Important update: Healthcare facilities
CDC has updated select ways to operate healthcare systems effectively in response to COVID-19 vaccination. Learn more
Given new evidence on the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant, CDC has updated the guidance for fully vaccinated people. CDC recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status. Children should return to full-time in-person learning in the fall with layered prevention strategies in place.
The White House announced that vaccines will be required for international travelers coming into the United States, with an effective date of November 8, 2021. For purposes of entry into the United States, vaccines accepted will include FDA approved or authorized and WHO Emergency Use Listing vaccines. More information is available here.
Travel requirements to enter the United States are changing, starting November 8, 2021. More information is available here.

Schools and Child Care Programs​

Schools and Child Care Programs​

Plan, Prepare, and Respond

Updated Feb. 9, 2021

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School and Program Administrators

Returning to In-Person Learning

COVID-19 Mitigation Toolkit

To help schools plan for in-person instruction and ongoing operations: K-12 Mitigation Toolkit pdf icon Pdf[2 MB, 36 pages]

Get Ready for In-Person Learning

Conduct a 5-step walkthrough with health officials to review mitigation plans: School Walkthrough Guide pdf icon Pdf[1 MB, 30 pages]

Setting Up Your Classroom

How Do I Set Up My Classroom? Pdf[1 MB, 7 pages]

Teacher and Staff Checklists

Teachers and Staff Resuming In-Person Learning Pdf[115 KB, 3 pages] (print only)

For Teachers and Staff
For Administrators
For Everyone

Frequently Asked Questions
For administrators, teachers and parents


COVID-19 Vaccines

Protect and prepare your community. Get a COVID-19 vaccine when it is offered to you.

Vaccination for communities

Science Brief

Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 within schools can be limited with strict implementation of layered mitigation strategies, including universal and correct use of masks and physical distancing.

Scientific Brief: Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in K-12 schools

Printable Posters and Graphics
A student is showing signs of covid-19 in my classroom: what do I do?
A Student is Showing Signs of COVID-19 in My Classroom: What Do I Do?

Quick Guide for Teachers

A student is showing signs of covid-19: Quick guide for School Nurses
A Student is Showing Signs of COVID-19 and Needs to be Isolated: What Do I Do?

Quick Guide for School Nurses or School COVID-19 POC(s)

My Child is Showing Signs of COVID-19 at School: What Do I Do?
My Child is Showing Signs of COVID-19 at School: What Do I Do?

Quick Guide for Parents and Guardians

Stop the spread of germs that can make you and others sick!
Stop the Spread (Poster)

Preventative actions to help protect yourself and others.

Hands that look clean can still have icky germs! wash get soap Wash
Wash Your Hands (Poster)

Help children learn how to wash their hands.

Germs are all around you.
Germs Are All Around You (Poster)

Stay healthy. Wash your hands.

Handwashing is your superpower!
Handwashing Is Your Superpower (Poster)

Fight off Germs. Wash your hands.

Cover coughs and sneezes stop the spread of germs that can make others sick!
Cover Coughs and Sneezes (Poster)

Educate children on how to stop the spread of germs.

K-12 students
Did You Wash Your Hands? (Poster)

Help students do their part by washing their hands often.

K-12 students
Don’t Let Your Germs Go For A Ride (Poster)

Remind students to cover their coughs and sneezes.

K-12 students
Keep Space Between You And Others (Poster)

Encourage students to keep 6 feet of space when possible.

K-12 Students class rules poster
Class Rules for COVID-19 (Poster)

Encourage students to follow these rules to stay safe and protect others.

K-12 students
Don’t Feel Well? (Poster)

Encourage students to tell a teacher if they feel sick.