COVID-19: Information for Schools and Daycares
The top priority is to ensure that all children have access to in-person instruction this year in a manner that prioritizes the health and safety of the students, teachers, school staff, their families, and the community.
Preventing the spread of COVID-19, keeping children healthy, and meeting their educational and social needs are not mutually exclusive goals.
To ensure the health and safety of students, staff, and the community, DCHD strongly recommends that schools adopt a policy to require universal indoor masking regardless of vaccination status, in addition to having all evidenced-based prevention strategies in place at the start of the school year.
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.
CDC released updated Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in Kindergarten (K)-12 Schools and COVID-19 Guidance for Operating Early Care and Education/Child Care Programs on July 9, 2021. The updates are based on the latest science in Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in K-12 Schools and Early Care and Education Programs – Updated, and emphasizes the COVID-19 prevention strategies most important for K-12 schools and child care programs to support in-person learning and care. This guidance also included considerations for K-12 schools and childcare programs to promote equity in education and health.