Updated Resources and Tools for Reopening Schools and Childcare Programs

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated their guidelines for reopening of schools and childcare centers as of July 23, 2020.

The resources and tools made available on that date support how to open schools safely by promoting behaviors that prevent spread, altering how a school and school day is structured, and outlining how to keep the school environment healthy through cleaning, proper ventilation, and other practices. The resources and tools also describe what to do to guard against someone who might be sick from infecting others and what to do if this occurs.

The resources, available here, also provide students, school administrators, parents, guardians, or caregivers the information they need to guide their decision-making on attending in-person curriculum and how to adapt to local conditions.

Source: Updated Resources and Tools for Reopening Schools and Childcare Programs

    Deciding to Go Out

    This guidance tool, useful for both SBC professionals and the public, reviews important information one should consider before deciding to resume all, or some, of normal activities.

    As communities and businesses are opening, people may be looking for ways to resume some daily activities as safely as possible. While there is no way to ensure zero risk of infection, it is important to understand potential risks and how to adopt different types of prevention measures to protect yourself and to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

    Of course, if one has COVID-19, has symptoms consistent with COVID-19, or has been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, it is important to stay home and away from other people. When one leaves home and begins to be around others depends on different factors for different situations.

    In general, the more closely you interact with others and the longer that interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread.

    Source: Deciding to Go Out

      Interim Guidance for Administrators of US K-12 Schools and Child Care Programs to Plan, Prepare, and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

      This interim guidance is intended for administrators of public and private child care programs and K-12 schools. Administrators are individuals who oversee the daily operations of child care programs and K-12 schools, and may include positions like child care program directors, school district superintendents, principals, and assistant principals.

      This guidance is intended for administrators at both the school/facility and district level. Why is this guidance being issued? This guidance will help child care programs, schools, and their partners understand how to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19 within child care and school communities and facilities. It also aims to help child care programs, schools, and partners react quickly should a case be identified. The guidance includes considerations to help administrators plan for the continuity of teaching and learning if there is community spread of COVID-19.

      Source: Interim Guidance for Administrators of US K-12 Schools and Child Care Programs to Plan, Prepare, and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

        Considerations for Schools

        This site includes all of the CDC’s recommendations for re-opening of schools and how to handle in-school situations.

        Source: Considerations for Schools

          Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

          This is the main website for US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC is currently adding articles covering a wide range of topics concerning the novel coronavirus pandemic, such as daily updates, symptoms, social distancing guidelines, and more.

          Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

            Interim Guidance: Public Health Communicators Get Your Community Ready for Coronavirus Disease 2019

            This interim guidance is based on what is currently known about the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will update this interim guidance as needed and as additional information becomes available.

            Source: Interim Guidance: Public Health Communicators Get Your Community Ready for Coronavirus Disease 2019

            Videos in American Sign Language

            This video, developed by the Centers for Disease Control, includes COVID-19 information in American Sign Language related to physical distancing, hand washing, and how to make a mask.

            Source: Videos in American Sign Language

              Stigma and Resilience (CDC)

              It is important to remember that people – including those of Asian descent – who do not live in or have not recently been in an area of ongoing spread of the virus that causes COVID-19, or have not been in contact with a person who is a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 are not at greater risk of spreading COVID-19 than other Americans.

              Source: Stigma and Resilience (CDC)

                COVID-19 Guidance for Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

                This page includes frequently asked questions about COVID-19 and pregnancy. The CDC provides information about what is known and unknown about pregnant women and infants and effects of COVID-19 during pregnancy, delivery, and breastfeeding.

                Source: COVID-19 Guidance for Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

                  Guidance for the Homeless

                  This interim guidance is based on what is currently known about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will update this interim guidance as needed and as additional information becomes available.