Note: Updated recommendations reflect the Amended Health Directive of 12/8/2020.
High: Red Zone
In-person learning is not recommended. If offered, it should be highly restricted and contingent on COVID-19 testing at least 25% of on-campus staff once a week. Close contacts of confirmed cases of COVID-19 must quarantine for 14 days. Special education students, at-risk students and students who lack access to resources required for learning should be prioritized for on-campus learning. It is recommended that schools utilize small, fixed pods of up to six students.
The red zone also recommends that schools not host in-person events, whether academic and/or athletic. Drive-through events are permissible. School athletes may engage in physical skill-building drills at home, alone, or with their household, under Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) guidance for youth sports. The red zone also recommends that colleges and universities conduct classes virtually.
Moderate: Yellow Zone
In-person instruction, if offered, should prioritize pre-kindergarten through elementary school students, special needs students, a larger number of at-risk students, and students who lack access to resources required for learning.
The amended directive recommends that building and room occupancy not exceed 50% and should be contingent on adequate ventilation and ability to create six feet of distance between students and staff. It is recommended that schools utilize small, fixed pods of up to 12 students.
Within the yellow zone, extracurricular and team activities should only take place if COVID-19 precautions can be enforced not only during main activities but also during breaks, meals, practices, in locker rooms and training rooms, and during bus rides.
Colleges and universities should only operate in-person if COVID-19 precautions can be enforced not only during classes and in public spaces, but also in shared housing, with support services and monitoring of students in quarantine or isolation.
Low: Green Zone
In-person instruction should take place under CDC guidance for minimal to moderate community transmission. Physical distancing by older children and adults, frequent hand hygiene and face coverings during high-contact activities are recommended in the green zone.