Schools and childcares should designate a staff member with decision-making authority that families and staff can notify of suspected illnesses.

Teachers, caregivers, and families should report any suspected infection to the designated staff member (health staff, school nurse, or childcare director)

School or childcare staff:

  • Any staff notified of a suspected illness should inform the designated staff member as soon as possible.
  • The designated staff member, in coordination with the registered school nurse, should report the suspected illness to us using this form
    • Please note: COVID-19 is a reportable condition. If you are notified that a student has novel coronavirus, contact us as soon as possible. This is allowed under FERPA.

Coronaviruses do not survive well on environmental surfaces but performing routine cleaning and disinfection of surfaces can help reduce any potential risk and reduce the risk of other respiratory illnesses that may be circulating such as the common cold and influenza.

  • Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces (e.g., doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handrails) with cleaners you would typically use according to the directions on the product label.
  • Provide disposable wipes so that commonly used surfaces (e.g., keyboards, desks, and remote controls) can be wiped down by students and staff before each use.
  • Include strategies for sharing information with staff, students, and their families.
  • Include information about steps being taken by the school or childcare facility to prepare, and how additional information will be shared.  
  • Direct parents and families to our website and social media channels for the most current and reliable information about COVID-19.

We can help you with communications to your school or childcare community. Please complete this form to ask us a question or request communications support.