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COVID-19 School Recommendations

School & Child Care Recommendations

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School & Child Care Recommendations

These recommendations are founded on a layered mitigation strategy approach that when followed by schools, students, staff and families, will result in the collective success in meeting the goal to maintain in-person learning in schools and child care settings in Boulder County. The primary goals of these recommendations are:

  • To reduce the spread of COVID as well as other infectious respiratory diseases
  • To ensure that children can remain in in-person learning for the entire school year
  • To minimize school disruptions
  • To balance the physical health needs of children with the academic and social-emotional benefits of in-person learning


Recommendations for Schools and Child Care Settings

Boulder County Public Health (BCPH) follows the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) school guidance for all K-12 schools and Early Childhood Education (ECE) programs. CDPHE recommends the following:
  • Face coverings are strongly recommended indoors in all schools, child care and extracurricular activities, if returning to school after five day isolations and after five day quarantines
  • Promotion of vaccinations when available and age-appropriate
  • Symptom screening is strongly recommended. Ill students and staff are strongly recommended to remain at home and test.
  • Enforcement of quarantine for household contacts, sports teams with medium to high risk for close contacts, and when clusters or outbreaks are detected is strongly recommended
  • Social distancing as much as possible (3 feet minimum) is strongly recommended
  • Keeping attendance records, stable cohorts and seating charts where age-appropriate
  • Improving ventilation where possible is strongly recommended
  • Promotion of hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette
  • Routine cleaning


  • Enforcement of isolation
  • Reporting of cases and outbreaks to BCPH
  • Cooperation in the distribution of Public Health Notices and quarantine letters to family/guardians
  • Cooperation in case investigations and contact tracing

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