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639 Operating Schools During COVID-19: CDC Guidelines

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Course 639 Certificate
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Modules: 4
Hours: 2
Sector: Public Sector

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Course 639 Operating Schools During COVID-19: CDC Guidelines

Key Topics

  • Importance of Opening Schools
  • Isolation and Anxiety
  • Hierarchy of Controls
  • Protecting High-Risk Staff Members
  • Cleaning and Disinfecting
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Cohorting
  • Alternating Schedules
  • Recognizing Signs and Symptoms

Target Audience

  • School District Administrators
  • School Administrators
  • Teachers
  • Support Staff

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases like acute respiratory syndrome such as COVID-19.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) developed planning guidance on preventing exposure to infectious diseases based on traditional infection prevention and industrial hygiene practices. It focuses on the employer's need to implement engineering, administrative, and work practice controls and personal protective equipment (PPE).

This information for schools is intended to aid school administrators as they consider how to protect the health, safety, and wellbeing of students, teachers, staff, their families, and communities by:

  1. promoting behaviors that reduce COVID-19's spread
  2. maintaining healthy environments
  3. maintaining healthy operations
  4. preparing for when someone gets sick

The course provides a general awareness of COVID-19 preventive measures, based on OSHA's COVID-19 Webpage, and the CDC's Community, Work, and School Website.

The guidance described in this course is based on the best available evidence at this time. This guidance is meant to supplement—not replace—any state, local, territorial, or tribal health and safety laws, rules, and regulations with which schools must comply.

For the latest information on CDC guidance on opening schools, visit NPR's podcast: CDC Offers Clearest Guidance Yet For Reopening Schools.


To begin your training, click on the module links below. If you are just starting this course, you should begin with module one.

  1. Infectious Disease Prevention and Planning
  2. Exposure Control Strategies
  3. Plan and Prepare
  4. Maintaining Healthy Options

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  1. Operating schools during COVID-19: CDC's Considerations>
  2. OSHA's COVID-19 Webpage


  1. Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance Documents
  2. Common COVID-19 Citations: Helping Employers Better Protect Workers and Comply with OSHA Regulations
  3. ASSP COVID-19 Latest Resources
  4. Ten Steps All Workplaces Can Take to Reduce Risk of Exposure to Coronavirus
  5. National Pandemic Influenza Plans
  6. HHS Pandemic Influenza Plan 2017 Update
  7. Utah Dept. of Health Infectious Disease Emergency Response Plan
  8. Infectious Disease Emergency Response Plan - SFDPH
  9. Univ. of Texas Emergency Operations Plan Annex I - Infectious Disease
  10. SOG Sample Infectious Disease Exposure Control Plan
  11. Sample Policy for Emergent Infectious Diseases for Skilled Nursing Care Centers
  12. Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
  13. NIOSH Exposure Control Plan
  14. OSHA Infectious Diseases Page
  15. CDC Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings
  16. OSHA Training Requirements
  17. Guide to Infection Prevention for Outpatient Settings
  18. Guidelines for Environmental Infection Control in Health-Care Facilities
  19. COVID-19 Guidance for Restaurants & Beverage Vendors Offering Takeout or Curbside Pickup. (May 1, 2020).
  20. COVID-19 Guidance for the Construction Workforce (April 21, 2020).
  21. COVID-19 Guidance for the Manufacturing Industry Workforce. (April 16, 2020).
  22. COVID-19 Guidance for the Package Delivery Workforce. (April 13, 2020).
  23. COVID-19 Guidance for Retail Workers. (April 8, 2020).
  24. Prevent Worker Exposure to Coronavirus (COVID-19). (March 2020).
  25. COVID-19 Guidance for Dentistry Workers and Employers
  26. OSHA Guidance on Returning to Work
  27. >CDC Guidelines on Opening Up America Again