Phase 4: Schools Open with Safety Protocols


Group sizes may be limited

Information is current as of Sept. 14, 2020, and subject to change.

Phase 4: Return to mostly normal instruction with health protocols.

  • Schools are open with a heightened awareness of health and safety as part of a "normal."
  • Students attend school each day but group sizes may be limited.  
  • Provide consistency and easy access to a student's remote learning resources in one place via online learning pages. For example, an elementary teacher's page may feature messages from the teacher, and links to Google Classroom, Microsoft Teams, other learning applications. 
  • School health and safety procedures: While in school buildings, students and staff are required to wear face coverings and follow all other health and safety protocols. 
  • Mental health services and supports are available.
  • Integrated Services support of students is available - see details and what that looks like in each phase on the IS Support of Students with Disabilities in 2020-21 web page.


Elementary Schools

  • Student and staff groups are as static as possible throughout the day. 
  • Schools will prioritize cohorting by class. If that's not possible, schools will cohort by grade level​
    • Interventionists and service providers
      • Deliver instruction to support standards-based learning virtually (Microsoft Teams) on-site
      • Maintain distance and meet with students from one class at a time.
      • Disinfect between group
      • Students from different classes are not mixed if cohorting by class. Students from different grade levels are not mixed if cohorting by grade level.
  • Social and emotional learning is integrated throughout the day.
  • Specials are provided in the homeroom classroom or outside.
  • Nonessential visitors, volunteers, and activities may be restricted.
  • Pre-plated meals will be picked up by students and eaten in the classroom or outside, following social distancing requirements through the process.
  • Safety provisions are made in hallways and common areas for students and staff.

See the In-school Health and Safety web page for additional procedures at schools.


Middle and High Schools

  • Passing periods will be planned to minimize the number of students in the hallways, as possible.
  • Lunch periods may be staggered with distancing requirements in place.
  • Nonessential visitors, volunteers, and activities may be restricted.

See the In-school Health and Safety web page web page for additional procedures at schools.

Contact Information

Questions about the 2020-21 school year? 

Please contact your school first. If you still have questions, email