Schools Open with Safety Protocols

Group sizes may be limited

Information is current as of Aug. 3 and subject to change.

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.  
  • Remote learning resources are 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: Students, teachers and staff are expected to follow health and safety protocols.  Learn more on the Health and Safety web page. 
  • Mental health services and supports are available.
  • Integrated Services support of students is available - see the IS Support of Students with Disabilities web page.


Elementary Schools

  • Student and staff groups are as static as possible throughout the day. 
  • Schools 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.
      • 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.
  • Nonessential visitors, volunteers, and activities may be restricted.
  • Prepared meals are picked up by students in the cafeteria or delivered to classrooms, following social distancing requirements. School principals decide where students eat.
  • Safety provisions are made in hallways and common areas for students and staff.

See the Health and Safety web page or the 2021-22 School Year FAQs web page for additional procedures at schools.


Middle and High Schools

  • Passing periods are planned to minimize the number of students in the hallways, as possible.
  • Lunch periods may be staggered with distancing requirements in place.
  • Students may eat in the cafeteria, classroom, or common space if they have assigned seats and are socially distanced. When weather permits, outdoor eating is encouraged in a socially distanced manner.
  • Nonessential visitors, volunteers, and activities may be restricted.

See the Health and Safety web page web page or the  2021-22 School Year FAQs web page for additional procedures at schools.

Contact Information

Questions about the school year? 

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