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Do Your Part, Stay Apart

Students need to stay 6 feet from their classmates and teachers

One of the most challenging health and safety protocols for students returning to school buildings is to practice physical distancing. We get it. It’s been a long time and they’ve really missed being with their friends, teachers and other school staff.

But to help keep everyone and their families healthy, students need to stay apart while at school. They can’t hug their friends or their teachers or even give a high five.

For now, students need to stay at least 6 feet apart—about two arm lengths—from other students, teachers and other school staff at all times, indoors and outdoors.

Physical distancing (also called social distancing) is required when students are coming into or leaving school, walking the hallways, learning in the classroom, playing outside at recess and riding the bus. Schools may have dots on the floor placed 6 feet apart and directional arrows to help students stay apart.

Spacing may be less than 6 feet in some limited circumstances, such as on the school bus or when an additional adult is needed in the classroom, but this is only done with district approval as needed. It’s important to listen to the teachers and follow directions.

Physical distancing and wearing face coverings, practiced in combination with other everyday preventive actions, have proven effective in reducing the spread of COVID-19. Other preventive actions include staying home when sick and frequently washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Families are encouraged to continue practicing these preventive measures outside of school as well.

More Information:

Health & Safety Protocols for On-Site Learning
Back-to-School Video for Students: What’s New?
CDC Guidance for Physical Distancing

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