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COVID-19 School Guidance


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 Program Contacts

Suzanne Hrusch MPH, RS
Program Manager
216.201.2000 ext 1242
Rick Novickis MPH, RS
216.201.2000 ext 1200


Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ document is current as of July 26, 2020. We will provide updates as they become available.

Click here to see the current FAQ


CDC Guidance

FAQ for School Administrators on Reopening Schools

Guidance for K-12 School Administrators on the Use of Cloth Face Coverings in Schools

Preparing K-12 School Administrators for a Safe Return to School in Fall 2020

School Decision-Making Tool for Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians

Screening K-12 Students for COVID-19 Symptoms: Limitations and Considerations 


Statewide guidance

The Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Health have issued health and prevention guidance for K-12 schools.

ODE-ODH Guidance for K-12 schools


CCBH Guidance

Recommendations for the opening of the 2020-21 school year 7.30.20


Screening for symptoms and illness

Before entering the building, staff, students and visitors should be screened about their current health status.

CCBH has provided a list of symptoms that are commonly associated with communicable diseases.

School Health Screening


Cleaning commonly-touched surfaces

Items such as desks, chairs, door handles, computer keyboards and other commonly-touched surfaces must be regularly cleaned and disinfected to prevent the spread of illness such as COVID-19 and other communicable diseases.

Follow the link below to see the CDC’s list of best practices and to access the EPA list of approved disinfectants.

Cleaning & Disinfecting Your Facility 

In response to requests for a product that is ready-to-use, has a brief dwell time and the lowest EPA toxicity rating, please follow the links below to learn more.

Surface Disinfectant and Sanitizer Spray

Evaluation of a Novel Alcohol-based Surface Disinfectant 


Facial coverings

Wearing masks helps to prevent the spread of COVID-19. They are recommended by CCBH for use by students and adults in the school environment.

Cuyahoga County is also subject to the orders set forth by the state health director mandating the use of masks. A list of exemptions for wearing facial coverings is found on page three of the director’s order.

Face shields help to prevent the spread of respiratory droplets and can be used in situations where face masks are not tolerated or able to be worn by students.

Cloth Facial Coverings

State Health Director’s Order


Medical Services

Your school’s clinical staff will be relied upon in ways like never before. Please be as prepared as possible by learning as much as you can about those who may be at risk, how to handle someone who is sick, and how to help protect the mental health of those who may be affected. Please follow the links below to CDC guidance:

Caring for Someone with COVID-19

People at Increased Risk for Illness

Quarantine and Isolation

Employee health

Please review the guidelines below from CCBH about implementing best practices for maintaining employee health.

Employee Health Policy Guidelines for COVID-19

Employee Illness Policy


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