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Schools K-12 COVID-19 Guidance

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Updated: May 28, 2021

As of June 1, 2021, all K-12 schools have the option to operate in-person without any capacity limits or restrictions within the City of Milwaukee. The CDC recommends schools continue to use the current COVID-19 prevention strategies, including masking, for the 2020-2021 school year, regardless of vaccination status. This recommendation is based on students under the age of 12 not yet being eligible for vaccination and schools needing ample time to make policy adjustments.

While K-12 Safety Plans no longer need to be approved by the Milwaukee Health Department to operate schools in-person, the K-12 Safety Assessment Tool and Reopening Guidance (updated 8/5/21) continue to provide guidance for best safety practices for teachers, students, and faculty.

The purpose of this tool is to assist K-12 schools with ideas and recommendations to continue to ensure the safety of teachers, students, and faculty. The Milwaukee Health Department continues to be available as a resource to help schools with individual safety policies by emailing [email protected]

*Please note: K-12 schools do not need to submit a safety plan to the Milwaukee Health Department to operate in-person learning.

More CDC guidance on safely operating K-12 schools

Frequently Asked Questions




K-12 schools who are reporting positive cases

Step 1: Complete the School Notification Form - to be completed by School COVID-19 Coordinator (do not click ‘submit’ until the contact list is attached). A separate school notification form should be completed for each COVID positive individual.

Step 2: Provide a list of close contacts using this excel template. Attach the contact list to the school notification form.

Step 3: Submit school notification form by clicking ‘Submit’ at the bottom of the form.

You will receive an email confirmation once the form has been received and reviewed.

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Please see the CDC Quarantine and Isolation Guide.