Help Keep SPPS Open Safely
Wear Your Face Covering
K-12 students, SPPS employees and visitors are required to wear a face covering unless medically exempt, both at school and on the bus. Pre-K students are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings if they can do so in compliance with CDC guidance on How to Wear Cloth Face Covering.
Students, staff and visitors are expected to provide their own face coverings whenever possible. However, masks will be available for anyone who needs them.
Social Distance Where Possible
SPPS will work to provide 3 feet or more of spacing between elementary students where possible, and 3-6 feet for secondary students. Schools will limit mixing of students as much as possible throughout the day to minimize risk and reduce exposure. It’s important to know that certain circumstances may require closer contact between students and staff (i.e. tying shoes, offering emotional support).
Please talk to your children about keeping distance from others to help minimize the spread of COVID-19.
Conduct a Daily Health Screening
Families should conduct a health screening every morning before sending their student to school or the bus stop. School staff will also monitor for symptoms throughout the school day. COVID-19 symptoms may include fever, cough, difficulty breathing, loss of taste or smell, and other symptoms.
If your child is exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms, do not send them to school. Report the absence to your child’s school & submit a report to the COVID-19 Reporting System the same day for next steps.
It is strongly recommended that students and families that are learning in-person get a COVID-19 test every two weeks. Families can find locations for free COVID-19 testing here. In addition, elementary school staff have the option to receive a free COVID-19 saliva test every two weeks at their school.
Stay Home When You Are Sick
If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, have tested positive for COVID-19, or have had close contact with someone who has tested positive, do not come to school. Stay home when someone you live with has COVID-19 symptoms or has tested positive. Report the absence to your child’s school and submit a report to the COVID-19 Reporting System the same day for next steps.
Use the SPPS COVID-19 Reporting System
Positive student, employee or visitor cases should be reported the same day via the online SPPS COVID-19 Reporting System. Student Health & Wellness staff will follow up with recommendations and next steps.
Spring break is April 5-9. Unnecessary travel is highly discouraged. If you must travel, do what you can to protect yourself and your family.
Before you decide to travel, think about:
- How much COVID-19 is spreading where you are going and how much it is spreading in your local community.
- Whether you or someone you are traveling with could get very sick from COVID-19.
- How easy or difficult it will be to keep 6 feet between people.
- Whether you would be able to miss work, school or other activities if you get sick.
For international travel, follow federal guidelines. Visit U.S. Department of State: Travel and CDC: COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Destination for more information.