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Latest PA DOH and PDE Recommendations on Procedures for School Setting to Respond to COVID-19

Posted 4 months ago by Mary louise Neyhart

The Pennsylvania Departments of Health (DOH) and Education (PDE) released recommendations on procedures to follow when responding to COVID-19 cases in Pre-K to 12 school settings. This health-focused guidance will serve as an additional resource to help you plan as we ensure the health and safety of our school communities throughout the 2020-21 academic year.

When a case of COVID-19 is identified in a school setting, public health staff from DOH or the county or municipal health department will work with schools to provide additional guidance and advice related to cleaning and disinfecting, contact tracing and quarantine recommendations, and closing certain areas of the school or an entire school building if necessary.

Also being released today is a chart which complements the recommendations from DOH and PDE for responding to symptomatic students in schools and the conditions by which they can return.

These new resources are updates to the Public Health Guidance for School Communities originally released July 16.

Any questions regarding school reopening can be emailed to