FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 19, 2021
2021-2022 M-DCPS Back-to-School COVID-19 Safety Protocols
Miami-Dade County Public Schools
(M-DCPS) prioritizes the health and safety of its students and employees above
all. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly 18 months ago, M-DCPS
has made decisions regarding protocols according to science-based guidance from
leading health and safety organizations as well as public health and medical
experts. As the information available on COVID-19 evolves, the District
continues to adjust its policies for the 2021- 2022 school year.
Following recommendations recently
issued by the District’s Public Health and Medical Experts Task Force, M-DCPS
is implementing a multi-layered approach to address COVID-19 with
the following protocols for the upcoming school year:
- Facial coverings
are mandatory for all students, employees, volunteers, and
visitors while in M-DCPS facilities and on school buses. Students
and employees may receive an accommodation for a medically
documented need in accordance with federal law.
- Maximum physical distancing will be
observed in classrooms, school buses, and cafeterias. Alternate seating
areas for mealtimes will be utilized when possible.
cleaning and sanitization protocols will continue
to be implemented on school buses, campuses, and District
- Personal hygiene behavior,
including frequent handwashing and the use of hand sanitizing
stations, will continue to be encouraged.
- Improved environmental
technology will be implemented in school sites, including enhanced
air filtration purifiers, ionization systems, and upgraded A/C units.
- Circulation of outdoor fresh air
into our school buildings will be maximized.
- HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air
conditioning) systems will run at maximum outside airflow for two hours
before and after school buildings are occupied.
- All schools will have a health
- The quarantine process
will focus on individuals directly impacted by a potential exposure
through the consistent maintenance and monitoring of seating charts. This
will avoid having to quarantine entire classes or departments, to the
- Current quarantine
protocols require isolation for 10 days, regardless of
COVID-19 test results.
- Visitor access to school
sites will be limited.
- M-DCPS will continue to
encourage eligible students and employees to receive
the COVID-19 vaccine and work with community partners
to provide vaccination opportunities.
will monitor local conditions on an ongoing basis to reevaluate, and possibly
adjust, its current COVID-19 protocols. Working together, with the support of
families and the community, we can ensure a successful 2021-2022 school year.
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