School Guidance

**Guidance and Recommendations will be updated on Mondays by 12:00pm.**

Updated 9/17/2021

On August 31, 2021, the Acting Secretary of Health issued a mandatory face-covering order effective September 7, 2021 for all Pennsylvania schools in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect and maintain in-person learning. Full details of the Order can be found here.”

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and Pennsylvania Department of Health (PADOH) plan have aligned practices and policies for safely operating schools with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Montgomery County Office of Public Health (MCOPH) in collaboration with Montgomery County Superintendents have developed recommendations for the Montgomery County School community to prevent disease transmission in the school environment.

COVID-19 School Exclusion Chart (English) (Updated 9/17/2021)

CDC Symptoms for Covid-19

COVID-19 Reporting to the Montgomery County Office
of Public Health

For the 2021-2022 school year the MCOPH will be implementing electronic reporting of COVID-19 cases associated with K-12 schools. Updates on electronic case reporting will be provided closer
to the start of the 2021-2022 school year.
Please report positive cases to

At-Home Covid Testing

MCOPH only recognizes COVID-19 test results completed under the supervision of a health care provider for release of quarantine. Negative results from over-the-counter at-home COVID-19 tests will not be accepted in order to be released from quarantine and return to school.

Seasonal Allergies or COVID-19? (Spanish)

  1. COVID-19 Testing
  2. Relevant Guidance
  3. Case Reporting, Quarantine, & Isolation

Below are several options for COVID-19 testing that are available for schools and families.