K-12 School Guidance

Updated 1/24/2022

CDC has updated isolation and quarantine recommendations for the public. MCOPH has adapted updated isolation and quarantine requirements effective Tuesday, December 28, 2021. For more information visit the CDC’s Quarantine and Isolation site.

Montgomery County is currently experiencing a high level of community transmission, and mask-wearing continues to be an effective strategy for minimizing the spread of COVID-19–particularly in settings in which individuals are not vaccinated. At this time, Montgomery County Office of Public Health encourages schools to continue to require mask-wearing as recommended by the CDC.

COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Chart

Selecting a Safe Face Mask

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 1/24/2022)

*NEW* Guidance for Prioritizing Contact Tracing (Issued 1/11/2022)

CDC Symptoms for Covid-19

CDC COVID Isolation and Quarantine

Mask to Stay

Mask to Stay (MTS) allows staff and students who are exposed to COVID-19 in school or in the community, and who are asymptomatic to continue to attend school with required mask-wearing at all times when around other people for ten days after the date of exposure. If an individual cannot wear a well-fitted mask at all times during that 10 day time period, the exposed individual cannot participate in MTS, and must complete standard quarantine. MTS applies to Covid-19 exposures that occur in and outside the school setting but does not include household exposures.

Test to Stay

Test to Stay (TTS) is a tool in a layered COVID-19 prevention strategy that allows individuals who are identified as a close contact to a case of COVID-19 and who remain asymptomatic to continue to attend school and participate in extra-curricular activities in a modified quarantine while committing to a testing cadence. Individuals who develop symptoms of COVID-19 or test positive in TTS are directed to isolate. Individuals who do not participate in TTS will be required to quarantine for 5 days in accordance with standard requirements from PADOH. TTS for ONLY for staff members who have completed their primary vaccine series and has not receive a booster if eligible, and that were exposed to COVID-19 by a household member (household exposure). 

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

Effective January 3, 2022, the MCOPH will be moving to an aggregate reporting system for COVID-19 cases in K-12 schools. Updates to this process will be made available soon. Please direct any questions to MCSchoolsCovid19@montcopa.org

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.