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Protect Populations Identified as at Increased Risk of Severe Illness from COVID-19


Protecting the health of vulnerable populations, including students and educators, is important. Each individual may have a different level of comfort returning to in-person learning, so it is important to listen to their needs and concerns and provide them options.

Guidance provides recommendations for “how to” implement a statute or rule. These recommendations in this toolkit are based on best practice and provide direction for how to operationalize the requirements set forth in various executive orders and public health orders. All efforts should be made to follow the recommendations when feasible.
  • Comply with legal requirements to provide alternative work assignments for older adults, pregnant people, and  those identified as at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
    • Allow parents to make the best decision for their families regarding attendance and provide remote learning options.
    • Decisions should be made on a case by case basis in collaboration with the student's parent/guardian, medical provider and appropriate school staff.
    • Consider how to support staff who may be a part of these categories. Staff in these categories may feel more comfortable supporting students who are continuing to learn through remote options, as well as virtually supporting learners and their families to navigate the new way of schooling and help accessing resources to support the continuity of learning.