ACPS COVID-19 protocols

Patrick McLaughlin gave a Covid-19 presentation to the school board during the 8/12 board meeting. Click here to view the presentation:

You can watch the full meeting here:

The comments/questions of the board after the presentation will help you understand the board’s plan and thought process better than these slides or this summary.  


1. Parents are responsible for completing an at-home health screening of their child prior to allowing children to board a school bus or enter a school building.

2. There are 5 steps for school divisions to consider as operational decisions are made for and during the 2021-2022 school year.

3. All students, employees and visitors must wear masks when inside school buildings or on school buses regardless of their vaccination status.

4. Any student or employee who develops COVID-19-LIKE symptoms at school will be excluded from school and referred to a health care provider to see if COVID-19 testing is warranted. Before a symptomatic student may return to school, the  Return to School Plan Form must be completed by a health care provider.

5. If there is a confirmed case of Covid-19, the person who has tested positive will be excluded from school until “Return to School or Work Criteria” has been met. School will work with health department contact tracing team to identify individuals at risk of disease transmission and ask close contacts to quarantine (stay home) and monitor for symptoms for 14 days from the last day of exposure

6. Students will maintain a distance of at least 3 feet from other students and at least 6 feet will be maintained when students are participating in moderate to vigorous physical activity, singing, or playing a musical instrument. 

7. The decision to close a school facility will be based on factors that include, but are not limited to the extent of an identified outbreak in an ACPS facility; COVID-19 conditions in the community; Absenteeism rates among staff and students; and local and/or state ordinances/orders.

If needed, individual schools will temporarily transition to fully virtual instruction