Reducing Exposure Risk

To reduce COVID-19 exposure risks, students and staff members must always wear cloth face coverings or masks in all public spaces while at school unless they are exempt from doing so because of age, disability or specific health conditions.

They must also adhere to physical distancing and hygiene recommendations as specified by CDC and local health authorities. People who have been exposed to an individual with COVID-like symptoms should monitor themselves for symptoms and, if they become sick, stay home.


What is Exposure?

Person-to-person transmission of COVID-19 happens primarily through close contact (within 6 feet of someone for about 15 minutes) and respiratory droplets from an infected person coughing, sneezing or talking. Exposure may occur by close personal contact (example: shaking hands or touching a contaminated object or surface and then touching mouth, nose or eyes).


What is Close Contact?

  • anyone who has been within 6 feet of a person infected with COVID-19 for a combined total of 15 minutes or more within a 24-hour period  
  • anyone who has had unprotected direct contact with infectious secretions or excretions (urine, stool, saliva, respiratory droplets) 
  • use of cloth masks or face shields by the person with COVID-19 or the close contact does not change this definition