Centers for Disease Control "School Decision Tree" and considerations for school closure resource

Joy Hofmeister State Seal

March 14, 2020

Dear District and School Leaders,

As we continue to develop resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to ensure you have access to updated information and guidance being developed on an ongoing basis by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

On March 12, the CDC revised its Interim Guidance for Administrators of K-12 Schools and Childcare Programs to include a tiered approach to COVID-19. This "School Decision Tree" resource explains in detail the decisions schools should be making in response to various scenarios, from preparation to minimal, moderate and significant community transmission, even in the event a case occurs in the school community. We have created a slide format of the School Decision Tree, with relevant hyperlinks, for your convenience. 

Just hours ago, the CDC developed a new document, Considerations for School Closure. This document examines the pros and cons of short-, medium- and long-term closures, should the need arise. I strongly encourage you to review both the Power Point and school closure document as soon as possible. 

Please continue to check the COVID-19 webpage on the OSDE website, The CDC and others are developing new information very quickly, and we will be adding to the page often.

Thank you for your ongoing work and partnership to ensure that our school communities remain safe and healthy.


Joy Signature  

Joy Hofmeister
State Superintendent of Public Instruction

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Last updated on March 15, 2020