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.
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.
- 2021-2022 School Year: Montgomery County COVID-19 School Guidance (updated 12/21/2021)
- For data on school district level of community transmission, please visit the Montgomery County COVID-19 Data HUB. School district level of community transmission will be updated on the COVID-19 HUB on Wednesday.
- MCOPH Public Health Advisory: Updated Interpretation of CLIA-Certified Point of Care Antigen Test
COVID-19 School Exclusion Chart (English) (Updated 11/1/2021)
- Arabic (Updated 11/1/2021)*
- Korean (Updated 11/1/2021)*
- Spanish (Updated 11/1/2021)*
- Vietnamese (Updated 11/1/2021)*
Test to Stay
Test to Stay (TTS) is a COVID-19 prevention strategy that allows individuals who are identified as a close contact to a case of COVID-19 to continue to attend school and participate in extra-curricular activities in modified quarantine for 7 days after the last day of exposure. To participate in TTS, individuals will need to opt-in to completing an antigen testing cadence for COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2 virus), remain symptom-free, and test negative to be able to remain in school and participate in extra-curricular activities over their 7 day quarantine period. MCOPH has collaborated with the CDC, CHOP Policy Lab, and Montgomery County Superintendents to develop recommendations for the Test to Stay for Montgomery County Schools.
CDC views Test to Stay as a promising practice. It is important for schools/districts implementing TTS to evaluate the effectiveness of this strategy. All schools/districts should have a system in place to internally track those participating in TTS to include demographic information, exposure information, and testing details. MCOPH has created a Sample MCOPH TTS Tracking Template of the information that should be included in school/district data collection.
COVID-19 Reporting to the Montgomery County Office of Public Health
For the 2021-2022 school year, the MCOPH will be implementing electronic reporting of Covid-19 cases associated with K-12 schools. Updates to this process will be made available soon. Please report positive cases to MCSchoolsCovid19@montcopa.org.