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Return To School Guidance For Schools

Maintaining the health and well-being of the students, teachers, administrators, nurses and all staff is of utmost importance for El Paso health and school officials during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the onset of the pandemic, public health and school officials have worked closely together to jointly determine the safest approach to re-open schools. The City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) has conducted several activities in preparation for returning to school, in particular in-person school instruction, to support school re-opening efforts, including:

The following are thresholds established by the DPH to assist school administrators in making decisions on re-opening:

Reporting COVID-19 Cases

Schools are required to report COVID-19 cases to the Department of Public Health and can fill out the “School District Report Form” and submit the document via fax or email at the following:

Fax: (915) 212-0170


Return to school

The following are educational materials for area school teachers and staff for returning to school as well as a flow chart and description of joint and coordinated management for COVID-19 case investigations and contact tracing. The information is based on data from the Texas Education Agency (TEA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding COVID-19 prevention, investigation and containment.

School Re-Opening Thresholds for School Year 2020-2021

Guidance if you are exposed to COVID-19

Guide for School Administrators

Considerations for School Closures

Presentation Overview on COVID-19 and Infection Control

Guide for Elementary Teachers

Guide for Secondary Teachers

Guide for School Nurses

School Nurses Tool: Decision Tree

Guide for School Coaches

Health Advisory Guidance on Return to Play

Return to Play Guidance Protocol and Clearance Medical Forms

Guide for Janitorial Staff

Guide for School Food Service Staff

Guide for Bus Drivers and Bus Monitors

School Flow Chart

School Flow Chart Instructions (K-12)

School Flow Chart In Case of Exposure

Flowchart for Bus Drivers

Symptoms of COVID-19 Table Graphic

Additional Guidance

The City of El Paso Department of Public Health, The Texas Department of State Health Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourage schools to follow the recommendations below:

Public Health: Guidance for Return to School (Fall 2020)

Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes

CDC: Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations

CDC: Interim Guidance for Administrators of US Childcare Programs and K-12 Schools

CDC: Preparing your school for a pandemic

FEMA: Addressing PPE Needs in Non-Healthcare Setting

Cleaning & Hand-washing

CDC – How to Clean and Disinfect Schools

CDC – Handwashing Website – classroom lessons, training materials, data, and resources

Texas Education

The TEA helps coordinate the flow of information from the state to districts, help districts solve problems, and provide guidance that will aid in districts’ decision-making.
Texas Education Agency Coronavirus (COVID-19) Support and Guidance