CPS COVID-19 Information

CPS works closely with the Cambridge Public Health Department and our school leaders to monitor the public health situation, gather input from the scientific, medical, and educator experts, and update our policies and procedures as necessary. Cambridge should have pride in CPS’s pandemic response. From the beginning of the pandemic, CPS has prioritized safe, in-person learning and made significant investments in a comprehensive plan to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 
badgeCOVID-19 SAFETY & FACILITIES MANUAL 
The CPS COVID-19 Safety and Facilities Manual is a working document that outlines CPS procedures and policies designed to reduce COVID-19 transmission.

dashboardCOVID-19 DASHBOARD 
The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information used by CPS and the Cambridge Public Health Department to make dynamic determinations about individual, school, and district quarantine needs. Visit the Dashboard >>

connectionsCOVID-19 TESTING & QUARANTINE PROTOCOLS
Key Actions you should take in different COVID situations.

View protocols (pdf) >> (English)

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vaccination graphicSTUDENT & STAFF COVID-19 VACCINATION 
All students ages 12+ are required to be fully vaccinated to participate in CPS-sponsored before and afterschool activities. CPS requires all staff to be fully vaccinated or participate in daily COVID-testing.
  • All members of the Cambridge Education Association and all staff that are not members of a union are required to meet this requirement by September 30.
  • Employees should review the staff memo for details.

testingCOVID-19 TESTING
CPS and the Cambridge Public Health Department partner to provide a comprehensive student COVID-19 testing plan. This plan includes both surveillance testing and pooled testing (to detect COVID-19 cases among individuals who are not displaying symptoms) and symptomatic testing (when students display symptoms during the school day).

ventilationVENTILATION 
Every CPS school has maximized air circulation through a combination of central systems, HEPA filters, windows, and fans. CPS performs regular air quality testing (CO2 monitoring) and results are posted online. CPS has also rented tents to support outdoor learning at many CPS school buildings.

maskMASKING 
Beginning Monday, March 14, 2022, masks are optional for all students and staff during the school day, at all CPS-sponsored events and activities including before and after school programs and in district offices. Masks will continue to be required in the nurse's office. Masks continue to be among the most effective ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Free masks are available at all schools. Keep in mind these three important masking tips:
  • Fit: Masks should fit securely over both your mouth AND nose.
  • Filtration: Aim for 90-95% filtration.
  • Wearability: Comfort is key to children keeping their masks on.
Resource: Masks Keep You Healthy

checklistYOUR SCHOOL'S COVID-19 SAFETY PLAN 
Each school has a COVID-19 Safety Plan.
(In the process of being updated for Fall 2021

groupCOVID-19 SAFETY, HEALTH & FACILITIES WORKING GROUP 
This group of scientists, doctors, educators, and families advises CPS on key COVID-19 health, safety, and facilities questions and provides recommendations to the Superintendent as needed. 

See group members and meeting recordings >> 

houseLEARNING WHILE IN QUARANTINE 
Individual students who are required to quarantine will be provided with learning opportunities that are developmentally and pedagogically appropriate for the student (assuming they are well enough to complete the work). Each quarantine will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to determine the appropriate services for each student. This updated document, CPS Quarantine Instructional Guidelines for SY2021-22, summarizes what JK-12 students and families can expect under a range of possible quarantine circumstances. 

Recent Federal, State, and National Guidelines and Guidance

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