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. 
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 >>

vaccination graphicSTUDENT COVID-19 VACCINATION 
Student COVID-19 vaccination is required by November 22. Details >>

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).

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.

Key Actions you should take in different COVID situations.

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Masks are 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

Each school has a COVID-19 Safety Plan.
(In the process of being updated for Fall 2021

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 >> 

Recent Federal, State, and National Guidelines and Guidance

On August 3, 2021, the Cambridge School Committee approved an update to the CPS COVID-19 Safety and Facilities Manual. Key protocols:
  • Mask are required indoors for all staff and students for the first semester. We will revisit this policy no later than January.
  • COVID-19 vaccinations are not required for students. Proof of full vaccination are required for those participating in CPS-related travel, interns, student teachers, volunteers, and chaperones.
  • 3 feet of physical distancing is required only when masks are off or for higher respiration activities.
  • Visiting school? Appointments and masks required indoors. Indoor meetings are limited to rooms with at least 4 air exchange rates.
  • Large community gatherings may take place outdoors and with food.
  • Walking field trips and field trips requiring a bus ride of 1 hour or less are permitted.
  • Meals must take place outdoors (weather permitting) or indoors with 3 feet distance between students facing in one direction.
Please note: COVID-19 protocols are subject to change based on guidance from local/state/federal Public Health officials.
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