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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:

Please click on this link to review the thresholds established to assist school administrators in making decisions on re-opening.

The City-County Health Authority wrote a letter to the Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath recommending pausing the return of students to schools for in-person instruction, and scaling-back the number of students currently receiving in-person instruction if the situation continues to worsen. Read the letter.

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


School Closure Guidance

The City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) in collaboration with El Paso area public and private schools have created a Guidance document on school closures for in-person instruction that includes decision thresholds:

Guidance On School Closure For In-Person Instruction

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:

Guidance for Graduation and Commencement Ceremonies (Apr. 26)

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