K-12 Schools and Childcare Facilities

Things to Know:

Monitoring for Illness - Stay Home When Sick

To maintain a healthy school environment, children, teachers and staff who exhibit symptoms of any infectious disease should be excluded from school, per school policy. 

Schools should encourage all students/parents, staff, and teachers to self-monitor for symptoms of illness at home prior to leaving for school. Childcare facilities should also instruct staff and families of children attending their facility to conduct symptom monitoring or implement procedures for on-site screening prior to check-in.

Test for COVID-19 and consider testing for other infectious diseases like flu if appropriate.

Stay home if you have any of these symptoms:

  • Fever (greater than or equal to 100.4 F or 38 C)
  • Subjective chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue* 
  • New rash

*Children should not be sent home if fatigue is their sole symptom.  

For children or staff who have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, see the information about home isolation.

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K-12 Schools and Childcare Guidance


MCDPH is in complete alignment with CDC Operational Guidance for K-12 Schools and Childcare Programs.

Updates to K-12 Schools and Childcare guidance include: 

To maintain a healthy school environment, children, teachers, and staff who exhibit symptoms of any infectious disease should be excluded from school, per school policy.

CDC Frequently Asked Questions

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Reporting Communicable Disease Cases and Exposures to Public Health


Maricopa County K-12 school nurses or administrators and childcare providers may use our online reporting form below to report confirmed cases and outbreak concerns, specifically:

  • Single or multiple cases of confirmed COVID-19 in students/children, teachers, and staff
  • An outbreak concern*

    *MCDPH defines school outbreaks of COVID-19 as follows:
    • ≥3 laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases among students/children or staff with onsets within a 14-day period, who are epidemiologically-linked, do not share a household, and were not identified as close contacts of each other in another setting during standard case investigation or contact tracing

Other Communicable Disease Reporting (non-COVID) school/childcare reportable conditions, please continue to report to public health by completing a Communicable Disease Reporting Form and faxing the completed forms to 602-372-8935.

School and Childcare COVID-19 Reporting Form

To complete this form, please be prepared to report:

    • School or childcare point of contact information 
      • Email address required; please include your childcare facility-associated or school-associated email address
    • Basic school or facility information
    • Information about case(s):
      • Contact information
      • Demographics
      • Test date for PCR or antigen laboratory results
      • Symptom onset date
      • Grade / homeroom / classroom
      • Date of last attendance

After successful submission of the form, the point-of-contact will automatically receive guidance material via email from Public Health that will aid with managing facility or campus-related exposures, contact tracing, and notifying parents and staff.

For questions regarding use of the online reporting form, please email us at schoolhealth@maricopa.gov.

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Public Health Guidance

Notice of Exposure/Outbreak Template Letters

If close contacts were identified following a COVID-19 exposure at school or an outbreak has occurred, schools may use the following letter templates to send to parents and staff. Schools and childcare facilities are encouraged to report outbreak concerns to MCDPH by completing the COVID-19 Online School and Childcare Report Form.

  • School & Childcare Child or Staff Exposure: English | Spanish (Word - Rev. 8/30/22)
  • School Outbreak Notification Letter: English | Spanish (Word - Rev. 8/30/22)

Quarantine and Isolation Guidance

MCDPH is fully aligned with CDC on exposure and home isolation guidance.

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Contact Us

School Staff & Administration

If you are reporting cases of COVID-19 in your school or are seeking official guidance, please first see our Reporting Cases and Exposures section. Be sure to view our webinars for the most updated guidance and answers to questions being asked by our school community. If further clarification on any topic is needed, please contact us.


  1. You can speak to someone directly by calling our CARES Team at 602-506-6767 Mon-Fri 8am to 5pm.
  2. You also can submit your questions through our Contact Us web form.

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