COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidance

MCPASD’s COVID health and safety guidance aligns with expert science to keep our students, staff, and community safe.

Recommendations from medical and public health experts at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Public Health Madison & Dane County (PHMDC) have changed over time as we better understood COVID safety measures and vaccines became available.

While the recommendations have changed over the last two years, our commitment to safety and the physical and mental health and well-being of our MCPASD community has not changed.

We continue to assess our strategies in consultation with medical advisors and public health experts. We will keep students and families informed of any changes in public health guidance that influence our health and safety policies.

We invite you to use this website as a resource for all of your COVID questions. Additionally, please feel free to call or email the MCPASD COVID hotline.  Phone | 608-829-9018 Email |

MCPASD continues to listen to and work with Medical Advisors from the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics.

2021-22 MCPASD Parent Information Guide

English | Updated 4/18/2022

Spanish | Updated 3/4/2022

Key Components of MCPASD Covid-19 Health & Safety Guidance


Students working together

Masks are recommended while inside schools and district buildings. Masks are recommended, regardless of vaccination status.

Buses & District Vehicles

A line of school buses picture from the back. The buses are in front of a school and there is a flag flying from a flag pole in front of the school.

Masks are recommended while on all district vehicles, including buses, vans, and suburbans, regardless of vaccination status.


girl wearing pink and playing outside

Students and staff are not required to wear a mask while outdoors on school grounds.

Standard Health Practices

girl washing hands under running water

Before coming to school or work, students and staff should conduct daily symptom checks and stay home if sick and not feeling well.

Follow practices of proper handwashing, cough & sneeze etiquette, and monitoring of symptoms.

Physical Distancing

drawing of a boy & a girl with  a double sided arrow between them, representing distance

Maintain a minimum three feet of physical distancing (when possible) for all individuals.


Picture of a man cleaning lockers in a school. The picture also shows cleaning supplies on a cart behind him.

Our regular cleaning protocols will remain in place, such as disinfecting “high touch-point” areas


drawing of a vial with the words Covid-19 Vaccine

Covid-19 vaccines are available for people ages 5 and older and have been shown to be highly safe and effective.

Public Health Madison & Dane County provide Vaccine information, including options for receiving the vaccine.

Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan