COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidance

Following the science and aligning with expert guidance in order to keep students safe

In-person learning requires a layered approach to COVID-19 safety planning, including physical distancing when possible, wearing masks indoors, frequent hand washing, symptom screening, contact tracing, cough and sneeze etiquette, and other safety practices. Each strategy complements the others and work in concert to mitigate the overall risk of transmission. We will continue to assess our strategies and adapt our plan as we monitor community conditions. 

Currently, CDC guidance for fully vaccinated people recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status. 

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

MCPASD Covid Hotline: Phone | 608-829-9018 Email |

2021-22 MCPASD Parent Information Guide

English | Updated 1/12/2022

Spanish | Updated 1/17/2022

Key Components of MCPASD Covid-19 Health & Safety Guidance


Students working together

Students, staff and visitors will wear a mask while inside schools and district buildings. Masks are required, regardless of vaccination status.

Masks may be removed while eating or drinking.

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.

Students and staff will wear a mask 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.