Catholic Schools Onward

Best Practices and New Opportunities as We Move Forward


(Please note that as current information becomes available this page will be updated – 08.11.2020.)

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Movement about the building is essential and cannot be eliminated. Schools need to devise a plan to allow for travel throughout the building while keeping the students and staff safe.


Students need to travel from the bus, to their classroom, to the lavatory and other essential areas.  The specifics will differ from school to school, because each school’s physical layout is different. As this plan or movement is developed, please keep in mind the strategic use of masks, social distancing and maintaining cohorts.


  1. As people travel about the building, masks should always be worn.
  2. Directionality should be established in each school using some of the following principles:
    • Each school needs to determine if the hall will be split so students will travel in one direction through the hallway keeping travel restricted on each side of the hall to one direction.
    • Schools can dedicate a hallway to only travel in one direction if a loop is possible and students can get to point A and back following the loop. Schools should provide signage to help with this movement.
  3. A schedule should be developed that take into consideration the movement of cohorts around the building.
  4. Planned travel, such as to recess, should be organized so several cohorts are not in the hallway simultaneously.
  5. If students need to travel to classes at other discipline areas, such as science or social studies class, at the same time a dedicated plan needs to be established to minimize students being in the same area at the same time.
    • This could mean rehearsal of the movement
    • Establishing a staging area where child wait while others children move past them
  6. Routines and process such as keeping material and books as students travel to other rooms need to be established.
    • This may include keeping book pouches on the back of a chair or in additional cubby.
  7. Increased cleaning of all commonly touched items, like railings, door knobs should be cleaned throughout the day.
  8. Keep door held open during the change of classes to avoid unnecessary touching by students.

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