School Health and Safety

The health and safety of our students, staff and families remains our top priority in the Elk Grove Unified School District. As we transition students and staff return to our campuses for in-person instruction, the school and classroom environment will look and feel different due to the COVID-19 health and safety measures put in place to maintain a safe learning environment. Our safe, equitable and responsive plan to reopen school is based on guidance provided by Sacramento Country Public Health, state and federal agencies and will be updated as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve.

Maintain Social Distancing Signage

Physical Distancing

  • All classrooms will be designed for students to sit 6 feet distance apart. Teachers desks will also be at least 6 feet from student desks. 
  • Signs are placed all around the school campus to remind students and staff to keep 6 feet distance from others.  
  • When students are in a line, they will be spaced 6 feet apart. 
  • During recesses, students will be monitored by staff to maintain 6 feet distance as much as possible and ensure all students are wearing face coverings. 

Socially Distanced Classroom Set-up

Classroom Set-up

  • All classrooms will be designed for students to sit 6 feet distance apart. Teachers desks will also be at least 6 feet from student desks. 
  • Shared supplies will be kept to a minimum.  If supplies are shared, washing of students’ hands and cleaning will be done in-between use.  
  • Students’ personal items will be stored at their assigned desks, or in a designated area, so items do not mix with other students.

Examples of Elementary Classroom Set-up

Click on thumbnails below to view larger images of elementary and secondary classrooms.

Examples of Secondary Classroom Set-up

Cleaning & Disinfecting

  • Increased frequency of cleaning and disinfecting is occurring throughout the District. 
  • Increased frequency of cleaning and disinfecting high touch point areas, such as doorknobs, handles, desks, light switches, sinks and drinking fountains, counters, tabletops, chairs, phones, keyboard and mouse. 
  • Use of shared items will be limited, but if items are shared, cleaning and disinfecting will be completed between use. 
  • Cleaning and disinfecting will be completed between each cohort. 
  • With clear guidance and directions, students in secondary and upper grades in elementary will be given the opportunity and means to clean their own work areas with cleaning technology that is safe for student use. 
  • All teachers will have access to safe cleaning technology for classroom use.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) & School Safety Environment

All schools will be equipped with the following:

  • Adult sized disposable masks
  • Child-sized disposable masks
  • Adult-sized cloth masks
  • Child-sized cloth masks
  • Face shields to be worn with a mask
  • Face shields with a drape (in lieu of wearing a mask)
  • Disposable gowns
  • Hand sanitizer located in every room and throughout campus
  • Sneeze guards in appropriate locations
  • Touchless thermometers
  • Isolation rooms staffed by appropriately trained individuals
  • Social distancing indicators in walkways, hallways and areas where students ingress and egress
  • Safe and effective sanitizing supplies, including in every classroom
  • Upgraded air filters that can filter bacteria and viruses
  • New technologies to effectively and efficiently sanitize campuses
  • All classrooms will be set up to ensure six feet of social distancing
  • The attached signage will be located throughout every campus

COVID-19 Signage – Elementary
COVID-19 Signage – Secondary

Girl wearing mask illustration

Face Coverings

  • All staff and students must wear face coverings while on campus, except when eating and drinking. Exemptions for the face coverings include:
    • Certain special education populations, when it would be challenging for students to not touch face covering and express breathing difficulties.
    • For students or staff who have respiratory health conditions.
    • For those with hearing impairments, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see their mouth is essential for communication. 
    • Face shields with a drape or clear face covering would be recommended in the above situations. 
  • Face coverings will be provided should a staff member/student require one. 

Face Covering/Mask Guide – Information on appropriate face coverings

Hygiene Practices

  • Promoting healthy hygiene practices will be encouraged throughout the school day, which includes hand washing, avoiding touching one’s face, and covering coughs and sneezes. 
  • There will be designated times throughout the school day for students and staff to wash their hands. Hand washing times include:
    • Entering and exiting the classroom
    • Before and after eating
    • After using a tissue to cover a cough or a sneeze
    • After using the restroom
    • After being outside
  • Every classroom will have hand sanitizer, especially classrooms without access to a sink and soap.  
  • Proper hand washing signs are placed above or near every sink on campus.

Proper Handwashing Techniques Flyer

Symptoms & Exposures
symptom emojis

  • If a student becomes ill or displays symptoms on campus, the student will be directed to the “COSI” (Covid Symptom Isolation) room, where they will be monitored until picked-up.
  • Symptom Decision Tree  – Guide to when students should not attend school when ill (Source: Sac County Public Health)
  • Students should be symptom free for 72 hours prior to returning to school. 
  • Students should not attend school with any of the following symptoms: 
    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea

Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention (

Health Screenings

  • Parents/Guardians will be expected to check their student(s) for symptoms prior to arriving on campus each day. 

Reporting & Closures

The partnership between all families, EGUSD, and Sacramento County Public Health (SCPH), is imperative to maintaining a healthy campus. Preventing the spread of illness is a shared responsibility and we ask if anyone has contracted or has been exposed to COVID-19 or any communicable disease to directly report this to the site principal or their direct supervisor.  

  • Any exposures on campus will be documented, tracked, and reported to SCPH. Parents will be notified of exposures on campus. 
  • We work closely with SCPH to determine if a single cohort, grade level, or school will need to close. If closure does occur, students will transition to distance learning with no learning time lost. 
  • All personal information is kept confidential when communicating potential exposures.