School Guidance

Updated 10/13/2021

On August 31, 2021, the Acting Secretary of Health issued a mandatory face-covering order effective September 7, 2021 for all Pennsylvania schools in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect and maintain in-person learning. Full details of the Order can be found here.”

Selecting a Safe Face Mask

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and Pennsylvania Department of Health (PADOH) plan have aligned practices and policies for safely operating schools with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Montgomery County Office of Public Health (MCOPH) in collaboration with Montgomery County Superintendents have developed recommendations for the Montgomery County School community to prevent disease transmission in the school environment.

COVID-19 School Exclusion Chart (English) (Updated 10/13/2021)

CDC Symptoms for Covid-19



COVID-19 Reporting to the Montgomery County Office
of Public Health

For the 2021-2022 school year, the MCOPH will be implementing electronic reporting of Covid-19 cases associated with K-12 schools. Updates to this process will be made available soon.
Please report positive cases to MCSchoolsCovid19@montcopa.org

At-Home Covid Testing

MCOPH only recognizes negative diagnostic Covid-19 test results that have been performed through CLIA -Certified healthcare providers. Negative results from over-the-counter (at home) tests will not be accepted for release of quarantine and return to school.

Seasonal Allergies or COVID-19? (Spanish)

  1. COVID-19 Testing
  2. Relevant Guidance
  3. Case Reporting, Quarantine, & Isolation

Below are several options for COVID-19 testing that are available for schools and families.