Health and Safety

There are MITIGATION STRATEGIES that all schools must follow for a full in-person return to school. Remote learning will be offered for families of children with medical issues or for some other reason. The conditions are as follows:

FIRST AND FOREMOST, PLEASE KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME WHEN ILL

  • Face Coverings/Masks
  • Regular Handwashing
  • Maximizing Social Distancing
  • Cohorting Students PreK-8
  • Sanitizing/Aggressive Cleaning of Schools

Latest Updates from Farmington Public Schools

If your child tests positive for COVID-19, please notify the Farmington Valley Health District at (860) 352-2333 and consult the Daily Screening Tool for Parents and Staff.

Please also complete this confidential “COVID-19 Reporting Over Break” form, which will help administrators determine when you may safely return to school. Please also contact the school nurse when school reopens for further guidance.


The following information is from DPH and CSDE regarding out-of-state travel during the upcoming school break. For more detailed information, please refer to the April 1, 2021 letter regarding out-of-state travel.

Out-of-State, Family travel (Recommended for the safety of our community)

  • Preferred
    • Seven day quarantine, followed by negative PCR test within the 3-5 day return OR
    • Full 10 day quarantine
  • Minimum Recommendation
    • Negative PCR test result upon return

Out-of-State, Sports related travel (Required)

  • Seven day quarantine, followed by negative PCR test within the 3-5 day return OR
  • Full 10 day quarantine

Effective March 19, the Farmington Valley Health District recommended the following changes to current quarantine guidelines:

  • The quarantine period for close contacts associated with potential exposures in a school setting will be reduced from 14 days to 10 days. This change is supported by data indicating that there has been very little if any secondary cases in close contacts associated with in-school close contact.
  • The quarantine period for close contacts in a household OR social gathering outside the school environment remains 14 days. We continue to see a significant number of secondary cases associated with household contacts and social gatherings.
  • The quarantine period for close contacts associated with potential exposures during sports remains 14 days—consistent with DPH Updated Guidance for the Operation of Interscholastic, Youth and other Amateur Activities during the COVID-19 Pandemic, effective March 19-May 27.
  • Individuals who are fully vaccinated are not required to quarantine should they be identified as a close contact of a confirmed case. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after the final dose, giving the body time to build antibodies against the virus.
  • Individuals who have tested positive for COVID in the past 90 days are not required to quarantine should they be identified as a close contact of a confirmed case.

On March 19, the Governor removed travel requirements for testing and quarantine upon return. While the Farmington Valley Health District continues to see many cases associated with travel, in the absence of a Governor’s directive, we encourage all schools to remind families of the following: While the Governor has eliminated the requirement for travel related quarantine, the Farmington Valley Health District continues to see cases associated with travel, both domestic and international. If a member of your family has traveled, we urge them to be vigilant and check for any symptoms. Even mild symptoms can be the first sign of COVID. If the traveler (family member or student) develops any symptoms, keep all family members home until the traveler has been tested.

COVID-19-RELATED PROTOCOLS & INFORMATION FOR THE 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR

FAQs: Health & Safety

If you have questions about COVID-19, please call 211. If you have symptoms, please contact your health provider.

If your child or any family members have a fever or symptoms of COVID-19: Immediately call your physician for guidance. Please see the guidance related to supporting your child physically and emotionally.