As you plan and prepare, you should reinforce healthy practices to everyone on campus and prepare for a potential case of COVID-19, regardless of the level of community transmission.

As you create and update your preparedness plans, work with your local health officials to determine the most appropriate plan and action for your college or university. Together, you will need to consider your local community situation—whether you have local transmission in your community, and if so, the level of transmission (none/minimal, minimal to moderate, substantial).

CDC has created guidance for the scenarios listed below, to help colleges, universities and their partners understand how to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19 within their campus, and to react quickly should a case be identified. The administrators’ guidance includes information about the following:

  • How to prepare if you have no community spread of COVID-19.
  • How to prepare if you have minimal to moderate community spread in your community.
  • How to prepare if you have substantial community spread in your community.
  • What to do if a person with COVID-19 has entered your school.

See CDC’s full interim guidance for more details.

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