COVID-19 Information and Updates

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Reopening Plan - Fall 2024

(Updated May 2024)

While the COVID-19 pandemic has eased a bit, we must be aware that the disease is still among us and is easily spread. It is important that we remain vigilant while going about our daily work to provide the best and safest opportunities for all students. This includes monitoring the health of each child and staff member each day, keeping them home when sick, and testing for COVID-19 if symptoms suggest.

1.      Continue to focus on personal hygiene (frequent hand-washing, minimal sharing of supplies, proper sneeze and cough etiquette).

2.      Maintain the expectation of daily self-checks for symptoms or possible exposure to positive cases by staff members and families of students.

3.      Ongoing use of improved air filtration systems to remove particles and contaminants from indoor air.

4.      Continue to promote vaccines for students in approved age groups, with potential for vaccination clinics throughout the fall.

5. Follow US CDC guidance on Isolation and quarantine for People with COVID-19.

When you may have a respiratory virus...‎

Stay home and away from others (including people you live with who are not sick) if you have respiratory virus symptoms that aren't better explained by another cause. These symptoms can include fever, chills, fatigue, cough, runny nose, and headache, among others.*

  • You can go back to your normal activities when, for at least 24 hours, both are true:

    • Your symptoms are getting better overall, and

    • You have not had a fever (and are not using fever-reducing medication).

  • When you go back to your normal activities, take added precaution over the next 5 days, such as taking additional steps for cleaner air, hygiene, masks, physical distancing, and/or testing when you will be around other people indoors.

    • Keep in mind that you may still be able to spread the virus that made you sick, even if you are feeling better. You are likely to be less contagious at this time, depending on factors like how long you were sick or how sick you were.

    • If you develop a fever or you start to feel worse after you have gone back to normal activities, stay home and away from others again until, for at least 24 hours, both are true: your symptoms are improving overall, and you have not had a fever (and are not using fever-reducing medication). Then take added precaution for the next 5 days.

Federal Relief Spending-use of funds

Throughout 2020 - 2024, federal relief funds have been provided to the Yarmouth Schools in the amount of $3,176,191. The bulk of those funds were spent hiring additional staff to assist with remote learning, physical distancing, cleaning of facilities, and student health support. Monies were also expended to upgrade ventilation systems in each school, rent tents to provide for outdoor classrooms, and purchase technology hardware, software, and licenses to assist in student learning. A summary of expenditures is provided here.

Update: May 2024


December 2021: Yarmouth Schools reopened in September 2021 in accordance with the “Plan for Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services” adopted on August 16, 2021. The Plan was reviewed and revised on November 18, 2021, January 13, 2022, and October 13, 2022, and was reaffirmed for the 2023-2024 school year.

Implementation of the Plan continued between January 13, 2022 and June 30, 2022. The Plan was reviewed on February 10, 2022, and February 28, 2022 and August 11, 2022 and August 10, 2024 by the Yarmouth School Committee.

Archived Reopening Plans:

Plan for Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services

Increasing in-person learning, Spring 2021

Returning to Learning, Fall 2020