Vulnerable Populations / Accommodations Requirement

  • The following groups are at increased risk for complications from COVID-19 and may need added or alternative provisions for social distancing. Students who have family members who are in high-risk groups may also need to attend school remotely. Upon receipt of medical documentation, schools will make the necessary accommodations in the school community.

    Persons in these groups should consult with their healthcare provider regarding prevention:

    • Individuals age 65 or older
    • Pregnant individuals
    • Individuals with underlying health conditions including, but not limited to:
      • chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
      • serious heart conditions
      • immunocompromised
      • severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 or higher)
      • diabetes
      • chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
      • liver disease
      • sickle cell anemia
    • children who are medically complex, who have neurologic, genetic, metabolic conditions, or who have congenital heart disease are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 than other children. 

    Students with special needs or students who are medically fragile may not be able to maintain social distancing, hand or respiratory hygiene, or wear a face covering or mask. It is important for parents/ guardians to work with their child’s healthcare providers so that an informed decision can be made on how best to meet the child’s needs at school while protecting their health and safety. Transitioning these students back to school requires:

    • Planning and coordination of:
      • school health services personnel
      • special education personnel
      • pupil personnel services and
      • administration.
    • Being aware that such families are already under significant stress and COVID-19 has made their situations more critical.  

    Alternate plans created in consultation with school health personnel on how to meet the needs of the child while keeping social distancing may include:

    • Additional PPE for staff caring for such students
    • Assigning only one staff member to care for the students and/or
    • Decreased students in a classroom, alternating schedules, and provision of related services to an individual instead of group setting.

    Finally, if the parents/guardians choose not to send their child back to school, schools will need to pro­vide instruction remotely. 

    • Reopening plans will include policies regarding vulnerable populations, including students, faculty and staff who are at increased risk for severe COVID-19 illness to allow them to safely participate in educational activities and, where appropriate, accommodate their specific circumstances (pending medical documentation).
    • These accommodations may include but are not limited to:
      • remote learning or telework
      • modified educational or work settings
      • providing additional PPE

    We will keep accessibility in mind and must also identify and describe any modifications to social distancing or PPE that may be necessary for certain student or staff populations, including individuals who have hearing impairment or loss, students receiving language services, and young students in early education programs, ensuring that any modifications minimize COVID-19 exposure risk for students, faculty, and staff, to the greatest extent possible.

Last Modified on August 30, 2021