Photo of prek student getting covid screening

working together to keep our community safe

Somerville Public Schools and the City of Somerville implemented COVID-19 safety guidelines and protocols, and made improvements to all our buildings' ventilation systems. SPS routinely screens consenting students and staff for COVID-19. Our community also follows evidence-based protocols for social distancing, handwashing, and masking. We urge our community members and eligible students to get vaccinated against COVID-19 to prevent the spread of the disease. Please read through this page for resource materials to answer your questions about COVID-19 and learn about our policies. You may also contact your school's nurse with questions. Read the latest Superintendent's Communication to get the most recent district updates.

Use the Daily Symptom Checklist Every Morning

Go through the Daily Symptom Checklist with your child before they leave the house each morning. Don't risk the health of your child or their community by sending them to school with symptoms.


What to do if your child has Symptoms of COVID-19 at home 

Read what you should do if your child has COVID-19 symptoms at home: English. Families can make an appointment for a COVID-19 test through the Health and Human Services Department website, by calling 311, or with the assistance of your School Nurse.


What happens when your child develops symptoms of COVID-19 at school

Read how school nurses and staff work with a child who has COVID-19 symptoms at school: English.


What to do when your child comes into close contact with an infected individual 

Read what you should do if you or a close contact tests positive for COVID-19: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole


Steps your family needs to take to travel safely

View the CDC travel guides for domestic travel (within the United States) and international travel.


Information about COVID-19 Testing at School

IMPORTANT: If you have not already done so, fill out the COVID-19 Testing Consent Form for yourself (staff) or your child (student).

Visit the COVID-19 Testing in SPS to learn how we use testing to screen for COVID-19 infection and the process for screening in our schools. Visit the City of Somerville COVID-19 Testing page for information about COVID-19 screening for students and community members outside of the school system, including rapid PCR testing through the City of Somerville Health and Human Services Department.


wearing a mask in school

In compliance with the Somerville City Council Public Indoor Face Covering Mandate, students, staff, and visitors to our schools and facilities must wear a mask.


getting vaccinated

Students ages 12 and older and staff are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as a way to protect themselves from serious illness or death and to reduce the likelihood of infecting others. Students must be fully vaccinated in order to participate in extracurricular activities or athletics, as mandated by the Somerville School Committee. Learn more about vaccination for participating in extracurricular activities. Find convenient, free vaccination opportunities on the City of Somerville Vaccine page


Maintaining Physical Distance

Students and staff maintain 3 feet of social distance and meals are eaten outdoors when possible.