Since the onset of the pandemic, Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) has relied on science and data to guide its decision making regarding COVID-19 protocols. These decisions have been informed by data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and medical experts. Due to a surge in COVID-19 cases during the holidays, driven by the highly contagious Omicron variant, M-DCPS is modifying its existing protocols.

Beginning Monday, January 3, 2022, and until further notice, the following protocols will be implemented:

All employees must wear facial coverings when indoors, and in district-issued vehicles when not driving alone.

Employees who test positive for COVID-19 should:

  • stay home for 5 days.
  • return to work on Day 6, if asymptomatic or if symptoms are resolving (no fever for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication).
  • continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.

Applying these guidelines during winter break, allows any employee who tested positive for COVID-19 prior to December 29 to return to work January 3, 2022, if the employee is asymptomatic or has symptoms that are resolving.

Frequent handwashing, social distancing, COVID-19 testing, and vaccination will continue to be encouraged. Additionally, the District will leverage its existing partnerships with local health and municipal entities to further expand COVID-19 testing and vaccinations in our schools.

M-DCPS will continue to follow science, consult with medical experts, and review its procedures on a weekly basis to identify opportunities for further adjustment of COVID-19 protocols.

Questions regarding mask protocols or isolation should be directed to your worksite administrator.

This website is designed to inform stakeholders of the District’s plans for the 2021-2022 school year. On this site, you will find information regarding District programs, policies, and procedures for the 2021-2022 school year.

This page is being updated. For the latest information please contact your school, or visit

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