Back to School

The health and safety of IPS staff and students is paramount. Any student physically reporting to an IPS facility during the 2020–21 school year should adhere to the following guidance. 


Families are expected to monitor their children for symptoms of COVID-19. Children with symptoms of COVID-19 must be kept home and should not participate in any school related activities (Learning Hub, meal service pick up, etc.).

According to the CDC, people with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported — ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with the symptoms below may have COVID-19, and as such, parents should check for any combination of these symptoms prior to sending children to school and contact a health professional if symptoms arise and/or persist.  

  • Fever (over 100.4 F) or chills.
  • Cough.
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
  • Fatigue.
  • Muscle or body aches.
  • Headache.
  • New loss of taste or smell.
  • Sore throat.
  • Congestion or runny nose.
  • Nausea or vomiting.
  • Diarrhea.

Parents may also consider:

Has the student been exposed to a family member or any member of the household who has experienced any of the symptoms above or been diagnosed with COVID-19?

Ultimately, The CDC advises that students who are sick, have demonstrated any of the symptoms listed above, or who have recently had close contact with a person with COVID-19 stay home and seek medical attention.


Students should wear a face covering at all times when engaging in any school related activity.  

IPS will provide one free reusable mask for students and staff. Students will need to supplement the one reusable mask they are receiving from IPS with additional, cloth reusable masks. Families can check their school’s supply lists for details on how many masks are needed.  


It is the responsibility of families to ensure that student immunizations are updated before each new school year. To access the required and recommended immunizations for the 2020–21 school year, click here