COVID-19: Schools and Child Care

K-12 Schools

What Safer at Home means for SchoolsGovernor Tony Evers directed DHS to close all K-12 schools (public and private) for instructional and extracurricular purposes. The mandated closure begins at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, and will last through the end of the public health emergency declared by the Governor on March 12, 2020, or until a superseding order is issued.

Read Gov. Evers, K-12 School Closure FAQs.

Educational institutions may remain open for non-instructional purposes, such as medication pickup, child care services, providing meals, and when operating as polling places. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) is coordinating information related to school closures during the outbreak.

More can be found at: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's COVID-19 webpage.

Child Care Providers

What Safer at Home means for child careAt this time, child care programs are encouraged to remain open during the COVID-19 outbreak, if able, but must operate with no more than 10 staff and fewer than 50 children present, in compliance with an order issued by Governor Evers on March 18, 2020. Programs are encouraged to prioritize access to child care services for essential workers, such as first responders, health care providers, and critical infrastructure workers. Work with your local public health department for assistance. 

The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) is coordinating information and guidance on child care programs, Head Start, and 3- and 4-year-old kindergarten programs and related child care programs during the outbreak.

Child care information for essential workers.

Read Gov. Evers, Child Care Setting Restriction FAQs.

More can be found at: Wisconsin Department of Children and Families COVID-19 webpage.

CDC Resources

K-12 Schools and Child Care Programs

  • Interim Guidance for Administrators
  • FAQs for Administrators
  • Talking With Children About COVID-19
  • Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations
  • Checklist for Teachers, Parents, and Administrators

Institutes of Higher Education

  • Interim Guidance for Administrators
  • Guidance for Student Travel
  • FAQs for Administrators
  • Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations
  • Checklist for Administrators
Last Revised: March 30, 2020