Skip to main content

Sonoma Family Life Magazine

Expect Masks and Social Distancing in Classes

COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on the lives of students and teachers. What will the reopening of schools look like? “Roadmap to a Safe Reopening,” produced by Sonoma County Department of Health Services and a committee of regional superintendents, offers guidance for the process. Here are some of the report’s guidelines:

• Students should be seated six feet apart.

• Face coverings should be worn by students older than 12 and staff.

• For children 12 and younger, face coverings are not required but are recommended.

• Facemasks are particularly important when children are not able to social distance.

• Teachers should limit close interaction with students.

The guidelines acknowledge that making young children social distance may be challenging and encourage educators to simply redirect children as needed.
To read the full report, go to