Schools, Childcare, Sports & Camps

Updated April 28, 2022

Washtenaw County Health Department has lifted its remaining COVID-19 health orders in K-12 educational settings. This includes two orders, one requiring masks, and another for isolation and quarantine. Since these orders were issued, pandemic conditions have changed considerably. 

When COVID-19 community levels, as defined by the CDC, are in the “green” (low) or “yellow” (medium) levels, mask use is optional. In certain situations, schools may want to enforce masking even at these levels - for instance, for staff working in special education classrooms with medically fragile/vulnerable students; or as directed by the health department during outbreaks or other specific situations. Universal masking is highly recommended when community levels, as defined by the CDC, are at the “red” (high) level. At all community levels, staff and students who feel more comfortable wearing a mask because of their own or their family’s health risks, because they are unvaccinated, or because they want to, should be encouraged to feel comfortable masking in school.

School, preschool, and childcare guidance was updated on 3/17/22 and is available here: WCHD Summary of K-12 School Guidance.

Guidance for the general public can be found here: What to do if you're sick or exposed.

This page contains information and links for reporting COVID-19 positive cases for your school, child care facility, athletic team or group, or camp. It also provides guidance for safer operations. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Washtenaw County Health Department at [email protected] or 734-544-6700.

Reporting COVID-19 Cases

Please use the following form to report positive COVID-19 cases connected to a school, childcare facility, camp, sports team, or other group:

  • Please provide parent/guardian contact information when reporting. Please do not send us contact information for any minors.
  • Please note that a close contact is generally defined as someone who had face-to-face contact with an infected person within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes. There may be exceptions to this criteria in certain cases where the risk of transmission is higher (e.g. during contact sports). In school classrooms and bus settings with universal masking, 3 feet for at least 15 minutes is used as the close contact criteria.
  • See the School/Childcare Reporting Flowchart for a Confirmed COVID-19 Case.

Information for Parents & Guardians

K-12 School Recommendations and Information 

Child Care Information

  • WCHD Summary of K-12 School Guidance - includes information for preschools and childcare settings
  • Guidelines for Safe Child Care Operations During COVID-19 - Requirements and recommendations from the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, updated 3/11/22
  • COVID-19 Guidance for Operating Early Care and Education/Child Care Programs - Guidance from the CDC. Note that the CDC’s new COVID-19 Community Levels recommendations align precautions for educational and childcare settings with those for other community settings. CDC is in the process of updating their pages with these new recommendations.  
  • Child Care Licensing Bureau - Child care information for licensed facilities and families from the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
  • WCHD has partnered with the CDC, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), University of Massachusetts, and CareEvolution to offer a Test-to-Stay pilot program in selected Washtenaw County daycare centers. Test-to-Stay in daycare settings is a practice consisting of contact tracing and serial COVID-19 testing to allow an exposed child to continue attending daycare. We are working to expand this pilot project to other daycare centers. If you are a daycare center interested in offering Test-to-Stay, please contact [email protected] with questions.

Sports & Performing Arts Information

Camp Information