Considerations for Vulnerable Populations
Physically Vulnerable Students
It is especially important to protect students, staff and faculty at increased risk for severe illnesses from COVID-19. People at increased risk are those with pre-existing conditions, immunocompromised, older age, or those with family members who are sick. Students with asthma, respiratory problems, immunocompromised, other underlying neurologic, genetic, metabolic, and developmental conditions are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 than other children. Students and faculty who live with at-risk individuals must be provided with extra precautions.
Every member of the school community should be encouraged to discuss their risks and concerns with school nurses/healthcare personnel. Any individual who falls within categories of high risk should be permitted to work/study remotely. Necessary supplies, such as laptops and high-speed internet, should be provided. If needed, the school administration can reassign roles to allow at-risk faculties to work while staying safe. Schools should provide adequate personal protective equipment, supervision, and other protections based on each individual's risk. Accommodations should be granted case-by-case upon request. Extra precaution must be taken to protect the privacy of high-risk individuals.