COVID-19 Response & Prevention Plan


The following guidelines are designed to support students and families of Centreville Layton School as we navigate through the ongoing pandemic, COVID-19. The Response and Prevention Guidebook is based on the latest guidelines released from both the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Please read over the guidelines as many procedures have been modified from last June for the safety of our students and families.



To ensure the safety of others, we ask that students who are demonstrating any symptoms of illness to please stay at home. Centreville Layton School will not penalize students for absences during this time.

Students should not come to school if the answer to the below questions are yes:

  • Does the student have a temperature 100 degrees F or higher?
  • Does the student have symptoms of respiratory infection (fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, severe sore throat, loss of taste or smell, or muscle aches)?

It is also important to contact Regina Bryant, our school nurse, if any student is absent due to illness.

Positive Results & Exposures


When an individual tests positive they are required to:

  • Contact our school nurse to let her know about a positive result
  • Isolate at home for 5 days (count the days from first day after symptoms or the first day after a positive test, whichever is earlier. Return date must be at least 5 days after the start of any symptoms, with at least 24 hours fever-free without fever reducing medication).
    • If symptoms have resolved, the individual may return on the 6th day but must wear a mask in school for the next 5 days, 
    • If the individual is unwilling or unable to wear a proper fitting mask at school, they must isolate at home for 10 days 


The Delaware Division of Public Health now defines “close contact” as anyone living with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Individuals are required to report household contacts to our school nurse (Regina Bryant).  The following protocol should be followed depending on the circumstance:

Close Contact with up-to-date Vaccination

  • If the individual is up-to-date with their COVID vaccination they are required to
    • Wear a mask for 10 days following the last date of exposure in the household
    • Get tested on day 5 following the last date of exposure

Close Contact without up-to-date Vaccination

  • If the individual is NOT up-to-date with their COVID vaccination they are required to
    • Remain home for 5 days, returning on day 6 following exposure if the individual tests negative on day 5. 
    • Following the 5 day quarantine and testing, the individual must wear a mask to school for an additional 5 days. If unable, they must stay home a total of 10 days.


To the best of their ability, CLS will require students and staff to maintain the necessary space required for social distancing recommended by health authorities.

As of 6:00pm March 1st, 2022, face coverings are no longer required as once stated in the Delaware State Mandate. Centreville Layton School respects the personal decisions of our staff, students and families and therefore have determined that masks will now be optional* on our campus. The decision on whether to wear a mask or not should be based on a discussion between the parents and their child(ren).  CLS will continue to reinforce kindness and respect towards each other’s decisions. 

*Students must wear a proper fitting face mask if returning to school on day 6-10 following isolation and a positive test result, or have been considered a close contact.  See more information in the next section.



Visitors will have limited access to our campus.  The majority of meetings will be held via video or tele conferencing.  If a visit to campus is required, the visitor will follow the same procedures and protocols in place for our staff and students. 



Centreville Layton School will continue to offer free weekly testing through the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) and  Quidel Corporation. Participation remains voluntary. Registration and test administration information is below.

Along with other mitigation strategies, weekly testing can further our effort to keep our students, teachers, and staff safe by detecting early cases and preventing the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

Important Information Regarding Testing Process: 

  • Testing is voluntary but recommended. It is free of cost to you.
  • Testing will primarily be done through self-swabbing and monitored by Quidel’s medical staff on campus.
  • Results and communication will be shared electronically to the email and contact information used for registration.
  • If your child tests positive, the school will contact you directly. 
  • We encourage you to read over the Quidel Fact Sheet here.

 How to Enroll:

If you wish for your student to be enrolled in weekly testing, please complete the registration form as soon as possible.

The Centreville Layton School COVID-19 Response and Prevention  Committee continues to work to develop plans and procedures for a safe reopening. You can access the current COVID-19 Response and Prevention Guidebook

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