Department of Defense Education Activity

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

What DoDEA parents and employees need to know…

The health and well-being of our students is our top priority. We will continue to work collaboratively with the military commands to do everything possible to address and mitigate this global pandemic.

This pandemic continues to be an emerging, rapidly evolving situation. The CDC is the best source of information and will provide updated information and guidance as it becomes available.

Employees, parents and students should stay informed about COVID-19 and limit the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

Because this is a rapidly evolving situation, school Principals and Installation Commanders are the best sources of information that affects our schools.

Department of Defense Guidance on the Use of Cloth Face Coverings

Military personnel, DoD civilian employees, their family members, and DoD contractors are strongly encouraged to follow CDC guidelines on the use of cloth face coverings in public settings or where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

Effective immediately, to the extent practical, all individuals on DoD property, installations, and facilities will wear cloth face coverings when they cannot maintain six feet of social distance in public areas or work centers (this does not include in a Service member's or Service family member's personal residence on a military installation). The Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness will issue updated force health protection guidance on DoD implementation.

About COVID-19

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a virus (more specifically, a coronavirus) identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. COVID-19 is a coronavirus that has not been previously identified.

  • How it spreads
  • Symptoms
  • What to do if you are sick?

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is the best source of information on COVID-19.

CDC COVID-19 Info

School Closures and Re-opening Planning

All DoDEA schools remain closed to students for the remainder of School Year 2019-2020.

As a DoD entity, DoDEA generally follows operational guidance from the DoD and local/regional commands. DoDEA is currently awaiting the publication of DoD guidance regarding planning for the reopening of facilities and operations impacted by the global pandemic. DoDEA is collaborating across the military services and with local installation commands and military health officials in anticipation of health and safety mitigations, specific to school operations, that will be required or recommended by DoD.

DoDEA school re-openings may or may not mirror public school operational practices outside the installation, but will be based on the heath protection conditions and protocols established jointly with the commands and DoDEA.


Official Sources of Information and Guidance

Department of Defense

Washington Headquarters Services

Washington Headquarters Services

Washington Headquarters Services (WHS) guidance on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it will affect those working in the Washinton DC area
Coronavirus: DOD Response

Coronavirus: DOD Response

The Defense Department is working closely with the Department of Health and Human Services and State Department to provide support in dealing with the coronavirus outbreak.
Military Health System - Coronavirus

Military Health System - Coronavirus

The Military Health System (MHS) is one of America’s largest and most complex health care institutions, and the world’s preeminent military health care delivery operation.
Defense Civilian Personnel Advisory Service (DCPAS)

Defense Civilian Personnel Advisory Service (DCPAS)

DCPAS provides civilian personnel policies, HR solutions, and advisory services. The DCPAS online library provides reference guides addressing benefits and entitlements, displaced employees, priority placement, etc.

DoD Personnel Movement and Travel Restrictions

The SECDEF Transition to Conditions-Based Phased Approach to COVID-19 Personnel Movement and Travel Restrictions memo dated 22 May 2020

This cancels the SECDEF Travel Restrictions (stop movement) memo dated 20 April 2020 and reissues travel restriction guidance for all DoD personnel and their dependents whose travel is government funded will stop movement both internationally and domestically, while this memo is in effect unless conditions described in the memo are met.

DoDEA Director travel waivers will be required for any travel not exempt from the travel restrictions.

Once a U.S. state or territory or country meets the factors described in this memo indicating that criteria have been met to resume unrestricted travel, USD(P&R) will publish the change in status. Travel restrictions could be reinstated if a significant change in the factors occurs at the U.S. state, territory or host nation levels. HQ DoDEA will redistribute travel restriction changes and guidance when published by the USD(P&R). Unrestricted travel may resume when the criteria for states, territories and host nations are met as published by the USD(P&R) for BOTH the gaining and losing U.S. state or territory or host nation. DoDEA has no authority to lift stop movement for any location internationally or domestically.

Other Travel Resources

Defense Travel Management Office (DTMO)

CDC country specific Travel Health Notice (THN) levels for COVID-19

State Department Travel Advisories

Summer Recess Travel Guidance and SY20-21 Opening

How to Talk to Your Kids About the Coronavirus

If your child is sick, please keep them at home and contact your healthcare provider. Talk with teachers about classroom assignments and activities they can do from home to keep up with their schoolwork.

Talking with your kids about COVID-19 (PDF)

Videos

Downloadable Resources

Managing Uncertainty: Embracing a “For-Now Normal”

Managing Uncertainty: Embracing a “For-Now Normal”

April 01, 2020 Still trying to figure out a routine that works for you? Read this article
Helping Homebound Children during COVID19 Outbreak

Helping Homebound Children during COVID19 Outbreak

March 20, 2020 Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress advice on using time at home as an opportunity to spend time with family, while avoiding other negative situations.
CSTS-Taking Care of Your Family

CSTS-Taking Care of Your Family

March 20, 2020 Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress advice on taking care of your family during infectious disease outbreaks.
Military Families For High Standards

Military Families For High Standards

March 20, 2020 Military Families For High Standards’ Chairwoman, Christi Ham, Offers Resources to Military Families Amid COVID-19
KidsHealth in the Classroom K-2

KidsHealth in the Classroom K-2

March 20, 2020 Personal Health Series: Germs, K - 2.
KidsHealth in the Classroom 9-12

KidsHealth in the Classroom 9-12

March 20, 2020 Personal Health Series: Germs, Grades 9 - 12.
KidsHealth in the Classroom 6-8

KidsHealth in the Classroom 6-8

March 20, 2020 Personal Health Series: Germs, Grades 6 - 8.
KidsHealth in the Classroom 3-5

KidsHealth in the Classroom 3-5

March 20, 2020 Personal Health Series: Germs, Grades 3 - 5.
The President's Coronavirus Guidelines for America

The President's Coronavirus Guidelines for America

March 19, 2020 Do your part to slow the spread of the Coronavirus. Even if you are young, or otherwise healthy, you are at risk and your activities can increase the risk for others.
Digital Skills & Tips for Online Learning

Digital Skills & Tips for Online Learning

March 19, 2020 Online classes provide valuable skills to be successful in college, career and life.
Talking to Children About COVID-19

Talking to Children About COVID-19

March 19, 2020 Concern over the Coronavirus (COVID-19) can make children and families anxious. Helping children cope with anxiety requires providing accurate information and facts without causing undue alarm.
Helping Children Cope During and After a Disaster

Helping Children Cope During and After a Disaster

March 19, 2020 The amount of damage caused from a disaster can be overwhelming. A child's reaction and signs of stress may vary.
Stop Germs! Wash Your Hands.

Stop Germs! Wash Your Hands.

March 09, 2020 Clear and easy to use instructions for when and how to properly wash your hands.
Airborn Respiratory Virus Protection

Airborn Respiratory Virus Protection

March 09, 2020 Human Coronavirus types, 5 steps to washing your hands the right way, and how to prevent the spread. Plus travel tips!
COVID-19 Prevention & Tips

COVID-19 Prevention & Tips

March 09, 2020 "COVID-19 Prevention & Tips" is an informative slideshow for detection and prevention of the COVID-19 (coronavirus).
Coronavirus Flyer

Coronavirus Flyer

March 03, 2020 DoDEA flyer with informational details about the coronavirus, including What it is, how to prevent infection and what to do if you are sick.
Health Resources
What to do if you are sick with COVID-19

What to do if you are sick with COVID-19

February 25, 2020 If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, follow the steps below to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community.
Stop the Spread of Germs

Stop the Spread of Germs

February 25, 2020 Help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases like COVID-19.
Symptoms of Coronavirus Disease 2019

Symptoms of Coronavirus Disease 2019

February 25, 2020 Patients with COVID-19 have experienced mild to severe respiratory illness.
Coronavirus Poster

Coronavirus Poster

January 29, 2020 DoDEA poster with informational details about the coronavirus, including What it is, how to prevent infection and what to do if you are sick.
Health Resources
2019 Coronavirus Information

2019 Coronavirus Information

January 29, 2020 Cornavirus informational factsheet. Details for both the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV) strains.
Novel Coronavirus and You

Novel Coronavirus and You

January 27, 2020 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and You Fact Sheet
Health Resources