Updated August 31, 2021  at 3:47 p.m. MT

Changes clarify 14 day isolation pending COVID-19 exposure and no test, and 10 days of quarantine pending a positive COVID-19 test result, and this version now includes a flowchart to illustrate decision-making given each scenario (see Section 4.1). This revision also includes a table of contents, located at the start of the document, to support navigation.

Table of Contents

1. Policy

2. Prenda Models and COVID-19
2.1 Option 1: Prenda Family
2.2 Option 2: Prenda Microschools

3. Ongoing COVID-19 Safety Precautions by Microschool Role
3.1 Guide Precautions
3.2 Parent Precautions for Students
3.3 Student Precautions

4. Processes for COVID-19 Close Contact, Symptoms, or Positive Test in a Microschool
4.1 Decision-making Guidance
4.2 For a Guide
4.2.1 Guide COVID-19 Close Contact
4.2.2 Guide COVID-19 Symptoms or Positive COVID-19 Test
4.3 For a Student
4.3.1 Student COVID-19 Close Contact
4.3.2 Student COVID-19 Symptoms or Positive Test

5. Additional COVID-19 Precautions

6. What is the current mask policy?
6.1 Arizona Mask Guidelines
6.2 Colorado Mask Guidelines
6.3 Kansas Mask Guidelines
6.4 Louisiana Mask Guidelines
6.5 New Hampshire Mask Guidelines

7. Additional Resources

8. Document Change Summary


1. Policy

At Prenda, our mission is to empower learners and we do everything possible to keep all students safe in Prenda Microschools. Prenda will follow CDC guidelines and defer to local, state, and federal orders for mask management. Prenda recommends that all eligible students and staff receive the COVID-19 vaccine and wear masks at their discretion unless otherwise required by local, state, or federal law. Guides and families should err on the side of caution and follow safety precautions for quarantine, testing, and isolation per the CDC guidelines. Details on these safety measures are available below.

2.  Prenda Models and COVID-19

Prenda offers flexible options to support students and families while maintaining adequate safety precautions in line with CDC recommendations and state orders.

2.1 Option 1: Prenda Family

The Prenda Family program is a homeschooling framework that includes access to all of Prenda’s learning programs, software, and our community of parents, learners, and support staff. Learners access standards-based, individualized academic content online, the opportunity for online Prenda-wide community learning events, or and hands-on project-based learning. As a parent, you will have access to our online training and mentoring program.

Prenda Family is a good fit for households that have members at high risk. Given that Prenda Family is a self-contained family model, you may take whatever precautions you feel are appropriate.

2.2 Option 2: Prenda Microschools

Microschools are small groups of learners (between 5-10) that meet in a home or other location and are facilitated by an adult “Guide.” Students engage in a blended learning setting with a balance between online learning, peer collaboration, and project-based learning activities.

In order to protect Guides, students, and families from health risks, all Prenda Microschools will take the following precautions. Beyond these mandatory precautions, Guides and families can choose to opt into additional precautions at the microschool (like additional sanitation measures or ventilation) that can help everyone feel comfortable.  Parents should discuss safety procedures with their Guide prior to enrolling to make sure both Guide and parents/students feel comfortable and safe.

3. Ongoing COVID-19 Safety Precautions by Microschool Role

3.1 Guide Precautions

Check for symptoms daily

Check yourself and your students for symptoms of COVID-19 daily. Symptoms include:

  • Cough, shortness of breath difficulty breathing

  • New onset of severe headache

  • Fever chills

  • Muscle pain

  • Sore throat

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Upset stomach, diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain 


If you have any symptoms, alert your students' parents and cancel school until the symptoms abate. If feasible, get tested for COVID-19 and wait for the results before resuming class.


If a student has any symptoms, follow the protocol outlined below. 

Masks recommended indoors 

Prenda recommends Guides, students, and visitors wear a mask when indoors. Guides should not prohibit those who wish to wear a mask from doing so. 

Vaccinations recommended

If possible, get vaccinated, and encourage others who are eligible to do the same. While Guides are not required to disclose their vaccination status, in no event should Guides misrepresent whether they have received the vaccine.

A COVID-19 vaccination cannot be required for Arizona public school students, which includes students enrolled in Prenda’s charter and district school partners. 

Physical distancing

Where possible, students should keep at least 3 feet apart from each other, and 6 feet apart from the Guide and any visitors. Guides and visitors should also stay at least 6 feet apart, even if wearing a mask.

Handwashing and respiratory etiquette

Ensure that all students wash hands or use hand sanitizer frequently throughout the day. Cover any coughs or sneezes, and encourage students and visitors to do the same. 

Clean daily 

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces before school. In general, once a day is sufficient. Ensure that cleaning supplies are safe for children and follow any ventilation guidelines.  Cleaning supplies should also be stored safely, so as not to present a potential hazard to students. 

Watch out for students with symptoms and act immediately

If any of your students exhibit any symptoms of COVID-19 (new uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing, fever, sore throat, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, or new onset of severe headache, especially with a fever), take immediate action. 

  1. Make sure the student stays isolated from others, 

  2. Notify the parents to come pick up the student immediately, 

  3. Let Prenda know by sending an email to covid@prenda.co, and

  4. Direct the student’s parent(s) to the procedures under “Processes for COVID-19 Close Contact, Symptoms, or Positive Test in a Microschool”. 

Limit visitors

Limit nonessential visitors and interactions between your household members and students.

Keep parents and Prenda informed

If you, a student, or someone you or your students have had close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, let Prenda know by emailing covid@prenda.co and notify the parents. 


Then, follow the procedures under “Processes for COVID-19 Close Contact, Symptoms, or Positive Test in a Microschool".

3.2 Parent Precautions for Students

Check your student for symptoms daily

Check your student for symptoms of illness every morning and do not send your student to the microschool if they show any of the following symptoms: 

  • Temperature over 100.4° Fahrenheit when taken by mouth 

  • Sore throat

  • New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (for students with chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline)

  • Diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain

  • New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever

Alert your Guide and Prenda about exposure or positive test

Send an email to covid@prenda.co and communicate with your student's Guide if your student tests positive for COVID-19, or has had close contact with anyone who is COVID-19 positive or is suspected to have COVID-19. 


Follow the procedures below under "Processes for COVID-19 Close Contact, Symptoms, or Positive Test in a Microschool".

Provide a mask

Prenda recommends all students, Guides, and microschool visitors wear a mask while indoors whenever possible. Prenda recommends  you provide your student with a safe, comfortable mask to wear during the microschool hours while indoors, especially when social distancing is not possible.

3.3 Student Precautions

Keep your things separate

Keep any belongings brought from home separate from others.

Bring your own food

Bring your own food to your microschool and don’t share food with your peers.

Listen to your Guide

Follow any guidelines and instructions provided by your Guide.

Tell a parent or your Guide if you're not feeling well

If you have any signs of being sick, like a cough or sore throat, let your parent(s) or your Guide know.

4. Processes for COVID-19 Close Contact, Symptoms, or Positive Test in a Microschool

If a Guide or student is presenting COVID-19 symptoms, may have been exposed to COVID-19, or tests positive for COVID-19, Prenda has recommended processes, by microschool role, detailed below.

Please be advised: everyone in the microschool is encouraged to get tested and follow the process for close contact, as applicable, so that appropriate precautions against further spread may be taken. Parents should email the results to covid@prenda.co.

4.1 Decision-making Guidance

Decision-making guidance is illustrated in the table below.

4.2 For a Guide

The Guide should alert Prenda at covid@prenda.co immediately, then inform parents of the possible risk and the course of action, given the scenarios below.

4.2.1 Guide COVID-19 Close Contact

Close contact for an adult 18 and over is defined as being within 6 feet of someone suspected of or confirmed as having active COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24 hour period. A person who tests positive or begins having symptoms within 2 days of contact is considered to have had COVID-19 during the contact.

If the Guide has had a positive COVID-19 test within the past 3 months, or if the Guide is vaccinated, the Guide and parents may choose to continue in-person microschool at their discretion, as long as the Guide does not show any symptoms. If the Guide shows any COVID-19 symptoms, however, the Guide should follow precautions for COVID-19 symptoms below.

Should a Guide have close contact with someone with COVID-19, the following process should be followed:

  1. The microschool will plan to go virtual for 14 calendar days after the Guide's last close contact with someone with COVID-19, following the CDC quarantine guidelines.
  2. 5 days after exposure, the Guide should get tested if possible and proceed as follows:
  • Negative COVID-19 test: In-person microschool can resume 7 days after close contact.
  • Positive COVID-19 test: In-person microschool remains virtual until 10days after symptoms began or the positive test, whichever was sooner. , If the Guide had symptoms and they continue past the 10 days, the microschool should continue to meet virtually until the symptoms start improving and after the Guide is without fever for 24-hours (unaided by medicine).
  1. If the Guide does not show any symptoms during the first 10 days of quarantine, they may resume in-person microschool after day 10.

4.2.2 Guide COVID-19 Symptoms or Positive COVID-19 Test

  1. Effective from the time of symptom onset or a positive test, the microschool will go virtual for at least 10 days and until the Guide has gone 24 hours without a fever unaided by medicine.
  • If the Guide exhibits symptoms past 10 days, the microschool will remain virtual until the Guide has gone 24 hours without fever unaided by medicine.
  1. If a Guide had symptoms of COVID but later tests negative for COVID, the microschool may return as soon as the symptoms are improving.

4.3 For a Student

Parents should alert their Guide immediately then email Prenda at covid@prenda.co. Together, Prenda, the Guide, and the parent will determine the correct course of action, given the scenarios below.

Everyone in the microschool is encouraged to get tested and follow the process for either Guide or student close contact, as applicable, so that appropriate precautions against further spread may be taken. Parents are encouraged to email the results to covid@prenda.co for the benefit of other students, their families and their Guide.

4.3.1 Student COVID-19 Close Contact

Close contact for a child 18 and under is defined as being within 3 feet, while wearing masks, of someone suspected of or confirmed as having active COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more within a 24 hour period. A person who tests positive or begins having symptoms within 2 days of contact is considered to have had COVID-19 during the contact.

If the student has received a COVID-19 vaccine or if the student has had COVID-19 in the last three months, the Guide and parents can choose whether the student needs to be quarantined.

Should a student have close contact with someone with COVID-19, the following precautions should be followed:

  1. The student will plan to stay home and participate in microschool virtually for 14 calendar days after the student’s last close contact with someone with COVID-19, following the CDC quarantine guidelines.
  2. 5 days after exposure, the student should get tested and proceed as follows:
  • Negative COVID-19 test: The student can resume in-person microschool on day 7 after close contact.
  • Positive COVID-19 test: The student should remain remote for 10 days after symptoms began or the positive test, whichever was sooner. If the student had symptoms and the symptoms continue past the 10 days, the student should continue to stay home until the symptoms start improving and until the student is without fever for 24-hours (unaided by medicine).
  1. If the student does not get tested but does not exhibit symptoms, the student may return in 10 calendar days. Students are encouraged, however, to seek out a COVID-19 test if at all possible.

4.3.2 Student COVID-19 Symptoms or Positive Test

  1. Effective from the time of symptom onset or a positive test, the student will go virtual for at least 10 calendar days and until the student has gone 24 hours without a fever unaided by medicine and other symptoms are improving.
  • If after 10 calendar days the student continues to have a fever or other symptoms are not improving , the student will remain virtual until the student has gone 24 hours without fever unaided by medicine and symptoms are improving.
  1. If a student had symptoms of COVID but later tests negative for COVID, that student may return as soon as the symptoms are improving.

5. Additional COVID-19 Precautions

Your Guide may require additional precautions at their discretion for their microschool, consistent with CDC guidelines and state ordinance.

6. What is the current mask policy?

Student and Guide safety are our utmost priority at Prenda. Prenda encourages all students and Guides to continue wearing a mask indoors to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. We defer to local, state, and federal orders regarding mask requirements and trust that Guides and parents are making all decisions with students’ health and safety in mind.

6.1 Arizona Mask Guidelines

Arizona has a state mask mandate ban that will tentatively take effect on September 29, 2021, though the mask ban remains the subject of active, fast-paced litigation. Until the courts decide otherwise, Guides should follow local applicable mask rules, including those rules adopted by any applicable charter school partners. Guides can also, in coordination with their microschool families, choose to require masks if local laws and regulations do not already require such masking.

Prenda is here to support you. Please email support@prenda.co for additional information.

6.2 Colorado Mask Guidelines

Guides in BOCES microschools may coordinate with their families and decide for their microschool what is best for their students and families regarding wearing masks. Prenda is here to support you in having this conversation with your families. Please email support@prenda.co and we will be happy to talk more about this with you.

Guides that are connected with charter partners need to be in alignment with their charter partner's COVID-19 policies. Please be sure to review these requirements on your charter partner's policy page.

6.3 Kansas Mask Guidelines

Prenda Guides can now coordinate with their families and decide for their microschool what is best for their students and families regarding wearing masks. Prenda is here to support you in having this conversation with your families. Please email support@prenda.co and we will be happy to talk more about this with you.

6.4 Louisiana Mask Guidelines

Prenda Guides can now coordinate with their families and decide for their microschool what is best for their students and families regarding wearing masks. Prenda is here to support you in having this conversation with your families. Please email support@prenda.co and we will be happy to talk more about this with you.

6.5 New Hampshire Mask Guidelines

Guides in community learning pods may coordinate with their families and decide what is best for their students and families regarding wearing masks. Prenda is here to support you in having this conversation with your families. Please email support@prenda.co and we will be happy to talk more about this with you.

Guides in district learning pods need to be in alignment with their  district's COVID-19 policies. Please be sure to review these requirements on your local school district's policy page.

7. Additional Resources

8. Document Change Summary

  • August 31, 2021  at 3:47 p.m. MT  - Changes clarify 14 day isolation pending COVID-19 exposure and no test, and 10 days of quarantine pending a positive COVID-19 test result, and this version now includes a flowchart to illustrate decision-making given each scenario (see section 4.1). This entry also includes a table of contents to support navigation.
  • August 17, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. MT- Changes address Arizona state mask policy. Please refer to the change summary at the bottom of this document in section 8 for more information on recent changes. This policy and details will be updated as additional information is made available.
  • August 17, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. MT - Changes address Arizona state mask policy.
  • August 16, 2021 - Changes address mask requirements and address Kansas mask policy.
  • August 10, 2021 - Changes provide shorter social distancing spacing for K-6; no mask requirement; additional information about vaccines; removed outdated references
  • December 6, 2020 - Changes reflect updated quarantine protocol, with possibility for shorter time
  • September 21, 2020 - Changes reflect new descriptions of symptoms for parents to check for in their students
  • September 7, 2020 - Changes detailed procedures for mitigation, in line with recent CDC guidelines