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Current Students

You’ve decided to pursue your education at UW–Madison and become a teacher. Soon, you will make a difference in students’ lives every day. We want to make a difference in yours. At the UW–Madison School of Education Teacher Education Center, we can help you navigate the process of becoming a teacher and give you the tools you need to be successful in your academic journey – as well as your professional career after you graduate. Below are some of the resources you may need along the way.

Fall 2021 COVID-19 Policy for Educator Preparation Students

School of Education field experience policies require preservice educators to follow their host school districts’ COVID-19 policies related to such things as: symptom screening, testing, contact-tracing, masking, social distancing, and reporting vaccination status.  Please note that specific COVID-19 policies vary by district.  We encourage you to talk to your cooperating teacher about current COVID-19 policies at your site, as they may evolve.  If you are placed in Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD), you should have received information about an online COVID mitigation training; MMSD asks that you complete the training prior to the beginning of your field placement.

Below please find information to clarify steps you should take if you test positive for COVID-19 or are in close contact with someone who tests positive.  If you have any questions, please contact the Teacher Education Center at tec@education.wisc.edu.

What should I do if I’ve tested positive for COVID-19?
If you test positive for COVID-19, whether you are unvaccinated or vaccinated, you should isolate yourself immediately so you don’t spread the virus and you should NOT attend class or your school placement/field experience site for 10 days since first testing positive.

For more details on what you should do after a positive test, including how long you should isolate, please see the university’s COVID-19 Response FAQ page for up-to-date information on “What should I do if I’ve tested positive for COVID-19.”

Who do I inform at my K-12 school site and at UW?

If you test positive for COVID-19, you should inform the following:

  1. Call or email the school nurse at your school placement site. This is a necessary step for contact tracing and public health reporting requirements. School nurses will maintain the confidentiality of anyone who tests positive for COVID-19. A complete list of school nurse contacts for MMSD is here.
  2. Because you will be missing class and your field experience for at least 10 days, you will also need to let your course instructors, program leader, university supervisor, and cooperating teacher (or site supervisor) know that you are required to isolate so that they can work to provide you with alternate ways to meet your course and field experience requirements as needed.
What should I do if I have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19?
Instructions for what to do if you are a close contact (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more, with or without a mask) of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 vary.

  • If you are UNVACCINATED, and meet the criteria of a close contact, quarantine yourself immediately for at least 10 days and continue your required campus testing as scheduled; if you develop symptoms, you should get tested right away.  You should NOT attend class or your school placement/field experience site for 10 days.
  • If you are VACCINATED, monitor yourself for symptoms and get tested 3-5 days after a known exposure. You are NOT required to quarantine even if you have a close contact who is positive for COVID-19. However, if you develop symptoms at any point, you should get tested and isolate until you receive your test results.
  • If you tested positive for COVID-19 within the previous 90 days, you do NOT need to test or quarantine following a close contact. However, if you develop symptoms, you should isolate yourself and get tested right away.

Who do I inform at my K-12 school site and at UW?

If you are required to quarantine, you should inform the following:

  1. Because you will be missing class and your field experience for at least 10 days, you will need to let your course instructors, program leader, university supervisor, and cooperating teacher (or site supervisor) know that you are required to quarantine so that they can work to provide you with alternate ways to meet your course and field experience requirements as needed.
  2. You do NOT need to contact the school nurse at your school placement site unless you test positive.

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