In an effort to minimize mixing and contact between students:
What is Cohorting?
Cohorting (sometimes called podding) is a new term for a strategy that schools may use to limit contact between students and staff as part of their efforts to limit transmission of coronavirus (the virus that causes COVID-19). These strategies work by keeping groups of students – and sometimes staff – together over the course of a pre-determined period of time. Ideally, the students and staff within a cohort will only have physical proximity with others in the same cohort. This practice may help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by limiting cross-over of students and teachers to the extent possible, thus:
•Decreasing opportunities for exposure or transmission of coronavirus
•Reducing contact with shared surfaces
•Facilitating more efficient contact tracing in the event of a positive case
•Allowing for targeted testing, quarantine, and/or isolation of a single cohort instead of school-wide measures in the event of a positive case or cluster of cases
Additional Resources: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/prepare-safe-return.html#:~:text=Cohorting%20(sometimes%20called%20podding,case%20or%20cluster%20of%20cases