REPORTING A COVID POSITIVE RESULT
TO THE SCHOOL
Q & A FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS
Receiving the news that someone in your family is COVID positive is very upsetting, and even more so when it is your child. Please know that FCCPS is here to help support you, your student, and your family should this occur. Below are some helpful questions and answers should your family be in this situation.
WHAT DO I DO IF MY STUDENT TESTS POSITIVE?
When a student tests positive for COVID, they must remain home in isolation, and someone from the family contacts the school as soon as possible regarding the result. The sooner the school receives the information, the faster we can start the contact tracing process.
WHO DO I CONTACT WHEN SCHOOL IS IN SESSION?
Parents/Guardians should contact the school’s main office about their student’s positive test result as soon as possible. If the office is not available, please send an email to the school’s COVID Response Team.
JESSIE THACKREY PRESCHOOL: 571-395-8612
MOUNT DANIEL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: 703-248-5640
OAK STREET ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: 703-248-5661
MARY ELLEN HENDERSON MIDDLE SCHOOL: 703-720-5702
MERIDIAN HIGH SCHOOL: 703-248-5500
WHO DO I CONTACT WHEN SCHOOL IS NOT IN SESSION?
Unfortunately, COVID does not stop in the evening or on the weekends, so we want to ensure that families are supported should they receive a positive test result over the weekend. We also want to make sure that we can start contact tracing immediately and prevent additional exposures in the school.
When school is not open (nights, weekends, holidays, etc.), parents/guardians should send an email to:
This email is monitored after 6 pm each evening, on weekends, holidays, and other times when school is not in session. Please provide your name, best contact phone number, the student’s name, school, grade, last date of attendance, when symptoms started, and date you received the positive test result. Someone from FCCPS will contact you. We appreciate your patience and flexibility with our process.
HOW DOES MY STUDENT DO THEIR SCHOOL WORK WHEN THEY CAN NOT COME TO SCHOOL IN PERSON?
Should a student be placed in isolation or quarantine, the school will work with the family to ensure they have access to meaningful instructional activities via Schoology and can live-stream into their classroom(s).
CAN THE OTHER STUDENTS IN THE HOME COME TO SCHOOL IN PERSON?
Any other student(s) in the home can come to school provided they are fully vaccinated or have had COVID in the last 90-days and do not have any symptoms. Parents/ Guardians must provide a copy of their child’s vaccine card to verify that they are vaccinated for the siblings in the household to attend school. Please upload your student’s vaccination card here: FCCPS Voluntary Student Vaccination Card Form.
WHEN CAN MY STUDENT RETURN TO SCHOOL AFTER BEING COVID POSITIVE?
Any student who has been out of school due to being COVID positive can return after 10-days of isolation, being cleared to return by the HD, and being symptom-free. Please provide a copy of the clearance letter or email from the Fairfax County Health Department releasing the student from isolation and clearing them to return to school.
Contact your student’s healthcare provider with questions regarding your child’s condition. Remember to contact 911 in the event of an emergency.