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COVID and the 2021-22 School Year

  • All public school divisions in Virginia are required by law "to offer in-person instruction to each student enrolled in the local school division in a public elementary and secondary school..." at least through August 1, 2022

  • Universal mask/face covering when indoors, regardless of vaccination status, is now in effect. (If you do not have a mask, we can provide one)

  • Anyone unvaccinated must wear a mask/face covering at all times inside all FCCPS properties. Masking outdoors is optional but encouraged if you are not vaccinated. If in a large group setting, in close contact, you are expected to wear a mask if unvaccinated. (Anyone eligible for vaccination who wishes to get vaccinated can email Rebecca Sharp (rsharp@fccps.org))

  • Please complete the Student Self-Monitoring Health Screener regarding your child before attending each day.  If your child isn’t feeling well or has any symptoms of COVID, PLEASE keep them home.  

  • Encourage and engage in hand hygiene by washing/sanitizing your hands frequently. There continue to be hand sanitizer stations located in all of our facilities.

  • FCCPS is committed to 3 feet of social distance when possible in classrooms, lunch areas, and on buses.

We must do as much as possible concerning mitigation to keep schools open. We all want our students to be in school full-time for the entirety of the year. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding of this decision. This is a team effort, and if we all work together, our kids thrive.

Following a review of scientific data on COVID-19 transmission and the impact of vaccination, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced updated quarantine and isolation recommendations on Dec. 27. In alignment with the CDC, the Fairfax County Health Department is updating its recommendations. These updates include the following and apply to new recommendations for schools also:

If You Test Positive for COVID-19 (Isolate)

Everyone, regardless of vaccination status:

  • Day 1 to 5:

    • Stay home and away from others.

  • Day 6 to 10:

    • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving, you can leave your house. Continue to wear a well-fitting mask to reduce any risk of infecting others.

    • If you have a fever, continue to stay home until 24 hours after your fever resolves.

If You Were Exposed to Someone with COVID-19 (Quarantine)

If you have been boosted OR received your second dose (and an additional dose if immunocompromised) of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last 6 months OR received your first dose of J&J vaccine within the last two months:

  • Day 1 to 10

    • Wear a mask around others.

    • Test on day 5, if possible.

    • If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home.

    • If you test positive for COVID-19 during this 10-day period, follow the isolation guidance above

If you received two doses of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines more than six months ago and are not boosted OR received one dose of the J&J vaccine more than two months ago and are not boosted OR are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated:

  • Day 1 to 5:

    • Stay home and away from others.

    • Test on day 5 if possible. If you test positive for COVID-19, follow the isolation guidance above.

  • Day 6 to 10:

    • Continue to wear a mask around others.

    • If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home. If you test positive for COVID-19, follow the isolation guidance above.

COVID-19 Prevention

With the emergence of more contagious variants, such as Omicron, and the ongoing surge of COVID-19 cases, it is important that everyone adheres to the following public health prevention measures as best as they can to limit the spread of the virus in our community.

  • Get vaccinated against COVID-19 if you haven’t yet received any vaccination or are only partially vaccinated.

  • Get your booster dose if you’re age 16 years or older and received your initial mRNA vaccines more than 6 months ago or a Johnson and Johnson vaccine more than 2 months ago.

  • Wear a mask in public indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status.

  • Stay home when feeling ill.

  • Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces.

  • Wash your hands often, for at least 20 seconds.

  • Cover coughs and sneezes.

Stay Informed About COVID-19

The Health Department also has more information for individuals about isolation and quarantine at Slow the Spread of COVID-19 | Health (fairfaxcounty.gov).  As always, please let me know if you have any questions.  Thank you for all you are doing to support student and community health as we respond to this latest wave of infections.