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COVID and the 2022-23 School Year

Routine Pre-Pandemic Operations

Operations resume in ways consistent with little to no threat of any infectious disease. FCCPS supports handwashing and good germ hygiene and will remain vigilant in our practices supporting our schools' overall health and wellness. This includes support for health-compromised students and staff. 

Staff or Students sent Home from School Ill:

Students/Staff can return If they can answer no to all of the questions below:

  • Since your last day of school/work/visitation, have you had any of the following? 

  • Feeling feverish and/or having chills – documented temperature of 100.4°F or higher? 

  • Has there been any use of fever-reducing medication within the last 24 hours? 

  • Nausea or vomiting that is not associated with another condition? 

  • Diarrhea that is not associated with another health condition? 

  • Have you had a positive test for the virus that causes COVID-19 disease within the past 5 days? 

An answer of "Yes" to any of the above questions requires a student/staff member to remain home until able to answer "No."

Please note: COVID tests are available and should be sent home with staff or students, but a NEGATIVE test is no longer required to return to school.

Staff/Students who Test Positive for COVID:

  • The student/staff member should report a positive COVID test on the FCCPS COVID Reporting Form

  • They will receive an email or a call with guidance from the ViSSTA Nurse or the Public Health Nurse

  • FCCPS will align with the isolation timeline recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH).

  • The staff/student may return to in-person instruction and activities, including athletics when your child has met the following criteria:

    • Student/Staff has completed at least five days of isolation; AND 

    • Student/Staff  is fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication; AND

    • Student/Staff symptoms have improved or resolved

    • Student/Staff wears a well-fitting mask for 5 additional days (day 6 through day 10) after the end of the 5-day isolation period, in accordance with VDH guidance OR

    • For students/staff who are unable/unwilling to mask for days 6-10, VDH recommends two negative rapid antigen tests (including home tests)  on or after day 6 performed 48 hours apart. The first test can be administered on or after day 6. If you do not have access to a rapid antigen test kit for this purpose, you may contact your school site. FCCPS does not require a negative test to return.

Additional Questions & Information:

  • Take-home test kits will be available in all school health rooms and provided as needed.

  • PCR testing (ViSSTA Program) will continue on its current schedule through the remainder of the 22-23 school year.

  • If you have questions about COVID-19, contact your medical provider or find more information on Fairfax County Health Department's website and/or the UPDATED COVID-19 QUARANTINE AND ISOLATION GUIDANCE from VDH.

  • Notifications of situations involving multiple cases or an outbreak will be reported based on Fairfax County Health Department Guidelines. 

  • FCCPS will notify families of new outbreaks should they occur, including any public health guidance or additional layered prevention strategies recommended by the Fairfax County Health Department.