As we prepare to return to school on site, we understand that many parents are concerned about safety and COVID-19 related procedures in our schools. We are taking your concerns and the well-being of faculty, staff, and students very seriously.
Why should I wash my hands?
- All employees, students and visitors entering our buildings will see visible reminders of COVID-19 symptoms on doors and are asked not to enter if they are experiencing any of these symptoms.
- Common areas and frequently touched surfaces are being cleaned on a frequent basis. Cleaning supplies will be available, and employees are encouraged to clean and disinfect workspaces throughout the workday.
- Hand sanitizer will be provided throughout buildings.
- Workspace layouts and classroom seating arrangements will be modified to allow for social distancing.
- Please carry a mask with you at all times in case you unexpectedly find yourself in a situation that limits physical distancing.
- Wash your hands frequently. If hand washing is not possible, use hand sanitizer often.
- When hand washing, wash for at least 20 seconds before and after your work shift, before and after work breaks and eating, after using the restroom, and after putting on, touching, or removing a face covering.
- Stay home or go home immediately if you are sick.
- Maintain social distancing practices.
- Wear a face covering.
- Cover your nose and mouth when coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose. Immediately throw tissue into a trash can and wash your hands for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your face (especially with unwashed hands).
- Replace handshakes with head nods and waves.
- Be kind. Understand that this is a stressful and challenging time for everyone.
- Staff and students should stay home if they have tested positive for or are showing COVID-19 symptoms.
If my child is sick, what should I do?
If your child is sick, he/she should remain at home and you should schedule an appointment with your primary care physician. Contact your child’s teacher to obtain assignments
- New fever (100.4 F or higher) or a sense of having a fever?
- New cough that cannot be attributed to another health condition?
- New shortness of breath that cannot be attributed to another health condition?
- New chills that cannot be attributed to another health condition?
- New sore throat that cannot be attributed to another health condition?
- New muscle aches that cannot be attributed to another health condition or specific activity (such as physical exercise)?
- Have you had a positive test for the virus that causes COVID-19 disease within the past 10 days?
- In the past 14 days, have you had close contact (within about 6 feet for 15 minutes or more) with someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
In the weeks and months to come, we will continually be monitoring the pandemic circumstances and adjust workplace practices following the guidelines set forth by the CDC, VDH, and State/Local officials.
How will each school handle students who become sick at school?
Students who are sick will be sent to the school nurse. They will be isolated from other students who are in the clinic for routine reasons (e.g. medication, first aid, or other regular treatments) either in a section of the clinic or in another isolation room. Students who are sick must be promptly picked up.
If a wing has to be closed because of COVID, where will those staff and students go? If a school has to be closed because of COVID, how much notice will parents have, and how will they be notified?
The closing of a wing or school depends on the level of exposure. For example, if many people were indirectly exposed, they would all be sent home. Another example would be if one positive case that happened to visit several spaces after school, we might shut the wing down and move the classes to an alternative learning space while the rooms are being disinfected.
Staff and parents of students will be notified if they have been directly exposed via a phone call from the building level administrator with information about next steps. A complete school or district closure will be communicated via mass communication messaging system. Each case is different and we will work to notify those impacted once a case is confirmed and we know students/staff have been directly exposed.
For Virtual School Attendance: Are there considerations for a student having difficulty with technology attending synchronous sessions? Will teachers be expected to check things within a set amount of time?
There is support available for students having difficulty with technology. For elementary students, an adult must be at home with the student and they can receive help from the teacher and the adult. In addition, teachers and students are expected to have contact on many occasions. For example, contact may be in synchronous (live) learning activities, collaborative video conferencing sessions, emails, phone calls, or other appropriate methods.