K-12 Education

VDH has adopted new CDC isolation and quarantine guidance for K-12 schools. See isolation and quarantine guidance provided by CDC Guidance for K-12 Schools

The Public Health Order requiring all students, teachers, staff, and visitors in K-12 schools aged two years and older to wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status, remains in effect.  Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more information regarding this Public Health Order. 

Schools should follow Interim Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in Virginia PreK-12 Schools (10/14/21). This guidance emphasizes several key prevention strategies, including vaccination, masking, physical distancing, screening testing, ventilation, hand hygiene, cleaning, staying home when sick, and prompt contact tracing once any cases are identified. Thank you for your patience while we update this guidance with the most current information on isolation and quarantine. 

More information about schools and COVID-19 can be found on the VDH FAQs webpage and the DOE FAQs webpage.

VDH in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Education has prepared some helpful resources to keep children healthy this school year, whether in-person or online. For additional information regarding recommendations and policies about COVID-19, immunizations, and other information including child well visits, routine oral health, and mental health resources for your child, visit VDH's Back to School Safety Guide webpage. COVID-19 resources for parents include: 

COVID-19 transmission may occur outside the school classroom. VDH offers additional resources to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 during performing arts and sports activities:

VDH Guidance for K-12 Performing Arts (9/22/2021)

VDH Considerations for Recreational Sports 

AAP Sports and Physical Activities Guidance (9/20/2021)