K-12 Education

During the COVID-19 epidemic, school districts have balanced the potential risk of COVID-19 transmission with the educational needs of  K-12 students, who learn best in the classroom. The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and the Department of Education (DOE) have issued  Interim Guidance for K-12 School Reopening (03/23/2021). VDH recommends schools use the CDC Indicators for Dynamic School Decision-Making jointly with the Interim Guidance for K-12 School Reopening document to inform decisions about school operations with regard to COVID-19. 

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

Parents and students play an important role in preventing COVID-19 from entering schools and helping to slow transmission of COVID-19 in our communities. A checklist intended to help parents, guardians, and caregivers plan and prepare for the upcoming school year is available here. Other resources for parents include: 

As communities and schools begin or continue to offer in-person K12 instruction,  mitigation strategies are important both in school and in the surrounding community.  VDH offers the following information to help assess the risk of certain activities and prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

VDH Considerations for Recreational Sports 

VDH Guidance for Performing Arts (04/23/21)

AAP Sports and Physical Activities Guidance (03/01/2021)