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.
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:
- VDH Guideline: When Should a Child Stay Home from School and/or Child Care? (4/26/21 - translations pending)
- VDH Guideline: When Should a Child Stay Home from School and/or Child Care? Infographics Only (4/26/21 - translations pending)
- VDH Algorithm for Evaluating a Child with COVID-19 Symptoms or Exposures
- Contact Tracing Process for K-12
- VDH Isolation and Quarantine - English
- VDH When to End Isolation or Quarantine (03/15/21)
- VDH COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ's (03/26/2021)
- VDH Executive Order Violation Reporting Tool
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 Guidance for Performing Arts (04/23/21)
AAP Sports and Physical Activities Guidance (03/01/2021)