To guide decisions about community mitigation measures needed to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on Virginians, VDH
recommends local government and school officials work with local health districts to evaluate epidemiologic and other data
to assess the extent of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) transmission within their region, its effect on
Virginians, and the ability of the healthcare system to function. These data should then be interpreted within the context of
the local jurisdiction. VDH recommends that decisions to alter K-12 school programming, including school dismissals or
closures be handled at the most local level possible, considering both regional and local epidemiology, community
characteristics, and local capacity.