*Updated March 28, 2022
CDC Updates and School Policy
March 28, 2022
We have been carefully watching the risk level metrics for our region, as well as considering our school level of transmission over the last month. Due to the continuing decline in cases and hospitalizations, the COVID Working Group recommended, and the Board of Trustees approved optional mask wearing both outside and inside. This will go into effect at the start of the school day on March 28 for all students and staff on campus. We appreciate all you have done to support our health and safety protocols over the last two years and hope that we will not have to return to mandatory masking. Under these revised protocols, we respect everyone’s choice on whether they want to wear masks at school.
Please continue to contact the school if your child has had an exposure or tests positive for COVID. Masking after an isolation or quarantine will follow the guidelines supported by the VDH and CDC. We ask families to monitor their children’s symptoms and keep them home if they are not feeling well. We will continue to encourage eligible staff, students, and their families to take advantage of available vaccines or boosters, to practice proper handwashing and cough/sneeze etiquette, to routinely sanitize all common surfaces in the classrooms, and provide adequate ventilation inside our buildings.
- The CDC has shortened the recommended time for isolation for positive cases of COVID-19 to 5 days if they are asymptomatic or their symptoms are resolving (no fever for 24 hours without medication); isolation must then be followed with 5 days of strict mask wearing when around others.
- People who are unvaccinated or are more than six months from their second mRNA dose (or more than 2 months from the J&J vaccine) and not yet boosted, CDC recommends quarantine for 5 days after an exposure to COVID-19 followed by strict mask use for an additional 5 days.
- If fully vaccinated and boosted, an exposed person must wear a well-fitting mask at all times when around others for 10 days after exposure. You do not need to stay home.
- All those exposed should get a test for SARS-CoV-2 at day 3-5 after exposure. If symptoms occur, individuals should immediately quarantine until a negative test confirms the symptoms are not due to COVID-19.
- Test for Current Infection (November 2, 2021)
- 6 Strategies To Make Classrooms Safer As The Delta Variant Spreads
- Interim Public Health Guidelines for Vaccinated People (July 27, 2021)
- COVID Vaccines for Children and Teens
- When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated (Updated July 27, 2021)
- When is it Safe to be Around Others? (VDH Graphic)
- Your Guide to Masks
- VDH Algorithm for Evaluating a Child with COVID-19 Symptoms or Exposure (August 24, 2020)
- When to Quarantine and Options for Reducing Quarantine
- Community School Daily Health Screening Form
- Phase Guidance for Virginia Schools from the Commonwealth of Virginia
- Community School’s Complete Plan to Reopen for 2020/2021
Before School and After School Programs
Due to social distancing restrictions, we are limiting the number of students in Before School and After School programs. Families are required to register in advance to reserve a spot for each child. Please register according to your child’s age group on our Current Families page. Contact Patrick Critzer with questions about our Before School or After School programs.
Questions & Concerns
Please contact CS Executive Director, Linda Roth.