Superintendent's Update for June 23, 2020

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    June 23, 2020

    To LCPS Families:

    LCPS has become aware that a large number of students have participated in recent private, non-school-sponsored events that may have resulted in exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19. The Loudoun County Health Department (LCHD) is conducting contact tracing investigations among participants in these events. Participants in those events are encouraged to self-quarantine or self-isolate as directed by the LCHD or your medical provider, in accordance with public health mitigation guidance.

    While most LCPS facilities are closed, there are occasions when individuals visit a school to accomplish official business. All LCPS employees have been instructed to follow appropriate physical-distancing and other precautions on LCPS property.

    To promote our progress as a community in combating the virus that causes COVID-19, we are writing to request that students or family members of students who may be planning to visit any LCPS facility follow the precautions listed below. These include students and families who may be planning to participate in the remaining in-person graduation ceremonies scheduled at LCPS high schools.

    Precautions to Take:

    1.  If you don’t feel well, stay home, and seek medical attention. Do not come to an LCPS facility. Symptoms to watch for include coughing, sneezing, fever, chills, muscle aches, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, sore   throat, or new loss of smell. If you have any of these symptoms please stay home and seek medical advice from your healthcare provider.

    To be sure it is safe for you to visit an LCPS facility, you must be able to answer “no” to each of the following questions:

    Answer “YES” or “NO”; in the last 48 hours have you had any of the following:

    1.  A new fever (100.0°F or higher) or a sense of having a fever?

               Answer:  YES_____     NO_____    

    1.  A new cough that you cannot attribute to another health condition?

               Answer:  YES_____     NO_____                           

    1.  New shortness of breath that you cannot attribute to another health condition?

                Answer:  YES_____     NO_____                           

    1.  A new sore throat that you cannot attribute to another health condition?

               Answer:  YES_____     NO_____                           

    1.  New muscle aches (myalgia) that you cannot attribute to another health condition, or that may have been caused by a specific activity (such as physical exercise)?

               Answer:  YES_____     NO_____          

    1.  Have you been around someone who has symptoms of illness or someone who has tested positive for COVID-19?

               Answer:  YES_____     NO_____ 

    If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, please seek medical attention and postpone any visits to LCPS facilities until you are well.  
     

    1. Visitors to LCPS facilities should practice physical distancing whenever possible, maintaining 6 feet or more of separation from others.  
    2. Visitors 10 years of age and older, as developmentally appropriate, are requested to wear face coverings when entering, exiting, traveling through, or spending time inside any LCPS facility. Visitors are encouraged to follow other recommended mitigation efforts, including frequent hand washing and covering of coughs and sneezes.

    These are the same precautions we require LCPS employees to follow in determining if it is safe for them to come to work, and to protect themselves, their coworkers and visitors conducting business on LCPS premises.

    Together we can help our community continue to recover from this virus. As businesses and other facilities become more accessible we must work to protect ourselves and one another. 

    Thank you for your continued commitment to meeting the needs of our community. The efforts you make today will help protect yourself, your families and the community tomorrow. 

    Sincerely, 

    Eric Williams, Ed.D.
    Superintendent

Last Modified on June 23, 2020