• Community FAQs - Updated 5/12/22 

    How can I stay informed about COVID-19 cases in my student’s school?
    As VDH no longer requires schools to contact trace individual COVID-19 cases LCPS will no longer contact traces individual cases. In accordance with VDH requirements, LCPS will continue to partner with the Loudoun County Health Department and contact trace if there are outbreaks or when sustained transmission is thought to be occurring within a classroom or school.

    Those families wishing to monitor the number of cases in their school may check the LCPS COVID-19 Case Data - Daily Snapshot dashboard. Students and staff who have reported they are isolating will be reported on the dashboard. The dashboard no longer reflects quarantines. 

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publishes a COVID-19 Community Level tool that helps communities and families decide prevention steps to take based on the latest data.

    Can you explain how the COVID-19 Dashboard is updated?
    The LCPS COVID-19 Case Data - Daily Snapshot reflects updates on COVID-19 cases at the elementary, middle and high school levels. School cases are reflected. LCPS does not conduct contact tracing unless in accordance with VDH requirements.

    Data reported on the dashboard is NOT reported in real-time. The dashboard is updated once daily, Monday through Friday, by 10 a.m. with the information that is reported at that time. Data from holidays and weather-related closures may affect the timing of updates as students and staff are not in school.

    Will students and visitors still need to wear masks?
    Masks are optional in school, on buses and on LCPS property for students and visitors. The VDH has information about masks available on their website.

    *Masks are required for Head Start programs. Masks are still required for participants in Head Start programs in schools and on buses serving these programs*. (Office of Head Start)

    Will my child be treated differently if they do or don’t wear a mask? 
    We encourage all students to talk to their families about their mask decisions. We will encourage all students to be accepting of their peers' choices and will continue to foster an affirming and welcoming environment. 

    My student or someone in my household is high-risk and I am concerned about exposure. What can we do?
    Talk to your student about the importance of masking, physical distancing, and frequent handwashing so that they can make choices that are right for your family. 

    What about field trips or other activities? 
    On a field trip, or for an activity, wearing a mask will be governed by the rules at that destination.

    How do I request a BinaxNOW COVID-19  At-Home test for my student?
    A free diagnostic test is available while supplies last from your student’s school. Should your student experience symptoms you suspect are COVID-related, you may obtain a test from your school. Should your student be sent home from school with COVID-related symptoms, you may also opt for a diagnostic test from the school.

    How should I report a COVID-19 case?
    Let your school nurse or health clinic specialist know if your student has been diagnosed with COVID-19. Students who have COVID-19 should isolate for five days after the onset of symptoms. Students may return to school on Day 6. We will recommend, but not require, that students follow CDC recommendations to wear a mask on Days 6-10.

    Does my child, who tested positive, need a doctor’s note to return to school?
    A doctor’s note is not required. Students must follow attendance procedures when absent, per Policy 8140 (updated 11.9.21) and Regulation 8140 (updated 11.18.21).  

    Where can I find more information about vaccines available?
    Vaccinations are the leading public health strategy to prevent hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 (CDC COVID-19 Community Levels). For information on where to find your vaccine, visit vaccines.gov


    Staff FAQs - Updated 5/12/22

    Can I ask students to voluntarily wear masks in my classroom / work space?
    No. Mask wearing for students is optional and is a decision they make with their parents.

    Do I still need to submit proof of my COVID-19 vaccines?
    No, employee testing and vaccine mandates have been indefinitely suspended.

    I tested positive for COVID. Do I need a doctor’s note to return to work?
    A doctor’s note is not required. Employees should confirm that they have isolated for 5 days as still recommended by the CDC, have not had a fever for 24 hours without using fever-reducing medication and that their symptoms are improving. 

    What type of leave should I use if I am caring for someone in my house with COVID?
    Employees may use sick leave if they are caring for a family member. Consult with HRTD should you have additional questions.

    How do employees submit COVID Additional Leave Requests? Is this still only for COVID caught at school or does it cover all leave attributed to COVID?
    Additional leave requests can be submitted here. This leave has been expanded to include outside of the workplace, as long as other requirements are met. Any individual with questions about applying for Additional Leave should contact Leave & Disability Programs (lcpsleavedisability@lcps.org).

    Is working from home an option for school-based personnel if you are not a classroom teacher?
    School-based personnel do not have the option to work remotely when students are present. Principals have discretion to allow remote work on non-student days. 

    I have a concern about health mitigation strategies. Who can I contact?
    Staff is encouraged to contact their supervisor with any concerns. The Health Mitigation Strategy Observation Form is available for staff if they would like to submit information anonymously. 

    How can I get a new mask from LCPS?
    Adult and child-sized cloth and disposable masks are available upon request. Please work with your supervisor to order more for your work site.

    If any staff members are interested in an N95 mask, they may request to be added to the Voluntary Use Program by letting their supervisor know. Staff will then receive an email from the Environmental Health and Safety Office containing instructions to complete a Google Form and will have access to respiratory protection training through SafeSchools. Once completed, staff will be placed on an approved list and may access N95s available at all locations.

    Do I need to quarantine if exposed to COVID? 
    LCPS follows CDC guidance for staff. Current CDC guidance states that you do not have to quarantine if you are exposed to COVID-19 if you are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines. You are up to date when you have received all doses in the primary series and one booster when eligible. Visit the CDC for more information. 

Last Modified on May 12, 2022