- Loudoun County Public Schools
LCPS to Require Student-Athletes to be Vaccinated for COVID-19 Beginning November 8
Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) will require proof of a COVID-19 vaccination for all students participating in Virginia High School League (VHSL) winter and spring sports and for all out-of-season practices for the remainder of the 2021-22 school year. Read the FAQs.
This requirement was announced on Tuesday, August 31, by LCPS Superintendent Dr. Scott A. Ziegler.
“LCPS is committed to providing the safest learning environment possible for our students. This vaccination requirement for our student-athletes demonstrates our commitment to the safety of everyone within our schools and communities. While LCPS acknowledges this is a difficult decision for some families, it is a necessary step that we must take to limit disruptions to the learning environment, keep students safe and remain in in-person learning and athletics.”
Ziegler noted student-athletes are a particularly vulnerable group because they are required to travel to off-campus events and compete against, and interact with, student-athletes from other schools. “The majority of past COVID-related disruptions to instruction for our high school students have come as a result of exposure during athletic activities.”
LCPS will work with the Loudoun County Health Department (LCHD) to ensure all students who wish to be vaccinated have access to the COVID-19 vaccine. Because the vaccination requirement takes effect on November 8, unvaccinated students will have sufficient time to fulfill this participation requirement before the winter sports season begins.
Any student-athlete who cannot be vaccinated due to a medical condition or a bona fide religious belief, will be required to submit a negative COVID-19 test result once per week and before returning to play after an exposure to COVID-19. LCPS will not permit student-athletes with medical or religious exemptions who do not comply with the testing requirement to participate in school sports or related activities.
Athletes participating in the five fall sports (football, cheer, cross country, volleyball and golf) are not subject to the vaccination requirement.