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1/12/22 LCPS COVID-19 Update

 

Updated January 13, 2022
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Dear Loudoun County Community,

 

We began 2022 with rapidly changing guidance on how to best manage a pandemic that we wish would just go away. I realize these changes create confusion at a time when we need hope and comfort. LCPS will continue to work closely with the Loudoun County Health Department to interpret updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Virginia Department of Health (VDH) in an effort to keep our school community safe.

 

At last night’s School Board meeting, I announced that LCPS will communicate any COVID-related information on Wednesdays with necessary adjustments implemented on the following Monday. While I do not anticipate sending news every Wednesday, our intention is to monitor and analyze any updated guidance from the CDC and VDH, develop a plan for implementation and communicate any changes on Wednesdays. 

 

Many have asked why our schools remain open for in-person instruction when the community spread rate in Loudoun County is so high. The Virginia General Assembly passed Chapter 456 on March 30, 2021. This legislation requires school divisions across the Commonwealth to deliver five days of in-person instruction during the 2021-2022 school year. While the law allows for LCPS,  in consultation with the Loudoun County Health Department, to pause in-person instruction due to COVID-19, these pauses must be temporary and limited. 

 

Since school started in September, LCPS has paused in-person instruction at the classroom level in limited instances to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Fortunately, adherence to our layered mitigation approach has helped the vast majority of our students remain in their classrooms with their fellow students.

 

The CDC and VDH have instituted new guidelines on quarantine and isolation. LCPS Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) addressing inquiries about masks, returning to school after isolating, and mitigation measures being implemented throughout our school have been posted on the LCPS website.

 

LCPS has also developed new charts to help families understand information for quarantine or isolation. Families and staff are encouraged to refer to these charts to help determine when it is appropriate to return to school or work. For more detailed information visit the VDH

 

LCPS wants to remind anyone who has not received their vaccination that they can make an appointment to be vaccinated. Boosters are now also recommended for everyone 12 and older. This is especially important with the spread of the Omicron variant. For additional information about COVID-19 vaccination, visit Loudoun County’s COVID-19 Vaccine page.

 

Thank you to our entire community as we continue to work together to keep our students and staff safe in the New Year.  

 

Best wishes,
Scott A. Ziegler, Ed.D.
Superintendent

 

Updated January 13, 2022