Coronavirus Updates

Posted by Marcia Hemminger on 3/19/2020

COVID-19 Preparedness at LCPS

Continuity of Education Resources
Governor Northam Orders All Virginia K-12 Schools Closed for Minimum of Two Weeks

LCPS Consolidating Meal Sites – March 17, 2020
LCPS Consolidando Sitios de Comida – 17 de marzo

Maps for Expanded LCPS Meal Service
Mapas para el Servicio Ampliado de Comidas LCPS

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The safety and well-being of every student and staff member is Loudoun County Public Schools’ highest priority.

To continue to safeguard our community, on March 16 LCPS announced that it had extended the closure of LCPS schools until at least April 10. While schools may reopen as early as April 13, this seems unlikely based on the information known at this time. We are preparing for the possibility that schools may be closed for an additional six to twelve weeks from now or longer. We appreciate that this possibility will have significant additional impacts on the students, staff and families who are part of our community, and we are working diligently to address those issues. We will continue to communicate with all community members as more information becomes available.

On March 13, Governor Ralph Northam ordered all K-12 schools in Virginia to close for a minimum of two weeks in response to the continued spread of novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. Loudoun County Public Schools is in contact with the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) to determine the full scope of the effects of this announcement on LCPS’ operations. We will continue to provide additional information as the situation evolves. Schools will be closed through Friday, March 27, at a minimum.

Previously, on March 12, Loudoun County Public Schools had announced that schools would be closed through Friday, March 20. All activities at school were also cancelled at that time. Administrative Offices will maintain regular office hours during the school closure.

The World Health Organization declared the novel Coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic on March 11. Travel between the United States and Europe was suspended and some events and large gatherings have been postponed or cancelled in our region, state, and nation. Loudoun County has experienced at least three presumptive positive cases of COVID-19. While Loudoun County has not experienced the extent of presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 as some other areas within our nation or globally and has not had cases that meet the definition of community transmission, we made the closure decision out of an abundance of caution. We plan to announce next steps by Friday, March 20. 

While we are unaware of any presumptive positive cases of individuals connected to schools, schools will be thoroughly cleaned before they reopen.

We are monitoring the situation regarding the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) very closely, and are in regular communication with the Loudoun County Health Department to be sure we have access to the latest information and recommendations from federal, state, regional, and local authorities.  

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has an extensive collection of information, recommendations, status updates and Frequently Asked Questions about the COVID-19 virus. The Virginia Department of Health and the Loudoun County Health Department are also good sources of information locally and in the Commonwealth of Virginia. 

LCPS recommends referring to those sources for general information about the virus, preventive measures, travel recommendations and alerts, and other valuable information about this rapidly evolving situation.  

The FAQs below are meant to supplement that information and provide additional detail about efforts LCPS is taking to safeguard students and staff while they are in school, and details about instruction, facilities, school operations and travel. 

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