• 2021-2022 Health and Safety Guidance

    ACPS will continue to adjust measures based on the latest health guidance and best practices and update the chart accordingly as changes occur.


    • Required in ACPS facilities and on buses, regardless of vaccination status

    Physical Distancing and Capacity

    • Normal classroom capacity to accommodate five days a week, in person learning
    • Normal capacity on school buses to accommodate regular bus runs without service delays

    Meal Service

    • Will utilize cafeteria space to the greatest extent to avoid eating in the classroom
    • Students will be required to wear their masks when not eating.
    • Distance when possible (6 feet between students while unmasked and eating preferred).
    • Utilize seating charts, podding, and/or sign in sheets.


    • Continued Preventative Maintenance of HVAC systems
    • Continued use of MERV-13 filters
    • Continued HVAC system repairs as/when necessary
    • Continued use of air purifiers in classrooms/common areas

    Cleaning, PPE and Handwashing

    • Continued enhanced cleaning measures with EPA-certified chemicals
    • Masks available for all students, staff and visitors (if they do not have their own)
    • Hand sanitizer readily available in all facilities
    • Continued focus on regular hand washing throughout the school day


    • No masks required outside for recess
    • Consider podding classes at recess for contact tracing

    Health Screenings

    • Continue Daily Symptom Checklist completion
    • Continue temperature screening upon entry to facility/schools
    • Requesting staff and/or students remain home if not feeling well

    Health Annex Rooms

    • Schools will continue to have a health annex room for individuals experiencing COVID symptoms.
    • The health annex will be staffed with a monitor.

    Asymptomatic Screening COVID Testing

    COVID Testing - Symptomatic

    • Pending

    Contact Tracing

    • The Department of Student Services & Equity will work with AHD and the involved school to identify any close contacts.
    • Vaccinated staff and/or students do not require quarantine unless symptomatic.

    Close Contact Guidance

    • A close contact is anyone who is within 6 ft or less of the person with COVID for 15 minutes or more in a 24 hour period.
    • In indoor K-12 settings, a student who is within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student is not considered a close contact as long as both students are wearing masks and the school has other prevention strategies in place.
      • This exception does not apply to teachers, staff, or other adults in indoor K-12 settings.
    • Close contacts are advised to get tested for COVID-19 as soon as possible, self-quarantine, actively monitor for COVID-19 symptoms, and get tested again 7-10 days after their exposure if their previous test(s) were negative. (AHD recommends PCR testing for contacts)
    • All close contacts should get tested immediately if they develop symptoms.
    • The following individuals do not need to quarantine, even if they are identified as a close contact:
      • Individuals who were fully vaccinated at the time they were exposed.
      • Individuals who had COVID-19 within the last 90 days of their exposure.
    • Close contacts who do not need to quarantine should still monitor for COVID-19 symptoms, get tested immediately if they develop symptoms, and stay home until they receive test results.

    Quarantine (updated Nov. 15, 2021)

    • 7 days with a negative COVID-19 test (PCR only) taken on day 5, 6, or 7, or 10 days if no test is taken.
    • Fully vaccinated individuals who are not experiencing symptoms are exempt from quarantine.

    Athletics and Activities

    • For indoor activities, masks required and contact tracing requirements for students and employees

    Visitors and Volunteers

    • No non-essential visitors/volunteers.
    • Essential visitors and volunteers will be limited to:
      • Individuals supporting the provision of in-person student supports, to include city and partner programs
      • Individuals supporting/performing ACPS operations and maintenance;
      • Individuals when necessary, while picking up/dropping off a child (in accordance with ACPS arrival/dismissal procedures).
      • Individuals picking-up students who have become ill during the school day.
      • Parents/guardians attending school meetings (e.g., IEP, 504, MTSS).
    • All approved visitors will adhere to safety mitigation strategies established by ACPS, to include masks and temperature screenings

    COVID Vaccinations

    • Vaccinations for those eligible are available at the Teen Wellness Center located at Alexandria City High School.
    • Additional vaccination sites and schedules can be found on the City of Alexandria website.