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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.