Covid

 

Overview of COVID-19 Quarantine for K-12 Schools | CDC

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) | CDC

COVID-19 Data In Virginia - Coronavirus

PWCS Daily Home Screening for Students - Prince William County Public Schools

 Evaluating-Symptoms-in-a-Child.pdf (virginia.gov)

My child is showing signs of COVID-19:what do I do?

Health Trends - Prince William County Public Schools (pwcs.edu)

FAQ - Prince William County Public Schools (pwcs.edu)

Those who have had COVID-19 in the past three months or have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they do not have symptoms.

**If your child has been vaccinated for Covid-19 please provide me with the dates so that I can update our records. FiguerRC@PWCS.EDU


Covid Vaccine


Which COVID-19 vaccines are available in Virginia?

Vaccine brand Pfizer-BioNTech Pfizer-BioNTech

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Moderna

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Johnson & Johnson (Janssen)

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Available for ages 5-11 12+ 18+ 18+
How many shots are needed? Two shots, 21-42 days apart Two shots, 21-42 days apart Two shots, 28-42 days apart One shot
When will I be fully vaccinated? 14 days after your second shot 14 days after your second shot 14 days after your second shot 14 days after you get the shot
Is an additional primary series dose recommended? Not at this time Yes, for some individuals who have a weak immune system Yes, for some individuals who have a weak immune system Not at this time
Is a booster dose recommended? Not at this time At least 6 months after the primary series if you are 18+. At least 6 months after the primary series if you are 18+. Yes, at least 2 months after the first shot, if you are 18+.
Authorization status Emergency Use Authorization FDA Approved (ages 16+) Emergency Use Authorization (ages 12-15, additional doses for certain immunocompromised people ages 12+, and boosters for 18+) Emergency Use Authorization (ages 18+, additional doses for certain immunocompromised people, and boosters) Emergency Use Authorization (ages 18+ and boosters)

Vaccine Recommendations for Children and Teens

The Pfizer-BioNTech (5-11 year old) COVID-19 vaccine is now available for Virginia!

Virginia will have enough supply of the Pfizer-BioNTech (5-11 year old) vaccine for all Virginians ages 5-11. However due to the nature of vaccinating this population, we do anticipate appointments with a primary care provider may be preferred by parents and therefore may be more limited initially. There are many options for children to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech (5-11 year old) vaccine, including pediatrician and family practice offices, retail pharmacies, federally qualified health centers (FQHC), and Community Vaccination Centers (CVCs).

High demand for the Pfizer-BioNTech (5-11 year old) vaccine in some parts of Virginia may make it hard to get an appointment at certain locations at first. More appointments will open up each week. Parents and guardians should check vaccinate.virginia.gov regularly to see updated appointment availability, especially if they are unable to make an appointment at their preferred location.

For more information about vaccines for children and teens, visit the CDC’s webpage about the COVID-19 Vaccine for Children and Teens.

 

Vaccinate Virginia

 

Everyone in Virginia Age 5 or Older Is Eligible for the COVID-19 Vaccine Now!

Pre-Registration is No Longer Required

Here’s How to Get Your 1st, 2nd, or 3rd Dose:






Why is universal masking currently required in schools?
The Virginia Department of Health issued a public health order on August 12, 2021 requiring masks for all staff and students inside school buildings.

Through masking, our schools will be:
  • Maintaining a layer of mitigation for staff and students when physical distancing is not possible;
  • Significantly reducing potential disruption to the educational environment caused by student quarantines;
  • Providing time for vaccines to become available at all ages and for more students to receive vaccinations; and
  • Reducing potential impacts to staffing due to employee illness or quarantine.

See Mask Guidance

REGULATION 275-2 Update to Emergency Face Covering Requirements

 

What is a mask?

A mask is a face covering that covers your nose and mouth. The CDC provides the following guidance on effective masks:
  • Have two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric;
  • Completely cover your nose and mouth;
  • Fit snugly against the sides of your face without gaps;
  • Have a nose wire to prevent air from leaking out of the top of the mask; and
  • If using a neck gaiter or a fabric face covering, wear a gaiter with two layers, or fold it to make two layers.

Will PWCS continue to provide masks to schools at no cost?

Yes, disposable masks will be provided to schools for use by staff, students, and visitors as needed.

Can parents/visitors enter the building without a mask?
Are masks required at outdoor recess?
Masks are not required at recess when students are engaging in activities that allow physical distancing.
Will PWCS continue to implement daily health screening questionnaires for students?
Yes, daily health screening questionnaires will remain in place for all students.
What are Symptoms of COVID-19 and Variants?
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. Visit the CDC website for complete list of symptoms.
When do individuals have to quarantine?
Close contacts quarantine when exposed to another individual being treated as having COVID-19 and the period of exposure time is greater than 15 minutes in a 24-hour period based on the situations below.
Setting Distance Apart Student Adult
Vaccinated Unvaccinated Vaccinated Unvaccinated
K-12 school setting indoor or outdoor during school hours
All persons masked
Including on school buses as log as a seating chart is maintained.
More than three feet No, not a close contact No, not a close contact No, unless the adult has COVID like illness Yes
Less than three feet No, unless the student has COVID like illness Yes No, unless the adult has COVID like illness Yes
K-12 school setting indoor or outdoor during school hours
One or both persons unmasked
Less than six feet No, unless the student has COVID like illness Yes No, unless the adult has COVID like illness Yes
Non-school setting or after school hours
Includes:  school athletic events, extra-curricular activities, PWCS office sites, preschool
Persons masked or unmasked
Less than
six feet
No, unless the student has COVID like illness Yes No, unless the adult has COVID like illness Yes

 

 Based on Virginia Department of Health guidance as of September 10, 2021.

 

How long will students and staff who are required to quarantine be out of the building?
  • A 14-day quarantine continues to be recommended. If a person is unable to stay home for 14 days and if no symptoms have developed, quarantine can end after day 10 with no test or after Day 7 with a negative PCR or antigen test performed on or after Day 5. Those who have had COVID-19 in the past three months or been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 are not required to quarantine as long as they do not have symptoms. Staff members and students should monitor their health for symptoms for 14 days and always follow COVID-19 prevention recommendations.
  • Nurses will be trained by the Virginia Department Health in the “VDH Algorithm for Evaluating a Child with COVID-19 Symptoms or Exposure.”

How will students receive instruction when quarantined?
  1. When a student is required to quarantine, the student and parent will be notified that all assignments and lesson materials can be accessed through Canvas asynchronously. A designated staff member will be responsible for coordinating the communication of how the student should access their instructional materials and assignments during their quarantine. Details on quarantine process and contact tracing are above.
  2. Currently, teachers receive an alert or notification via the Hub that they have a student who is quarantined.  This notification serves as a reminder for teachers to ensure that the Canvas page has remained updated and instructional information is clearly labeled for students to access. Students in quarantine accessing learning are marked present.
  3. All teachers will be required to post their availability on Canvas to help students with instruction. Teachers will respond daily to emails from quarantined students.
  4. In cases where the entire class/section is quarantined, the teacher will instruct that class/section virtually.  The teacher will report in-person to instruct the class virtually (unless quarantined). The student will access any other classes/sections using Canvas.