Covid

 


 **If your child has been vaccinated for Covid-19 please provide me with the dates so that I can update our records. [email protected]

 

Updated: February 25, 2022

Are masks required at PWCS schools, offices, or school buses?

As of February 25, 2022, masks are optional across all PWCS schools and offices for employees, students, and visitors, with the exception of Head Start Pre-K classrooms. Masks continue to be required by federal rules for adults and students in Head Start Pre-K classrooms.

Employees and students can continue to wear a mask based on personal preference, informed by personal level of risk.

The CDC no longer requires wearing masks on buses operated by public school systems. Under the CDC framework for measuring COVID-19 in the community, Prince William County is now considered to be at a low level. When at this level, the CDC no longer requires masking. PWCS will adjust these requirements should the community level change.

What are the current isolation and quarantine guidelines?

COVID-19 Isolation Guidelines

  Required? Length*
Student iconIsolation
Students
Yes, for those who:
  1. Have received a positive test result; or
  2. Have received a physician’s diagnosis.
10
Days

Return to school on day 11
Staff iconIsolation
Staff members
Yes, for those who:
  1. Have received a positive test result; or
  2. Have received a physician’s diagnosis.
At least
5
Days

Return to work on day 6 – with mask required day 6-10

*No student or employee should return to school or work until symptoms have significantly improved to include being fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications.

COVID-19 Quarantine Guidelines

Quarantine – will only apply if more than 10% school population is COVID-19 positive and recommended by local health officials.

  Required? Length
Staff & Student iconQuarantine
Staff and students
(No illness but identified as a Close Contact)
Yes, for those close contacts who are not fully vaccinated per CDC definition. 5
Days

Return to school or work on day 6
No, for those who are fully vaccinated and not ill or who have had a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the last 90 days. 0
Days

What is a COVID-19 variant?

Viruses constantly change through mutation, and new variants of a virus are expected to occur. Sometimes new variants emerge and disappear. Other times, new variants persist. Numerous variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 are being tracked in the United States and globally during this pandemic. For more visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

What are symptoms of COVID-19?

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms usually 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.

Why are students sharing seats on school buses?

As 97% of the Division's 90,000 students have returned in-person to our buildings, PWCS buses are running at full capacity with 2-3 students per seat. PWCS is operating within the CDC and Virginia Department of Health guidance for health protocols.

How does PWCS work with the Prince William Health District to support COVID-19 contact tracing?

PWCS collaborates with the Prince William Health District (PWHD) to monitor student and staff positive cases. Contact tracing will only occur in those limited situations wherein 10% or more of the school population is positive for COVID-19 and a recommendation is made from the PWHD to initiate contact tracing during the period of high case numbers in one location.

 

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:


 

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)

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




PWHD Vaccine Clinics at PWCS Buildings - Prince William County Public Schools