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Updates on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

March 8, 2020 

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to rapidly evolve, with two presumptive positive cases in Virginia as of March 8, 2020. While there are no reports of COVID-19 in Fauquier County, we have heard from families who are seeking guidance and expressing concerns. Fauquier County Public Schools continues to work closely with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) in monitoring the status of the virus and is following current guidance from the VDH and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

While there is no need to cancel schools or social events at this time, FCPS recommends families and staff begin planning for a potential disruption to school operations. Similar to a weather day cancellation, families should consider child care plans in the event schools need to close.

In addition, we would like to remind individuals of the following precautions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to keep you and your family healthy:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your cough/sneeze with a tissue, throw the tissue in the garbage, and wash your hands. If a tissue is unavailable, cough/sneeze into your flexed elbow.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick. Do not send your student to school if they are feeling sick.

School nurses and custodians play a vital role in ensuring schools are healthy learning environments. Nurses are available to monitor student health in our schools, and our facilities department is committed to regular cleaning. To help minimize the spread of germs, FCPS custodians spent March 3rd disinfecting high-touch surfaces in schools. 

The health and well-being of our students and staff is always a top priority. FCPS will post updated information and recommendations on this site as additional information becomes available. 

Thank you for your continued support in keeping our students and employees safe. 

Resources:
Please continue to visit CDC’s COVID-19 website and VDH’s COVID-19 website for the most current information and see the following additional resources:
COVID-19 and children (from CDC)
Talking to Children About COVID-19 (from NASP)
Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (from NCTSN)


February 28, 2020 

We recognize that recent national news regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) may be worrisome. Please be assured that FCPS is working closely with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) in monitoring the status of the virus and is following current guidance from the VDH and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

At this time, there are no cases of the virus in Virginia, and the CDC has reported that "the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low." FCPS has a collaborative team that is updating plans for operational and instructional support should this virus impact our community.

Out of an abundance of caution, FCPS recommends families and staff also begin planning for a potential disruption to school operations. Similar to a weather day cancellation, families should consider child care plans in the event schools need to close.

Additionally, there are things you and your family can do now to help prevent illness.  According to the VDH, best practices include:

  • Staying home when you are sick
  • Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Covering coughs and sneezes
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces

FCPS works with schools to ensure proper cleaning supplies are available and that school custodians are cleaning frequently touched surfaces.

At this time, FCPS does not have any overseas trips planned to countries impacted by the virus outbreak. However, we will continue to monitor this evolving situation closely, and the possibility of cancellation of planned travel exists.

The health and well-being of our students and staff is always a top priority. Thank you for your continued support as we work together to ensure a safe and healthy school environment.

For additional information, please visit the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and the Centers for Disease Control.