Revised September 21, 2021
Topics on this Page:
- Top Tools for Families
- In-Person Agreement
- Daily Screening Tool
- What to Do in COVID Situations
- COVID Dashboard and Local Health Data
- School-Based Covid Testing
- Daily Routines
- Plan for Safe Return
- Ways to Help
- Face Coverings/Masks
- Virtual Learning
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NOTE: This information is for 2021-22. All information is subject to change based on new information from health experts such as the CDC and emerging best practices.
Top Tools for Families
This page gives basic information related to COVID and everyday topics for in-person instruction (5 days a week).If you have additional questions, please contact your school.
- IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT SCHOOL BUSES: Bus service is very limited due to a shortage of drivers (Click here to read recent coverage of this issue). Please see detailed information in the “Transportation” section below. The City, which manages the student transportation program, continues to try to expand routes.
- Looking for information about virtual learning? For those students whose applications were accepted to our virtual program, information is available at charlottesvilleschools.org/virtual. Contact your teacher with questions.
Translators and interpreters are available. Our web site can be translated with Google. Call or email your school for help. You can also text 434-953-1802.
Si tiene preguntas acerca de las escuelas de Charlottesville, llame a nuestra línea telefónica en español al 434-245-2548. Un profesor de español le devolverá la llamada.
Local Health Data Using CDC Framework
We have been working with the state and local health experts to follow local COVID-19 data. See the charts and spreadsheets below for Charlottesville City Schools confirmed cases in 20-21 and 21-22. Note that we report cases even if the staff member or student was remote or not present at school during the period of contagion.
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As part of its data metrics, the CDC recommends a number of mitigation strategies, from masking to ventilation to school-based COVID testing. We will show the complete list below and give an update.
Core Mitigation Measures to Support School Openings (CDC)
- Promoting Vaccination: We encourage vaccination of all school community members age 12+ and held school-based clinics in the spring. Students can also be vaccinated at the Back-to-School Bash on August 21. The School Board has voted to require staff to be vaccinated, or in cases such as health exemptions, be tested weekly.
- Masks and Face Coverings: Per our masks/face coverings policy, all students, staff, and visitors are required to wear masks covering the mouth and nose inside school buildings and on school buses/at bus stops. For details and exceptions (such as when eating or if there is a medical or other accommodation), please see the policy. Individuals will be asked to supply their own masks, but disposable masks will be available if an individual has forgotten to bring one. Face shields are also available for students and staff, but they are not a replacement for masks.
- Social Distancing to the extent possible (3 feet where possible): Signage and floor markers will reinforce the furniture placement to encourage 3-foot separation. Floor decals in halls and markings on sidewalks will show direction and reinforce spacing. Signage also communicates one-way directions in stairwells or hallways as needed.
- Screening Testing: We will participate in a state program for regular COVID testing throughout this school year as an additional strategy to promote safety. The tests will be pooled (or grouped); if the group test is positive, the individuals in the group would be tested further. As part of the same state program, we are hoping to offer rapid diagnostic testing for individuals as needed. To sign up or learn more information, click here.
- Ventilation: The City is following ASHRAE recommendations to use the highest MERV-rated filters possible for all equipment, coupled with increasing ventilation. All systems are set for maximum outdoor air at normal occupancy levels. Any space that cannot use a MERV 13 or 14 filter will be equipped with a portable air cleaner. As weather permits, we will keep windows open. Going above and beyond standard mitigation for K-12 and universities, the City engaged an engineer from Tri-Dim to consult on the best course of action for each building/space and installed UV-C lights and/or bipolar ionization equipment according to recommendations.
- Hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette: Students and staff will use hand sanitizer upon arrival. Hand sanitizer is available in all classrooms, on all buses, and at all student building entrances, and some classrooms have sinks for handwashing. Schools will teach and reinforce good hygiene practices such as handwashing, covering coughs and sneezes, and refraining from touching surfaces when possible.
- Staying home when sick and getting tested: Staff and students will be asked to screen at home daily for COVID-19 symptoms and risk factors such as close contacts showing symptoms. Students will be asked to stay home and contact a healthcare professional if they are symptomatic or if they know of an exposure to COVID-19. Note: fully vaccinated students/staff who are symptom-free may attend school when close contacts either show symptoms or have suspected/confirmed COVID-19. See guidance in the health section, below.
CSS Student Home Screening Tool (revised July 28, 2021)
- Contact tracing in combination with isolation and quarantine: To help us work with the health department for contact tracing, we will implement several measures. Student movement in school buildings and buses will be minimized and monitored, and seating will be assigned. We will fully support contact tracing and subsequently enforce recommendations for quarantine or isolation. The agreement for in-person instruction (signed with registration or re-registration forms) gives permission for Blue Ridge Health Department and Charlottesville City Schools to share contract-tracing information related to exposure or diagnosis of school community members.
- Cleaning and disinfection: All CCS cleaning products are on the EPA list of disinfectants for COVID-19. Custodians have been equipped and trained with foggers and electrostatic sprayers to support more rapid and effective disinfection of surfaces and entire spaces. Classrooms are equipped with spray bottles with the all-purpose disinfectant cleaner and microfiber cloths to readily address high-touch services such as desktops and door knobs. A daily cleaning form is used by the custodial staff working with the building administrators, and a color-coded system indicates whether rooms are: in use or not yet cleaned (red), ready for use following standard cleaning procedures (yellow), or ready for use following extra cleaning measures (green).
Other CDC-Recommended Strategies in Place
- Adequate supplies: As stated elsewhere, we will supply hand sanitizer, face masks (for those who arrive without them), face shields, disposable gloves, COVID-approved cleaning supplies, and more. Staff such as nurses in need of other PPE will be supplied those items.
- Shared objects: As possible, we will minimize use of shared items or will create a plan for cleaning and disinfection (of touch screens, key boards, door knobs, etc).
- Visitors/Volunteers: We are limiting volunteer programs and non-essential visitors. Signage reminds visitors to check to see if their business can be conducted by phone, computer, or outside meeting. If the principal approves a volunteer or visitor, individuals need to wear a mask, screen for symptoms, and use hand sanitizer.
- Water systems: The City has been flushing water regularly to make sure that school water supplies remain safe.
- Physical barriers and guides: The division has ordered and installed plexi-glass barriers for areas such as reception desks and to support safe 1:1 interactions in classrooms or with specialists. Schools can acquire additional barriers according to their specific needs.
- Communal spaces: Most or all students will have lunch in classrooms. We will use playgrounds, but we will stagger use and schedule hand-washing before and after recess.
- Food service: For most or all students in our schools, we will serve meals in classrooms. Classes are encouraged to eat outside as much as possible, and we have developed safety routines for when this is not possible. Students are still welcome to bring packed meals, but no microwave will be available. All students will wash hands or use hand sanitizer before and after eating. Other safety features include a meal pre-ordering system and a touchless system using ID cards for payment. We will provide additional wheeled waste cans in the hallways so food waste will not remain in the classrooms. For virtual or quarantined students, families can arrange pick-up at the school closest to them. Find complete meal information here.
- Training: Staff and students will need to be trained on appropriate procedures and mitigation strategies. We will use training videos prior to returning to in-person instruction. Custodial staff received special training. Additional training was also required for nursing staff as well as SPED staff who work with students to assist with medical or personal care.
- Protocols: We have assembled policies and protocols to guide our return to in-person instruction. All protocols are subject to change based on public health expertise and emerging best practices.
- Outdoor Spaces: We hope to use our outdoor spaces as much as possible, particularly for classes such as gym or choir. Classes may also go outside for lunch or suitable instruction/class meetings.
School will look different. What does that look like at lunch, recess, or more? If your child attended in person last spring, many daily routines will stay the same. Watch this short video for a few daily safety reminders for students:
When students arrive at the bus or the school, they may have their temperature screened and will hand sanitize. They can pick up a grab-and-go breakfast if they wish (breakfast and lunch are free this school year). Then students will go directly to their assigned spot in their classroom. Elementary students will largely stay in their “home” classroom, but we use outdoor spaces as much as possible, particularly for gym and recess. Generally speaking, students will eat lunch in their classrooms. At Buford and CHS, students will follow their schedules to move from class to class following signage and other procedures to encourage social distancing. School hours may be adjusted to allow for the additional cleaning time required for buses between runs.
Note: please make a plan for if your student arrives at the bus or school with a fever or COVID symptoms. See the transportation FAQ (below) for details.
Athletics and Extra-Curricular Activities:
Clubs and athletic activities may resume:
- CHS will follow Virginia High School League (VHSL) guidelines for sports and activities. For further updates, visit gocville.org.
- All other clubs and extracurricular activities will need to follow CCS guidelines and gain building-level approval to be sure that activities are in compliance.
High-risk touch points in restrooms (faucet knobs, flush handles, partition locks, ADA railings) will be disinfected at least mid-morning and mid-afternoon, and restrooms will be cleaned nightly. Schools will stagger bathroom breaks to minimize close contact with students from another cohort. Handwashing is the key to safe bathroom use. Mirror clings in all restrooms will reinforce the importance and basics of proper handwashing. Schools will develop site plans for safe restroom use.
You can find the academic calendar for 2021-22 here. Click “other formats” for a one-page printout.
To the greatest degree possible, individual desks will be used and will be separated by 3′. Furniture will be arranged so that students face in the same direction.
As much as possible, PE and recess will take place outside. We are requiring masks for staff outdoors and encouraging masks outdoors for all students at this time, with the understanding that outdoors is the best time for mask breaks when students and staff are 6ft apart or more. (Procedures for extracurricular activities are program specific).
Students should wash hands before and after recess or gym. Outdoor playground equipment can be shared within a class, but again, since it will not be disinfected, hand-washing is important. Multiple cohorts can be outside at the same time as long as they are distanced from one another. Any shared equipment such as balls should be disinfected between classes.
- Elementaries (including PreK): 8am-2:30pm
- Buford/Walker: 8:30am-3:15pm
- CHS: 9:05am-3:50pm
- LMA: 9:15am-3:05pm
Early dismissal hours are:
- Elementaries: 12noon
- Buford/Walker: 12:45pm
- CHS: 1:40pm
- LMA: 11:30am
We are offering free breakfast/lunch for all students this school year. For most students in our schools, we will serve meals in classrooms. Classes are encouraged to eat outside as much as possible. When this is not possible, we have developed the safety routines including:
- Minimizing talking while masks are off for eating (“mask off = voice off”)
- Assigning seating cohorts during meals, avoiding having students face each other
- Maintaining spacing of 3-6 feet.
- Opening windows during mealtime
Students can still bring packed meals from home, but no microwave will be available. All students will wash hands or use hand sanitizer before and after eating. Other safety features include a meal pre-ordering system and a touchless system using ID cards for payment. We will provide additional wheeled waste cans in the hallways so food waste will not remain in the classrooms. See more information about meals, below.
For virtual or quarantined students, families can complete a Google form to arrange next-day pick-up at the school closest to them.
Schools are still following the schedule for state-required safety drills. We will adapt these processes to accommodate social distancing.
We will limit shared items as much as possible. If shared, items should be disinfected between use when possible. Group work can still happen — students will just need to follow social distancing guidelines. Schools and teachers will use lots of visual cues and reminders. Areas where students will need to share a space or equipment will create a space-specific cleaning plan.
See next section for information about transportation.
We are limiting volunteer programs and non-essential visitors. Signage reminds visitors to check to see if their business can be conducted by phone, computer, or outside meeting. If the principal approves a volunteer or visitor, individuals need to wear a mask, screen for symptoms, and use hand sanitizer.
Students are encouraged to bring water bottles since water fountains will not be open. Bottle-filling stations are available.
Breakfast and lunch will be free for all students during the 2021-22 year. Even so, we encourage families to apply for free/reduced meals, especially if they are new to Charlottesville City Schools. Find more information about meal protocols in “Daily Routines” (above), and find complete information about meals at charlottesvilleschools.org/food.
What’s for lunch? Find menus here — there’s a link at the bottom of every page on our website.
Virtual or quarantined students needing meal service? Virtual or quarantined students can complete this form to request a next-day pick-up meal at the school nearest you.
When school opens, we’ll have very limited space on school buses. Help now by finding a new way for your child to go to and from school. For information and ideas, look through our FAQ. The City’s Safe Routes to School team has developed some walking/maps for the elementaries and Buford — look below the FAQ to see yours or print it up.
How much space will there be on school buses?
Due to severe driver shortages complicated by the pandemic, the City of Charlottesville has fewer school bus drivers than needed, and the schools will have very limited school bus space. Current estimates show that we will be able to serve a maximum of 200 riders per day for elementaries (combined), 200 for Buford/Walker (combined), and 200 for CHS. (During 2019-20, 2,600 students rode the bus to and from school. This year, we may have a maximum of 600 per day.)
How else can my kid get to school?
To assist families who do not receive bus transportation, the City’s Safe Routes to School program is helping to organize additional supports such as volunteers guiding groups of walkers or bike-riders to school. They have developed new maps to help (see yours below)! Learn more about Safe Routes to Schools and ways you can help! Your PTO might have a sign-up genius or another way to connect families. Or partner with friends, neighbors, and classmates to make alternative plans.
Any changes for car-riders?
There will be more cars in the drop-off and pick-up zones, so we have established alternate locations such as nearby parking lots where we can set up additional sites for car-riders. Stay tuned for information from your school. Important note: please stay in the car drop-off lane until your children have cleared any temperature checks or other screenings.
How will I know if my child can ride the bus?
If you requested bus service, your school will let you know if you are assigned a spot or if you are on a wait list. If you are unsure of your child’s status, please do not go to a bus stop. Instead, please help us by finding an alternative way for your child to get to and from school. Thank you for your patience, and if you know of potential drivers who can help us, please send them to the City’s website!
Note: for children in 1st grade and younger, a responsible adult must accompany the student to and from the bus stop.
How will you select which students to put on the bus initially and which to put on the waitlist?
In the spring, priorities for ridership were determined among students who indicated that they could not get to school unless they had school bus transportation who:
- Have qualifying special needs (IEP’s)
- Are Pre-K students (transportation cannot be a barrier under state guidelines)
- Need Tier 3 supports (this might include English language learners, etc.)
- Siblings of priority students ride can ride as the 2nd child on a seat
The City’s Pupil Transportation department is actively trying to identify drivers and solutions. Thank you for your patience.
How will we keep buses safe?
Buses will be cleaned between runs. Families will screen students for symptoms at home, and prior to boarding the bus, students will wear masks and use hand sanitizer. Students may get a temperature check or screening. For those students who get a bus assignment, we ask them to sit in their assigned seat. Siblings can sit together.
What if my child can’t ride the bus due to a fever/symptoms?
For children in 1st grade and younger, a responsible adult must be at the stop each morning. For older students, we will call families to let them know if their child was unable to board the bus or the student will ride the bus and go directly to the school’s isolation room for prompt pick-up. Please make a plan in case your child gets sent home from the bus or school due to a fever or other COVID symptoms. We will make every effort to contact families in this situation. If one child in a family shows a fever or other COVID symptoms, we will ask for all unvaccinated students in the family to return home and seek guidance from a healthcare provider.
What if my walker or bike-rider arrives at school with a fever or symptoms?
The student will be sent to the school’s isolation room, and the parents/guardians will be notified to promptly arrange for the student (and unvaccinated siblings) to return home.
Why do you have so little space on the buses and why can’t the City just hire more bus drivers?
- There was a national shortage of school bus drivers even before the pandemic.
- Many of our drivers are retirees who are at greater risk due to COVID-19; some have decided to step down for their personal safety.
- The process of getting trained and ready to work as a school bus driver takes a while.
- We are limiting students to 2 per seat.
- Want to join our team of bus driver or recommend a friend? Visit the City’s employment site.
We are limiting volunteer programs and non-essential visitors. Signage reminds visitors to check to see if their business can be conducted by phone, computer, or outside meeting. If the principal approves a volunteer or visitor, individuals need to wear a mask, screen for symptoms, and use hand sanitizer.
We all depend on each other to reduce risk and promote safety. Following recommendations from the CDC, we will require everyone in the school division to wear a mask while indoors at the start of the school year.
Find info below about daily screening and what to do in common COVID situations. Click “More Information” to find more about masking, health screening, COVID communications, and other health protocols.
Vaccinations for COVID-19 and other Diseases:
- If your child is age 12 or older, please check with your healthcare provider about the COVID-19 vaccine. Click here for area walk-in clinics and other information.
- And to learn more about the state’s new (non-COVID) vaccination requirements for students in kindergarten, grade 7, and grade 12, click here. Be sure to submit documentation to your school as soon as possible.
- Questions about your child’s vaccines? Please check with your healthcare provider or call the school.
- To promote safety, the Charlottesville School Board has voted to require staff to be vaccinated, or in cases such as health exemptions, be tested weekly.
Will schools inform families of a positive case in the classroom or school?
We will follow the same protocols that we did last spring. After notifying any individuals who may have been directly impacted by a diagnosis, we will next communicate with any elementary classrooms that have been generally impacted. After those two processes are complete, we will communicate to all school staff/families that someone who has been in the school was diagnosed with COVID and that anyone who needs to quarantine has already been contacted. As we did in the spring, we will only announce cases that might impact the school, not those among, for example, virtual-only students or staff members who had not recently visited the school. Names and personally identifiable information will not be released.
What is the policy? When do students/staff need to wear them?
All adults and students are required to wear masks covering the nose and mouth when on school grounds, with the exceptions of designated times for eating or when people are outside and can be six or more feet apart. Masks will also be required on buses and at bus stops. Masks should not be see-through or have valves. Find the full policy here.
What if someone won’t wear a mask?
We will have additional masks on hand for anyone who has forgotten or lost one. We will work to ensure that the student and family understand the importance of wearing a face covering.
What if someone can’t wear a mask?
For individuals with a documented health condition or disabilities, CCS will identify solutions on a case-by-case basis.
What if someone needs help getting cloth masks?
We know this can be a challenge. If providing a mask is a challenge for your family, please check with your teacher or school.
Can you wear the same mask daily?
Yes, if it is washed and dried after each day. Masks should be washed on a daily basis (this can be in a sink with soap and water or in a washing machine). It would also be good to keep a “spare” in the classroom or a backpack. If providing (or daily washing) masks is a challenge for your family, again please contact your teacher or school.
What about face shields?
Face shields are not a substitute for masks, but we do have a supply for any teachers and students who wish to wear them as an additional protection.
Why are we requiring masks?
Face masks are one of the most important ways to slow the spread of COVID-19 when combined with everyday preventive actions and social distancing in public settings. The CDC and the American Academy of Pediatricians recommend universal masking in schools.
How will handwashing (and hand-sanitizing) be encouraged?
Staff and students will participate in handwashing/sanitizing at regular intervals, including upon arrival at school, before/after recess, and before/after lunch. Schools will have supplies of hand sanitizer and soap to allow for frequent hand-washing, and classrooms and school facilities will be disinfected regularly. We will teach the importance of (and techniques for) handwashing.
Do schools have supplies for handwashing or sanitizing?
Schools have supplies of hand sanitizer and soap to allow for frequent handwashing. Older students who wish to bring a personal bottle of sanitizer are encouraged to do so.
Will you teach students about the importance and best techniques for handwashing?
Yes, prior to and following a return to in-person instruction, we will use videos, visual reminders, and more to reinforce this important habit.
How will you do daily health screening?
Everyone entering a building, including students and staff, must engage in a daily health screen before leaving home for school. Families and staff will sign a one-time agreement that they will agree to self-screening. Find family agreement here.
Will there be on-site health screening?
Adults and students may get a temperature check and/or in-person symptom screening before entering the building (or boarding a school bus). Students/staff with a temperature of 100.0F or above will need to go home. Students and staff should stay home if they are experiencing symptoms, including fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, abdominal pain, fatigue, muscle aches, and/or headache. Unvaccinated students should also stay home if close contacts are experiencing symptoms or awaiting COVID test results or have possible/confirmed COVID.
Note: please make a plan for if your student arrives at the bus or school with a fever. If your child will ride the bus, see the transportation FAQ (below) for details. If you drive your child to school, please stay at school until the child has passed any temperature screening.
Will There be COVID-19 Testing for Staff or Students?
We will participate in a state program for regular COVID testing throughout this school year as an additional strategy to promote safety. The tests will be pooled (or grouped); if the group test is positive, the individuals in the group would be tested further. As part of the same state program, we are hoping to offer rapid diagnostic testing for individuals as needed. To sign up or learn more information, click here.
How will we keep facilities clean?
Facilities staff will clean and disinfect nightly, and during the day for high-need areas. Staff will frequently clean touched surfaces in schools and on buses at least daily and between use as much as possible. Toys or classroom items that cannot be easily cleaned or sanitized (such as plush toys) will be removed. For more about cleaning procedures, see Safety and Mitigation Strategies, above.
What about restrooms?
High-touch surfaces (faucet knobs, flush handles, railings) will be disinfected at least mid-morning and mid-afternoon, and all restrooms will be cleaned nightly. Handwashing is key to safety. Signage will encourage spacing, handwashing, and other safe practices. Schools will develop a site-based plan for restroom use.
Has PPE (personal protective equipment) been purchased?
CCS has purchased PPE such as masks, face shields, thermometers, and gloves to help maintain a safe environment and prepare for the return to school. We’ll make sure schools receive supplies based on key information like the number of students enrolled, the number of teaching stations it has, and other details. We have a system to monitor and replenish these supplies to ensure schools have what they need to maintain a safe environment.
Will PPE (personal protective equipment) be given to staff? Students?
Additional supplies such as gowns and N95/KN95 masks will be provided for school nurses and others who may have close contact in personal care for students.
What if a student develops COVID-19 symptoms at home?
Consult with your primary care physician and report the absence at school. If someone is experiencing symptoms in your household, do not send any of your unvaccinated children to school without further guidance. If the symptoms are typical for your child, be sure to tell your doctor. Keep in mind, not everyone who displays COVID-19 symptoms has or will contract the virus.
What if a student develops symptoms at school?
Students who develop symptoms at school will be immediately directed to a designated isolation space in the school until they can safely leave or be picked up to go home. Prompt pick-up of sick children and their unvaccinated siblings (within an hour) is part of the safety agreement that parents/guardians agree to follow when participating in in-person instruction.
Depending on the situation, the individual’s primary care provider may recommend testing for COVID-19 or give other guidance. Individuals who test positive will remain in isolation. Students with COVID-19 symptoms (and their unvaccinated siblings) should not return to school without guidance from their healthcare provider and/or school nurse. Please continue to report the absences; it would be helpful if families speak with the principal or school nurse with updates.
Will students have to show a negative COVID test to return to school?
No. There are many reasons that someone may show symptoms and/or an elevated temperature above 100.0F. But if a student displays COVID-19 symptoms, they should check with their healthcare provider or the school nurse for guidance.
What if a student is diagnosed with COVID-19?
Any student required to isolate at home due to illness from COVID-19 will be required to isolate for 10 days or until there is no fever for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine (or as directed by a healthcare provider). A note from a healthcare provider will be required prior to returning to a CCS school campus.
What if a student is exposed to COVID-19?
Fully vaccinated students who are symptom-free can attend school. Unvaccinated students who are a “close contact” of someone with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 will need to quarantine at home for 14 days from the date of last exposure or as directed by a healthcare provider. For this purpose “close contact” is defined as being within 15 feet of a confirmed COVID-19 person for 15 minutes over a 24-hour period. Please notify the principal or school nurse.
What if a household member of a student is diagnosed with COVID-19?
Per health department guidance, fully vaccinated students who are symptom-free can attend school. Any unvaccinated student who lives with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 will need to begin quarantine and remain in this phase for two weeks following the recovery of the patient or as directed by a healthcare provider.
If a child stays home with symptoms or to quarantine following exposure, how will they continue to learn?
Students will continue to be served by their home school but in a remote capacity for the duration of the quarantine period. Please check with your teacher for guidance.
How does contract-tracing work?
Contact-tracing is a helpful way to keep the school community safe. The agreement for in-person instruction gives Charlottesville City School and the Blue Ridge Health Department permission to share information about COVID exposure and diagnoses concerning our school community members. That way, people who were exposed to a known positive case can quarantine and prevent the spread of this disease to others. It is helpful when students or staff displaying symptoms keep the school nurse or staff “in the loop” so that we can take precautions to keep everyone safe.
What will we be told if a student or staff member becomes sick?
Names and personally identifiable information will not be released, but the local health department will work with schools on the necessary next steps, including communications to families or school staff. All such communications will be coordinated with the health department. In the spring, we announced cases that might impact the school (but we did not notify the school about cases among, for example, virtual students or staff members who had not recently visited the school.)
Is there a nurse at all schools and program sites?
Schools have full-time nurses.
How safe is the school isolation quarantine area?
Staff assigned to supervise individuals in the designated isolation quarantine area will be provided with appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE – masks, gloves, gown, cap, shoe coverings), and proper disposal will be provided for the PPE. Custodial staff responsible for cleaning the area will also be provided with appropriate PPE to address the area after any isolated individuals leave the space. The protocol for this area in each school will include use of disinfectant spraying equipment. An isolation quarantine area cleaning checklist will be signed and dated when the protocol is completed.
Is there a chance that a class or school would need to revert to online-only instruction?
We will continue to work closely with the local health department and are following local and state data. As diagnosed cases arise, we will cooperate with the health department on contact tracing or other recommendations. Public health experts are very clear that each case is unique and that they will respond accordingly.
What if a Staff Member Develops COVID-19 Symptoms at Home?
Consult with your healthcare provider and notify your supervisor. If these symptoms are common to you, be sure to mention this. Do not attend school without further guidance (even if you are vaccinated). Please keep any of your unvaccinated Charlottesville Schools students at home until your healthcare provider gives guidance. Keep in mind, not everyone who displays COVID-19 symptoms has or will contract the virus.
What if a Staff Member Develops Symptoms at School?
Staff who develop symptoms in the school setting will be immediately sent home or directed to a designated isolation space in the school until they can safely be picked up. Depending on the situation, the individual’s healthcare provider may recommend testing for COVID-19 or give other guidance. Individuals who test positive will remain in isolation. Staff with COVID-19 symptoms (and their unvaccinated children who attend Charlottesville Schools) should not return to school without guidance from their healthcare provider.
Will Staff Have to Show a Negative COVID Test to Return to School?
No. There are many reasons that someone might show symptoms and/or an elevated temperature above 100.0F. But if a staff member displays COVID-19 symptoms, they should check with a healthcare provider for guidance.
What if a Staff Member is Diagnosed with COVID-19?
Any staff member required to isolate at home due to illness from COVID-19 will be required to isolate for 10 days or until there is no fever for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine (or as directed by a healthcare provider). Their unvaccinated household members (including any children who attend Charlottesville Schools) will need to go into quarantine.
What if a Staff Member is Exposed to COVID-19?
Fully vaccinated staff who are symptom-free will not need to quarantine. Unvaccinated staff who are a “close contact” of someone with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 will need to quarantine at home for 14 days from the date of last exposure or according to the guidance of their healthcare provider. For this purpose “close contact” is defined as being within 15 feet of a confirmed COVID-19 person for 15 minutes over a 24 hour period. Please contact the Director of Human Resources.
What if a Household Member of a Staff Member is Diagnosed with COVID-19?
Per health department guidance, fully vaccinated staff who are symptom-free will not need to quarantine. Any unvaccinated staff member or student who lives with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 will need to quarantine. Typically this is a two-week quarantine from the date of last exposure. Check with your healthcare provider for guidance.
What Will We Be Told if a Staff Member Gets COVID-19?
Names and personally identifiable information will not be released, but the local health department will work with schools on the necessary next steps, including communications to families or school staff. All such communications will be coordinated with the health department. In the spring, we announced cases that might impact the school (but we did not notify the school about cases among, for example, virtual staff members who had not recently visited the school.)
Plan for Safe Return to In-Person Instruction & Continuity of Services for 2021-22
Our plan for a safe start to the school year in the fall (5 days/week) can be found below, along with our draft planned uses for the fund from the American Rescue Plan (Act) – Elementary & Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER III). Submit feedback to the Board by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or text 434-953-1802. You can also comment at the 8/5 5pm Board meeting via Zoom (or go to CHS Media Center).
- Plan in English
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There are some simple steps that everyone can take to keep our community safe this fall. Or you can learn about the City’s Safe Routes to School program to find ways to help children bike or walk in the mornings or afternoons.
Eager to see a safe and smooth school opening? Here’s how you can help:
- Continue to build your family’s good habits — social distancing, mask-wearing, and hand-washing. If you or your age 12+ students haven’t been vaccinated, talk to your healthcare provider for guidance. Do your part to reduce our COVID-19 numbers.
- Get flu shots for your family.
- Download the state’s COVIDWISE app. This app does not collect personal data, but it does help with contact tracing.
- Stay up-to-date with Charlottesville City Schools. Complete your child’s re-registration forms in PowerSchool. Still not getting phone calls and/or emails? Want to get texts? Please check with your school office.
- If your child will be learning in person, make a plan for these situations now:
- Transportation to and from school. There will be VERY LIMITED bus space.
- Sick days: If your child is sick, please help our community and keep all the unvaccinated students in your household home. Check with your doctor or school nurse for advice.
- Unexpected fever or symptoms at the bus or school: We may screen for fevers or signs of illness before children enter the bus or school. Please make a plan now for if your child is not allowed to board the bus or needs to go home from school.
- Isolation: If your unvaccinated child is exposed to someone with COVID-19 symptoms at any point (whether at school, when out, or at home), the unvaccinated students in your household will need to isolate for fourteen days or as directed by a healthcare provider.
Kids will be walking and biking. Want to learn more or find a way to help?
The City’s Safe Routes to School program has created maps and is helping to organize supports to help students safely walk or bike (or scoot or skip) to school. Interested in learning more or helping? Let them know!
This page was designed to help students attending school in person. For those students whose applications were accepted for online-only instruction, you can learn more at charlottesvilleschools.org/virtual. The deadline for priority consideration was in mid-July.
- To allow us to finalize preparations for a smooth start to the school year, we will close the application on Sunday, August 15 at 8pm.
If you believe your child needs and will be successful in virtual learning next year, learn more at at charlottesvilleschools.org/virtual.
Need meal service for your virtual student? For virtual (or quarantined) students, complete this form to request a next-day pick-up meal at the school nearest you.