Attached at the bottom of this letter you will find the Nativity Algorithm to help guide parents and staff on when to report to school and when to stay home and seek care from their Primary Care Physician when illnesses arise. It also guides parents/staff on when to return to school after an illness.
If your student develops a fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, stomachache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, has shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, loss of taste or smell keep them home. Contact your Primary Care Physician who will determine whether or not COVID-19 testing is indicated. Please provide the school with a note from your Primary Care Provider stating that the illness is not COVID-19 related. If testing is not indicated but your child has a fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, stomachache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, has shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, loss of taste or smell a due to a illness unrelated to COVID-19 keep them home until they are symptom free and fever free for 24 hours without medication.
If symptoms are due to seasonal allergies it should be noted on their Virginia School Entrance Health Form that your student has seasonal allergies. Please follow the advice of your Healthcare Provider regarding allergy management (medications, nose sprays etc.) in order to ensure that symptoms are well managed before coming to school.
If your Primary Care Physician orders COVID-19 testing stay home and quarantine until you receive results. Please notify the school of your results in order to be cleared to come back to school. If you received a positive COVID-19 test the results will be sent to the Health Department by your Healthcare Provider or the lab that processed the test. The Health Department will contact you once they receive that notification and will give you further recommendations and begin contact tracing. If you have been in close contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 you should stay home. The Health Department will be in touch with you with further recommendations. You do not have to wait for the Health Department to contact you, you can call the Fairfax County Health Department's COVID-19 Information Line at 703-246-3511 for guidance.
Please note that if your child is sent home from school due to an illness or a complaint of an illness they must remain home the following day to eLearn and subsequent days until symptom free.
We are closely monitoring all illnesses reported to the school as well as illnesses and complaints of illnesses that present to the clinic during the school day. We will immediately send a mass notification to all if we are notified of a positive COVID-19 case. We will not send out mass notifications for every absence or for every student sent home during the school day.
Thank you for helping to keep our students and staff healthy!