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Parent/Guardian Guide

PWCS Health Protocols 2020-21

Before Boarding the Bus or Arriving at School

  • Complete the Daily Health Questionnaire.
  • Ensure that you have your cloth face covering.

Riding the Bus
and Arriving at School

  • Maintain six feet of distance between you and others.
  • Sit only in seats that are marked.
  • Sanitize your hands when entering the building.

During the
School Day

  • Wear your cloth face covering when six feet of physical distance is not possible.
  • Sit in the area your teacher has assigned.
  • Don't share food at lunch.
  • Wash your hands as often as possible.

Riding the Bus Home and After School

  • Maintain six feet of physical distance when boarding the bus.
  • Sit only in seats that are marked.
  • Clean/wash your face covering.


What will happen if a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19?


A staff member will alert the Prince William Health District (PWHD).

The PWHD will initiate contact tracing.

The school will alert families according to guidelines set forth by the Office of Communications.

Parent Guide - Decision Tree

Is your child sick with symptom(s) of COVID-19*?

If the answer is YES:

  • Are the symptoms new or unusual for child?
    • Keep child home and call your health care provider.  Notify the school. 
  • Are the symptoms usual for the child (e.g., allergies, migraines, asthma) or caused by a known diagnosis (e.g., ear infection, strep throat)
    • Seek care as usual practice. If fever present, stay home until at least 24 hours fever-free without fever reducing medicine.

If the answer is NO:

  • Has the child had close contact** with someone with COVID-19? 

    • NO 
      • Send the child to school.
    • YES 
      • Test for COVID-19 and isolate/quarantine at home.

*Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever (≥100.4◦F) or chills, fatigue (more tired than usual), headache, muscle aches, cough, nasal congestion or runny nose, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting, new onset poor appetite or poor feeding.

**Close contact means being within six feet of a person with COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more or direct exposure to respiratory secretions.

Adapted from Virginia Department of Health and American Association of Pediatrics Guidance, August 2020