Fall leaves. Guidance for a safe holiday

As we continue to navigate the dynamics of the COVID-19 pandemic, please be reminded that the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have issued guidance for COVID safety during the Thanksgiving break. The tips below should help all students, staff, and family members make informed decisions about their plans.

  • If you are two years of age or older, wear a mask in public and indoors to protect yourself from COVID-19 and other illnesses.
  • Stay home if you are sick and get tested, especially if you are informed or suspect being exposed to someone with COVID-19.
  • If you haven't done so, consider getting vaccinated now to protect yourself and others for the rest of the holiday season.
  • The week before any gatherings, take enhanced precautions and encourage your family to do so to lower the chance of a COVID-19 spread, such as:
  • Weather permitting, move gatherings outdoors. Better ventilation means a lower risk of illness spread.
  • Avoid non-essential travel and crowded events/venues/locations.
  • Self-monitor for symptoms, and immediately seek testing if you develop any.
  • If you feel start to feel sick before Thanksgiving, refrain from attending any gatherings to avoid getting anyone else sick.
  • Should you attend any gatherings, self-monitor for symptoms the week after to avoid spreading illness in the community.

Taking the adequate precautions will allow you and others to enjoy a safe Thanksgiving holiday. For questions regarding COVID-19 safety during the holidays, please email the health district at [email protected].