I have concerns about my child attending school. What should I do?

Contact your child's school administrator. We will be happy to discussion what options are available.

What is the coronavirus?

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a new virus that has only spread in people since December 2019. The first case was identified in Wuhan, China, and cases have been detected around the world including the United States. Public health officials worldwide are working to slow the spread of coronavirus disease.

 For more details on COVID-19, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

I have a child in a Craig County school. Should I be concerned?

According to the CDC, "For the general American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus at this time, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low."

What is CCPS doing to address the coronavirus?

CCPS is collaborating with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) in monitoring the status and is following current guidance from the VDH and CDC related to COVID-19. We are proactively reviewing our plans and have a team in place in the event the virus affects our community. We have also issued prevention reminders to school administrators and custodial staff on what they can do to help ensure a healthy school environment. CCPS custodial staff is following cleaning guidelines as established by the CDC.

What cleaning is taking place in schools and offices?

CCPS custodial staff are thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surface and objects in classrooms. Custodial staff are placing emphasis on door handles, panic/grab bars, water faucets, light switches, soap/paper towel dispensers, student desks, tables, chairs and restroom fixtures.

What can I do to help prevent the spread of illness?

Our school nurses and staff work with students to promote good hygiene and to keep everyone healthy and safe. We also work with our custodial providers to ensure our schools receive thorough cleaning every day. Parents are asked for help in reinforcing healthy practices at home with children. CCPS and the VDH also offer the following reminders to stay healthy:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Take flu antivirals if prescribed by your health care provider if you have the flu.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Will CCPS close schools?

There are no plans to close schools at this time. The decision to close a school will be made jointly by the school division and the Virginia Department of Health, should that become necessary.

 The CDC, VDH, and VDOE have encouraged school districts to make plans for continuity of instruction during a closure. However, school districts have also been advised that “seat time” requirements will still be in force, requiring us to either have 180 days, 990 hours, or make up the first 5 days and every two days after that. Requests for waivers with the Virginia Board of Education are permitted in the event of an especially severe outbreak in a given area. We have spoken with officials at the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) and understand this would be addressed on a case by case basis and then, should significant closures impact our or other communities, that possibility may be revisited.

How will CCPS educate students in the event of a closure?

CCPS is exploring all options for continuation of learning by providing online resources and opportunities for student learning in case of a closure. We are prepared to deliver instructional activities to students PreK-12 based on available tools and established distance learning systems. In order to meet the needs of all students and families in an equitable manner, instructional activities and resources may be provided online, attachments via email, or hard copy. Schools will make every effort to provide for instructional opportunities while remaining flexible to accommodate individual circumstances. In no case will a student be penalized due to a lack of resources, support, or internet access at home.

How will missed days impact K-12 student attendance and final assessment exemptions for secondary students?

CCPS will continue to follow policy JED - Student Absences until the Virginia Department of Education issues a statement related to compulsory attendance as it relates to the COVID-19 impact to schools.

 Students are urged not to attend school if they are ill with a fever of 100.5 or above. Students should not return to school until they have been free of fever for 24 hours without the use of fever reducers. Appeals will be granted for absences due to fever or flu symptoms under the policy provision of “extended illness”.

Will CCPS be monitoring students and staff who have traveled internationally?

Depending on the travel history, students and staff will be asked to stay home for a period of 14 days from the time they left an area with widespread or ongoing community spread (Level 3 Travel Health Notices). International travel cases will be monitored by the Virginia Department of Health.

How about field trips to other places within the U.S.?

Currently, there are no travel restrictions for locations within the US. However, CCPS is continuing to work closely with the VDH and monitoring this evolving situation. CCPS understands that some parents or guardians may have concerns regarding their child’s participation in field trips. Student participation in instructional or student activity field trips is always optional at the discretion of the parent or guardian. If a student does not participate in an instructional program field trip during the school day, the school will provide an appropriate educational alternative. Parents should be aware of financial risk in situations in which no refunds are available and decide accordingly. Depending on the trip arrangements and policies of the vendor, refunds may not be available in situations that the school decides to cancel a trip or a parent decides that his or her individual child will not participate.

How does CCPS prepare for students who may exhibit symptoms of respiratory illness and fever during the school day?

Anyone who is exhibiting symptoms of fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, should stay home and contact their health care provider.
Students who become ill during the school day visit the school health room and care is provided based on established health room protocols. When students are not able to return to class, parents or guardians will be contacted.

 Everyone can do their part to stay healthy. Precautions that are recommended for avoiding colds, flu and other respiratory illnesses include good respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene: covering coughs and sneezes, washing hands frequently, and staying home when sick.

How is CCPS preparing for a possible outbreak?

CCPS currently has protocols in place to address communicable respiratory illness, such as influenza. As with any respiratory illness, protocols address good respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene: covering coughs and sneezes, washing hands frequently, staying home when sick and cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.

CCPS is reviewing its existing influenza response plan and making any necessary revisions to respond to COVID-19 scenarios. The plan will be revised and updated as new information becomes available. CCPS’s response plan addresses the specific activities necessary to keep schools open and operating while providing a clean and safe environment during an outbreak and the essential functions that must be performed by CCPS, if schools are closed. Other variations of these scenarios could also be considered. While the full impact of an outbreak cannot be predicted, planning for operations under such conditions can mitigate the impact of the event on our staff, facilities and mission.

What can I do as a parent to stay informed?

Check the CCPS website for regular updates. Ensure that your contact information (phone/text/email) is up to date by contacting your child’s school directly.

Whom do I contact if I have questions?

If you have questions about your child’s attendance at school, please contact the school directly. If parents or guardians have questions about the illness or symptoms, or how to prevent respiratory infection, we encourage them to talk to the school nurse.

Where can I get updates?

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Virginia Department of Health (VDH) are updating their information regularly.

 School-related information is and will be updated as needed.
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