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Prince George County Public Schools
Return to Learn: Resuming Instruction Safely
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Isolation: Isolation is used to separate people infected with COVID-19 from people who are not infected. People who have symptoms of COVID-19 are able to recover at home and those who have no symptoms (are asymptomatic) but have tested positive for infection should isolate themselves, monitor their symptoms, and wear a face covering when around others, if possible. (CDC)
 
Quarantine: Quarantine is used to separate someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 and may develop illness away from other people. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they have the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a quarantine period of 14 days, but options exist to shorten a quarantine for those who are not exhibiting symptoms during daily monitoring. These include:
 
  • Ending an individual's quarantine after ten days without testing if no symptoms have been reported during daily monitoring, or
  • After seven days following a negative PCR or antigen test result (test must occur on Day 5 or later)
 
The CDC's guidance is being utilized by the Virginia Department of Health as part of its quarantine procedures. (VDH)
 
Close Contact: Someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period* starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated (CDC)
 
How PGCPS Communicates a Positive Test:
 
Prince George County Public Schools is committed to protecting the health of our school community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Part of this is providing communications when someone may have been potentially exposed to an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19. In accordance with Virginia Department of Health guidelines, individuals who have been deemed to have been in close contact with a positive case of COVID-19 will be notified and asked to quarantine and monitor their health during this time. Close contact is defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Virginia Department of Health (VDH) as being within six feet of less of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 for more than 15 minutes cumulatively over a 24-hour period.
 
Prince George County Public Schools is committed to protecting the privacy of our students and employees by continuing to closely adhere to guidelines put forth in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). As such, we will not disclose any potentially identifiable information regarding individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been asked to quarantine.
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A Message from Dr. Lisa Pennycuff, Division Superintendent

 
Pennycuff HeadshotDear Prince George Families, 
 
In March 2020 as the first cases of COVID-19 began to be recorded in the state, Prince George County Public Schools joined 132 other districts in the commonwealth in closing their doors and transitioning to serving students beyond the school house. As instruction changed during the final months of the 2019-2020 school year, it was clear this pandemic would have a profound effect on education. It was also important that every effort was made to support the needs of the children of Prince George County despite the challenges presented by COVID-19.
 
In the months leading up to the start of the 2020-2021 school year, PGCPS focused on developing instructional and safety plans that supported our entire school community. The school division’s health mitigation plan was created using guidance from local, state, and federal health officials to foster safe learning and working environments, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Virginia Department of Health, and the Virginia Department of Education, among others. 
 
Alongside the district’s health plan, the district unveiled an instructional plan that offered our families the choice of in-person instruction for as many days as safely possible based on the health of our community, or virtual instruction during the school year. 
 
The safe reopening of school on September 8, 2021, was an important moment in our efforts to support the educational, nutritional, and socioemotional needs of our students during the pandemic. Throughout the year, the district’s Department of Health Services worked collaboratively with the Crater Health District, aiding in contact tracing, addressing questions as guidance was revised over the last nine months, and most recently, offering our students the opportunity to be vaccinated against COVID-19 through on-site vaccination clinics.
 
As we look forward to a more traditional return to learning in the 2021-2022 school year, I want to thank our Department of Health Services and nurses for their work over the last year. These individuals led school-level COVID-19 mitigation efforts, carried out vital interventions following positive tests or potential exposures, and aided our Custodial Services teams in tracking locations in need of targeted cleaning. 
 
I also thank our partners at the Prince George Health Department and the Crater Health District for their support of our school division during the last year, and as we begin developing plans for the upcoming school year. Their commitment to our community and support of our Department of Health Services played an essential role in allowing our schools to safely offer in-person instruction to our students through the entire school year. 
 
Entering the summer months, Prince George County Public Schools continues to work closely with our local, state, and federal health and educational partners as we develop health and instructional plans for the upcoming school year. The relationships we have fostered with these organizations remain invaluable to us as we look to welcome the great majority of our students back to class this September. 
 
Please continue to follow this page for more information regarding our Return to Learn efforts. We will post resources and information over the next few months in the lead-up to the 2021-2022 school year. 
 
We wish our families a safe and healthy summer break, and we look forward to welcoming your children back to campus this September.
 
Thank you,
 
Lisa Pennycuff, Ed.D
Superintendent
 
 
2021-2022 School Year 'Return to Learn' Instruction, Health Plan 
 
Please check back as this page will be updated with new information and documents as Prince George County Public Schools prepares for the 2021-2022 School Year.
 
 
[Archive] 2020-2021 School Year 'Return to Learn' Instruction, Health Plan

'Return to Learn'
Resources

PGCPS Resources for 2021-22 School Year

 

Please check back as this page will be updated with new information and documents as Prince George County Public Schools prepares for the 2021-2022 School Year.

 

State-Level Resources


Virginia Department of Education (LINK)

 

School Reopening FAQ (LINK)
Virginia Department of Education 

 

Interim Guidance to K-12 School Reopening (LINK, PDF)
Virginia Department of Education 

 

Virginia Department of Health - K-12 Resources (LINK)
Virginia Department of Education

 

COVID-19: A Parent Guide for School-Aged Children (LINK)
Virginia Department of Education

 

Health-Related Resources

 

VDH Crater Health District (LINK)

 

Virginia Department of Health (LINK)

 

Vaccinate Virginia (LINK)

 

Centers for Disease Control (LINK)

 

CDC: COVID-19 FAQ (LINK)

 

American Academy of Pediatrics (LINK)

 
This page will be updated regularly with new information. Please check back often for additional content, updates, and other resources.