Updated January 18
We recognize that the pandemic has been particularly intense for parents as they try to stay informed about the most current recommendations. Here is what you need to know.
First Priority: If you test positive for COVID-19, isolate and reach out to close contacts
Get the latest guidance from your school or school district
Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS)
- If you are an FCPS parent or student and need information about school health practices — including returning to school after illness or exposure, or isolation/pause letters — please see the FCPS Health and safety guidance website.
- FCPS posted a message to families on January 16 regarding its policy on face masks. See that message and guidance.
- Parents with questions about school procedures should contact their school.
Private Schools and Daycares
If you are a parent of a student at a private school or daycare, reach out to your school nurse or school administrator with questions about school requirements for isolation and quarantine. Some schools have health and safety guidance shared on their websites.
Get your family vaccinated
Children ages 5-11 are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine and those ages 12 and up may receive a booster. Vaccine protects against COVID-19 infection and keeps children in school and activities.
Keep Up the Healthy Behaviors
Layered prevention strategies in schools can serve to limit exposure and transmission of the virus. Information, as well as the virus itself, continues to change and evolve as we learn more. The Health Department continues to work closely with our partners in the schools to prevent the spread of the illness and disinformation about COVID-19.
With the emergence of more contagious variants, such as Omicron, and the ongoing surge of COVID-19 cases, it is important that everyone adheres to the following public health prevention measures as best as they can to limit the spread of the virus in our community.
- Everyone ages 5 and above should get vaccinated if you have not done so already, and get a booster dose if you're eligible. Find vaccine appointments. See New COVID-19 Vaccination Opportunities for Teens and Children.
- Wear a mask in public indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status. Masks should be well-fitting and cover your nose and mouth.
- Stay home when feeling ill.
- Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces.
- Wash your hands often, for at least 20 seconds.
- Cover coughs and sneezes.
- Get tested if you have symptoms.
- If you test positive for COVID-19, isolate and inform your contacts to stop the spread. Find more info.
We are here for you
Contact the Health Department Call Center with questions, 703-267-3511. It is open Monday ‒ Friday, 9 a.m. ‒ 7 p.m.
You can also find additional helpful information in the following resources:
- Isolation and Quarantine
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Virginia Department of Health (VDH):