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.
- Parents with questions about school procedures should contact their school.
Private Schools, Child Care Settings, and Camps
If you are a parent of a student/child at a private school, childcare setting, or camp, reach out to your school nurse or administrator with questions about requirements for isolation and quarantine. Some schools and facilities have health and safety guidance shared on their websites.
The Fairfax County Health Department has developed guidance for managing COVID-19 cases and outbreaks in youth athletic and club programs, including both in-school and after-school recreational programs as well as for childcare programs, including in-home daycares and before/after school programs. The guidance is reflective of current public health recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Virginia Department of Health (VDH), and Fairfax County Health Department. Programs are encouraged to adopt these public health recommendations, but policies and practices are up to the discretion of the program administrators in most scenarios. Health department authority may be applied in significant outbreak situations.
Get your family vaccinated
Everyone 6 months and older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine and those ages 5 years can receive a booster dose. Getting children and teens vaccinated against COVID-19 can help keep them from getting really sick if they do get COVID-19, and keeps them in school and activities.
Keep Up the Healthy Behaviors
Layered prevention strategies can serve to limit exposure and transmission of the virus. 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.
The following public health prevention measures can help limit the spread of the virus in our community.
- Everyone ages 6m and above should get vaccinated if you have not done so already, and get a booster dose if you're eligible. Find vaccine and see Stay Up to Date with Your COVID-19 Vaccines.
- Stay home when feeling ill.
- 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.
- Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces.
- Wash your hands often, for at least 20 seconds.
- Cover coughs and sneezes.
- See more ways to stay healthy.
We are here for you
Contact the Health Department Call Center with questions, 703-267-3511. It is open Monday ‒ Friday, 9 a.m. ‒ 5 p.m.
You can also find additional helpful information in the following resources: