Covid-19 Guidance – Aug. 10, 2021

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CCPS Families and Staff:

The School Board has just voted to approve the following recommendation and associated guidance:

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Based on local transmission data, Senate Bill 1303, and expert opinion, the Superintendent recommends the continuation of COVID-19 mitigation strategies and utilization of guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Virginia Department of Health, and County Risk Management.  It is further recommended that the following guidance is followed in alignment with the previous Public Health Order (that ended on July 25, 2021) with the understanding that the Superintendent is empowered to work with the Director of the Chesterfield Health District to adjust these requirements as soon as possible:

Chesterfield County Public Schools strongly encourages and promotes the consideration of (but does not require) available vaccinations for staff and students, consistent and correct use of masks, and physical distancing (if available).

It is required that all individuals (including visitors, volunteers, etc.) wear masks when indoors (including at school orientations, back to school events, etc.) at all Chesterfield schools/offices/facilities and, in compliance with federal law, on Chesterfield school buses (and while loading/unloading school buses while on school property). Exceptions to the requirement to wear a mask include:

  1. Individuals eating or drinking;
  2. Individuals exercising or using exercise equipment;
  3. Any person who is playing a musical instrument when wearing a mask would inhibit the playing of the instrument (e.g., wind or brass instrument) so long as at least six feet of physical distance can be maintained from other persons;
  4. Any person who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance;
  5. Any person seeking to communicate with people who are deaf or hard of hearing and for which the mouth needs to be visible;
  6. When temporary removal of the mask is necessary to secure government or medical services;
  7. When necessary to participate in a religious ritual; and
  8. Persons with health conditions or disabilities that prohibit wearing a mask. 

This is not a requirement (required use of a mask) for any person for whom doing so would be contrary to their health or safety because of a medical condition. Adaptations and alternatives for individuals with health conditions or disabilities are to be considered whenever possible to increase the feasibility of wearing a mask to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading if it is not possible to wear one.

Any person who declines to wear a mask because of a medical condition is not required to produce or carry medical documentation verifying the stated condition, nor shall the person be required to identify the precise underlying medical condition.  It is strongly encouraged that families contact the school nurse to develop a plan that best meets the needs of a student with a medical condition who may not be able to wear a mask.  As a condition of employment, staff members with a medical condition who may not be able to wear a mask should notify their supervisor and/or seek ADA accommodations. Employees may remove masks when working alone in their designated work space but must wear a mask when using common areas and when interacting with others.

These requirements do not apply to individuals when outdoors.  (**PLEASE NOTE: Virginia High School League activities and performing arts may have separate guidance.**)

In addition, the school division is required to conduct contact tracing of anyone who had a recent close contact with someone with COVID-19, which then requires a possible quarantine.  PLEASE NOTE ONE EXCEPTION: In the K-12 indoor classroom setting, the close contact definition excludes students who were within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student (laboratory-confirmed or a clinically compatible illness) where both students were engaged in consistent and correct use of well-fitting masks.  (This exception does not apply to teachers, staff, or other adults in the indoor classroom setting.)

The following self-assessments must be followed: Employee Daily Health Self-Assessment Form and Student Daily Health Self-Assessment Form.  Also, the following is a reference for employees (Employee COVID-19 FAQs ) .