Spring Break is almost here. After a full year of the pandemic, your hard work and patience is paying off. We have made regional progress in vaccinating against COVID-19, in-person learning has expanded and extra-curricular activities are in full swing, too. We know how important these opportunities are, and we want them to continue. As cases of COVID-19 come into our schools, they hinder our ability to offer in-person experiences for our students. To that end, many have contacted us to inquire about our guidance related to Spring Break.
As we’ve shared previously, the HCPS health and safety plan requirement that all staff and students must adhere to every day when they report to work/school, including the days following Spring Break, is the ability to answer ‘no’ on the HCPS self-screening form.
We encourage everyone to continue to be vigilant during your time out of school, and, while not required, we urge you to be familiar with the CDC guidance for travel and other safety measures:
Before traveling and during your trip (CDC guidance):
- If you are eligible, begin to get vaccinated for COVID-19. The Henrico County health page is a good place to start.
- Before you travel, it’s recommended that you get tested with a viral test one to three days before your trip. Henrico’s health page includes information about where to get tested.
- Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when in public.
- Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet from anyone not traveling with you.
After traveling (CDC guidance):
- Get tested with a viral test three to five days after traveling AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full seven days after traveling.
- Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full seven days.
- If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
- If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
While the information shared above constitutes CDC guidance and best practices, it does not represent specific HCPS requirements. Again, the HCPS requirement that all staff and students must adhere to every day when they report to work/school, including the days following Spring Break, is the ability to answer ‘no’ on the self-screening form.
We’ve come too far as a community to go backward now. When we all work together, we can avoid a new spike in infections as we reclaim the school environment we all want and deserve.
Have a wonderful Spring Break, and let’s all return to school healthy!