While universal masking remains in place in schools and offices, the school board has approved a target and tool to determine when the school division can safely transition to optional mask use for students in the future. The health and safety of HCPS students and staff will continue to be the primary focus.
HCPS will use local decision-making factors from the CDC to determine when a change is appropriate in the future. The move to optional mask use for students will take place when:
- Transmission rates are less than 100 new cases per 100,000 persons and less than 10 percent of PCR tests are positive in the last seven days (reported each Monday by the VDH).
- There is a plan to mitigate outbreaks at the school level (including a plan to return to virtual learning by individual class, grade level, or school).
- The vaccination rate for individuals 5 years and older exceeds 70%.
- Screening tests (such as “ViSSTA” and “Test to Stay”) are available at all of our schools and offices.
As a reminder, face masks are required for any person on school buses. Additionally, employee mask use is required in alignment with regulations from the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry. You can watch the entire health and safety update to the school board here.
(Good news about the final provision on the list above: we told you earlier that supplies for the Test to Stay program were on the way. Those supplies, intended to minimize the impacts of quarantine and limit school absences, are now available at all of HCPS’ schools.)
Vaccination clinics remain an essential tool for keeping our community safe. A new series of free COVID-19 vaccination clinics in February and March is providing convenient opportunities for those age 5 or older to get immunized — and to get boosters! Check out the dates and clinic sites around Henrico County, as well as answers to a few FAQ.
Keep up with updates at our COVID-19 Updates page.