Everyone must be prepared to stay home and quarantine for up to two weeks if you become ill with or are exposed to COVID-19 or was deemed a close contact of someone who is having symptoms that COULD be related to COVID. We know being quarantined for two weeks will be extremely challenging, but it is necessary to stop the spread of the virus. Make a PLAN, as COVID will undoubtedly affect us all at some point. PLEASE make sure that you have working contact numbers of where you can be reached during the school day, should your student become ill. Also, have a "Plan B" if you cannot get to the school quickly, as we simply cannot keep students in the isolation room for an extended period. Anyone picking up the student must be listed on the Emergency Card and show a valid ID before the student will be released to them. 

If your child IS asked to quarantine because of being a close contact, PWCS follows VA Department of Health guidance which reads

Parents/Guardians-- Your child has been exposed to someone who has symptoms that could be related to COVID-19. Based on the VA department of Health algorithm, your student must remain at home and quarantine for 14 days after the last day of exposure. If unable to quarantine for 14 days, 10 days of quarantine is permitted as long as no symptoms develop.      
You may also opt to have your child tested for the COVID 19 virus. If you do so ON or AFTER day 5 of the exposure, and the test is negative, your child may return after day 7 of quarantine is complete. If you decide to test, please contact the nurse to make the nurse aware of your plan to return early, so she can change the quarantine dates before your child arrives at school. Please provide a copy of the negative test to the school prior to your child's return. 

*****If the school receives a negative COVID test from the student who was symptomatic, you will be contacted and your student will be released from quarantine*****



Useful Links

Virginia Department of Health

CDC COVID-19 Information

VDH COVID-19 Vaccination Response

PWCS Daily Health Screening

Click here for Prince William County community resources related to COVID-19.

Click here to read PWCS updates on the COVID-19 response.



Handwashing Is One of The Best Ways To Protect You And Your Family From Getting Sick.

Follow These Five Steps Every Time.

  • Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  • Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  • Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  • Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

Check Out The Video Below For More Information And To See A Demonstration: