Maintaining the Health of our Students

  • As Manassas City Public Schools (MCPS) returns to in-person learning, it will follow the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for schools to help mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19 and other communicable illnesses. MCPS will work collaboratively with state and local health officials to determine implementation and adjustments that meet the unique needs of our community and fluid guidance from health officials.

    In-person learning

    The Virginia Department of Health has developed CDC based resources to help schools evaluate a child who has symptoms of a COVID-19-like illness or exposure to COVID-19. MCPS staff utilize these materials when determining if a child should stay home.  If your child has symptoms of an illness or is recovering from an illness/injury, be sure to check with the school nurse BEFORE sending your child to school.  

    Stay Home When Appropriate

    • BEFORE school each and every day, MCPS students/families must monitor the health and wellness of those attending in-person.
    • Alert the school nurse if your child:
      • Tests positive or is being evaluated for COVID-19,
      • Has symptoms of an illness, or
      • Has been close to someone who has COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
    • Students with a fever, signs of illness, who are being tested for COVID-19, or who have had close contact with a person with COVID-19 must stay home.
      • BEFORE sending your child back to school, talk to the school nurse.
    • Symptoms of COVID-19 or flu-like illness can include:
      • Fever or chills
      • Cough
      • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
      • Fatigue
      • Muscle or body aches
      • Headache
      • New loss of taste or smell
      • Sore throat
      • Congestion or runny nose
      • Nausea or vomiting
      • Diarrhea

    Wear A Cloth Face Covering

    • Masks are required, regardless of vaccination status, when inside MCPS buildings and on school buses. Masks will not be required when eating or during outdoor recess, outdoor PE, outdoor athletics, or other outdoor activities. Please be advised that as of August 30, 2021, masks are required for all indoor PE at all times.  Outdoor PE remains optional for mask wearing. 
    • All students must wear a cloth or disposable face covering unless they have a doctor’s note on file with the school indicating a medical exemption.
      • Individuals with a medical exemption on file and who cannot wear a mask are urged to prioritize virtual engagement when possible. For in-person activities, other adaptations or accommodations, to the extent possible, may be made. For example, use of a face shield or physical distancing.
    • Face coverings should fit snugly and must cover the nose and mouth.

    Maintain Physical Distancing - 3 to 6 feet apart

    • Students will observe physical distancing in all areas including:
      • Classroom desks/seating
      • ENCORE classrooms (PE, Music, ART, Library)
      • Lunchroom/ Cafeteria
      • Hallways when stationary or standing in a line

    Wash hands frequently

    • All students must wash their hands:
      • After using the restroom
      • When returning to the classroom after ENCORE, Lunch, and Recess
      • After sneezing and coughing
    • All sink areas will have adequate supplies of soap, however, when the use of a sink is not available, students will use hand sanitizer
      • Hand sanitizing stations have been placed around the building
      • Hand sanitizer has been placed in each classroom

    Increased and Targeted Cleaning Procedures

    • Daily cleaning of classroom surfaces

    Illness while at school

    • Plan to immediately pick up a student who is ill. Please make sure the school has an up-to-date list of emergency contacts.
    • Ill students will be monitored in a separate space until they are picked up.
    • Emergency help (911) will be called if the illness symptoms are severe (for example shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, confusion, and/or uncontrolled fever).
    • MCPS will notify the Prince William Health District if a student or staff member has been on campus or participated in a school-sponsored activity and then tests positive for COVID-19.   

    If the school calls you to come and pick-up your child due to illness or injury, please be prompt.

    Reasons a Student Needs to Stay Home from School

    While MCPS strives to meet student health care needs at school in support of encouraging a student’s self-care ability, good attendance, and educational success, there are additional instances besides COVID-19 when a student does need to stay home from school for health reasons. Here are some examples: 

    • Your child has symptoms of any illness or is recovering from an illness –
      • Be sure to check with the school nurse BEFORE sending your child to school.
      • In addition to being symptom-free/improved and fever-free for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medication, there are additional
    • Your student is injured or obviously unwell, even without an elevated temperature or other symptoms.
    • Your student has an undiagnosed or suspected contagious illness or rash.
    • Your student has been diagnosed as having a contagious illness other than COVID-19 such as strep throat, chicken pox, or the flu. In cases of contagious illness, your health care provider will advise when the child may return to classes.  Be sure to speak with your school nurse before sending your student to school.
    • Your child's health care provider has advised that your child stay home to recover from an illness/injury.