Health Commitment & Screening for Returning Students

October 16, 2020

Parental Guardian Health Screening Commitment Form:

  • Parents/guardians who chose an in-school instructional option for their child will be required to complete a Parent/Guardian Health Screening Commitment form as students are phased back into in-person learning. The commitment form is available in EnglishAmharicArabicChineseFarsiKoreanSpanishUrdu, and Vietnamese It is also found in Parent Vue for easy paperless completion. 
  • This document indicates the parental/guardian’s agreement and commitment to completing a daily health screening prior to sending the student to school and also to keep ill students at home.
  • Parents/guardians who have indicated that their child will attend in-school instruction will receive the commitment form electronically, or via hard copy, in their preferred correspondence language.
  • The form will be sent home to families prior to their student resuming in-school instruction via email. 
  • Parents/guardians may choose to provide their response electronically through Parent Vue or parents/guardians may choose to return a hard copy form with their signature. Staff will be required to manually update the receipt of this information in SIS on the Return to School tab and to file the original commitment form in the student’s health portion of the cumulative file. Reminder: 
  • Designated school staff will identify and run a daily report via SIS to identify and monitor those students whose parent/guardian have not submitted the commitment form.
  • School staff will contact the parents/guardians of all students who have not returned the Parental/Guardian Health Screening Commitment form (either electronically or via hard copy) to communicate this requirement until all forms have been received.
  • Students whose parent/guardian have not returned a signed the Parent/Guardian Health Screening Commitment form will be required to complete a health screening and have their temperature taken daily by school staff until the form is received.

Daily Health Screening:

  • daily health screening, using Covid-19 Health Screening Questions, will be required for all students attending in-school instruction. The health screening tool is available in EnglishAmharicArabicChineseFarsiKoreanSpanishUrdu and Vietnamese.
  • As indicated in the Parental/Guardian Health Screening Commitment form, parent/guardians, will complete the health screening each morning, prior to sending the student to school. In order to reduce the spread of communicable disease to student and staff, it is critical that parents/guardians accurately complete this screening daily and keep students home from school when exhibiting any symptoms. These health screenings will be done on an honor basis and will not be required to be submitted to the school. 
  • Parents/guardians will be required to make this commitment for all school-aged children in their household.
  • Parents/guardians will receive frequent reminders from FCPS via multiple modes of communication, reminding them to complete their daily health screening and to keep sick students at home. These communications will be developed in collaboration with the Office of Communication and Community Relations (OCCR), Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement (OPLFE) and Language Services.
  • Students whose parent/guardian have not returned a signed the Parent/Guardian Health Screening Commitment form will be required to have their temperature taken daily by school staff until the form is received.
  • If the temperature of the student is greater than or equal to 100.4° Fahrenheit, the student will be escorted or sent to the predetermined isolation room for further screening. Students sill be escorted by an adult who will maintain 6 feet of social distancing. For any student being sent home, parents/guardians or approved designee are to pick up their student within one hour.

A Reminder About Face Masks (Cloth or Disposable):

  • All students who are two years of age and older are required to wear face masks (cloth or disposable) while on school property (including inside FCPS facilities, during FCPS-provided transportation and school sponsored activities).
  • FCPS has established procedures for the use of face masks (cloth or disposable) for students, staff, and visitors designed to mitigate the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus disease (COVID-19), and other identified infectious diseases during a health crisis. These requirements are outlined in Regulation 2109 (R2109), Face Coverings to Mitigate the Spread of Infectious Disease.
  • The provisions of this regulation are aligned with guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). FCPS has adopted the position that all students, staff and visitors wear face masks while on school property (to include the grounds, the buildings, school buses and other school-provided vehicles) during the school day or during any school-sponsored activity.
  • Any temporary exception to the requirement of wearing a face mask during the school day, such as while eating, drinking or exercising,  will be -under the direction and supervision of a school official(s) when it is safe to do so.
  • Any student requesting an exemption to wearing a face mask due to a medical condition, will provide a written statement from his or her physician confirming that not wearing a face mask is medically necessary. School staff will maintain this documentation in the health section of the cumulative file and designate the exemption in the SIS on the Return to School tab.
  • Refer to the CDC for the most recent information regarding exceptions.
  • Any student not wearing a face mask for any reason, upon arrival to school will receive daily temperature check(s).
  • FCPS recognizes that it may be difficult for many students to wear face masks all day during in-school instruction. School staff may consider building in supervised breaks during the instructional day where students may go outdoors and maintain social distance in order to take a break from wearing face masks.