Follow-up to Mask Changes Effective March 1

By Office of Communication and Community Relations
FCPS Messages
February 28, 2022

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FCPS Community and Staff,

As shared in yesterday’s letter, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new guidance and metrics around COVID-19 in communities and schools. 

As a reminder, mask wearing becomes optional for all March 1. Masks are no longer required during low and medium COVID-19 community levels. Some students and staff may choose to continue to wear a mask for personal or health reasons and others may not. Families, please talk with your children about your expectations for their mask use at school and remind them to support their classmates and teachers’ choices.

Please see the following brief updates to yesterday’s message:


School Buses and Vans - New!

Because community levels are low, masks are now optional on school buses and vans. 

(Masks are still required for all students and staff while inside Fort Belvoir Primary and Upper ES including on school buses traveling within the base.)


Contact Tracing - New!

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) no longer requires schools to contact trace individual COVID-19 cases. As a result, FCPS will no longer contact trace individual cases. Contact tracing will occur in FCPS if there is an outbreak in accordance with the VDH requirement. 

Families and staff will get a daily notification if a COVID-19 case has been reported to the school that day. The daily communication is for information purposes only. Friday notifications will be discontinued.


StreamIN/CheckIN - New!

StreamIN/CheckIN will continue for students in isolation following a COVID diagnosis and, when needed, in response to an outbreak.


Stay Informed

Continue to read FCPS emails and newsletters and check our website for the most up-to-date information. Visit our website for details on the most recent changes to our health and safety measures. Please monitor your child’s health conditions and keep them home when they are sick.


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