Parents: Screen Students for Illness Before Leaving Home for School

Daily screening is an important prevention strategy

August 3, 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As we prepare to welcome back our students, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) will continue to follow guidance put forth by the clinical researchers and medical providers of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) to ensure the safest classrooms possible. Our Return to School Plan provides an overview of the policies and protocols related to COVID-19 FCPS will follow when we open our doors Monday, August 23.

FCPS is committed to delivering an in-person classroom experience 5 days a week for all students in the upcoming school year. To do this, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) needs to partner with the community to promote a safe and healthy environment for our students and staff.

Student Screening for Illness Prior to Leaving Home

One of the most important prevention strategies guidelines is screening students daily for any signs of illness prior to leaving home for school. Any student who is ill or presents with COVID-like symptoms is to remain at home. The daily health screening questionnaire and all translated version can be found on our Health and Safety Guidance document at This document provides the details of the policies and protocols related to COVID-19, and it is continually updated to align with public health guidance as it evolves during the school year. Daily completion of the health screening is done on an honor basis and does not need to be sent to the school.

COVID-19 may cause different symptoms in different students. Listed below are possible symptoms for COVID-like illness as according to the VDH:

  • Feeling feverish and/or having chills (if thermometer reads a temperature/fever of 100.4F or greater)
  • A new cough, not due to another health condition
  • Fatigue (more tired than usual) 
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose 
  • Headache 
  • A new sore throat, not due to another health condition 
  • New chills, not due to another health condition 
  • New muscle pain, not due to another health condition or caused by a specific activity such as physical exercise 
  • New loss of taste, smell, or poor appetite or poor feeding 
  • Abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting 

Returning to School After Illness

Please see the FCPS guidance for a student sent home with a COVID-like illness

Stop the Spread

Thank you for partnering with FCPS to Stop the Spread of COVID-19 in our schools. For more information, visit


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