Return to School - COVID-19 Testing

FCPS is no longer offering optional weekly screening testing for all schools or diagnostic drive-through testing sites.

On April 22, 2022, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) discontinued the COVID-19 testing program for students and staff. FCPS is no longer offering the following:

  • Optional weekly screening testing for all schools. 
  • Diagnostic drive through testing sites at Gatehouse Administration Center and Sideburn Center. 

If students have symptoms and need to get tested, the following options are available:

  • COVID-19 Testing is available at various sites throughout Fairfax County and the state.
  • At-Home Test Kits—Students leaving the school CARE Room with symptoms of illness are provided an at-home test kit. 
  • Test-To-Stay Program—In partnership with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), FCPS is providing access to the Test-To-Stay program for students who have been identified as a close contact when an outbreak has been declared. It allows students to remain in school as long as they test negative for the first five days following a close contact exposure. This program is available to any student who meets eligibility criteria and whose parent/legal guardian has provided consent for their participation. 

Required Testing for Staff

All FCPS employees must complete the Employee COVID-19 Vaccination Status Form with their latest vaccine dose, including boosters, and should self-administer the daily health screening questionnaire, stay home if feeling symptomatic, and report positive test results to their program manager.

Unvaccinated employees must self-administer weekly at-home tests.

COVID-19 Return to Work Reporting and Procedures are available on the Employee Hub.  

Reasons To Discontinue Screening and Diagnostic Testing 

To limit the spread of COVID-19 and to keep schools open safely, Fairfax County Public Schools had provided a COVID-19 screening and diagnostic testing program to students and staff as part of its layered prevention strategies

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the community level for Fairfax County has been low. In addition, Fairfax Health District COVID-19 Vaccination Status indicates that more than 70% of all Fairfax Health Districts residents have been fully vaccinated (defined by receiving two of a two-dose vaccine or one of a single-dose vaccine) and more than 80% have received one dose. Vaccination rates by age group indicate that more than 50% of students ages 5-11 and more than 90% of students ages 12-17 have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. COVID-19 vaccinations are free and available at various locations in our community.