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Free Union Country School COVID Policy 2022-2023

October 28, 2022 Update

In accordance with the CDC and Virginia Department of Health (VDH) recommendations, FUCS will follow these COVID guidelines for the 2022-23 school year. These guidelines may shift as CDC best practices are updated. FUCS will continue to keep the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff at the center of our policies while understanding the need to bring our students to school.

  • The CDC/VDH highly recommends that individuals receive the appropriate vaccination and booster shots. Disclosure of an individual’s vaccination status, in order to attend school, will not be required. Vaccination is encouraged so that we may make the soundest decisions in determining what is best for our school community.
  • While on campus, in general, masks are not required, indoors or outdoors. Any individual who wishes to continue to mask may do so at the individual’s or parent's discretion.
  • Sending children to school with symptoms of illness, without negative COVID tests, could result in a request for the child to be picked from school.

IF students are exhibiting symptoms of illness:

  • In order to ensure that a student does not have COVID 19 and to keep our community healthy; students, who are exhibiting symptoms, may return to school if there is no fever for 24 hours (without fever reducing medication), symptoms are improving and they meet one of the following criteria:
    • two consecutive at-home negative test results with a full 48 hours in between testing on the third day.
    • OR with one negative PCR test.
    • OR with your physician’s approval.
  • If students are staying home, please contact the school at

IF YOU were exposed to COVID-19 or and are NOT up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations:

  • Get tested. Even if you don’t develop symptoms, take a PCR test at least 5 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19. Day zero is the day of exposure.
  • Watch for symptoms until 10 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.
  • If positive, stay home and quarantine for at least 5 full days.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask if you must be around others in your home.
  • If you develop symptoms: Isolate immediately and take a PCR test. Continue to stay home until you know the results. Wear a well-fitting mask around others.

IF YOU were exposed to COVID-19 and are up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations:

  • No quarantine
  • If you develop symptoms, test or contact your pediatrician to determine illness, and develop a back to school plan.
  • Even if you don’t develop symptoms, it is suggested individuals get a PCR test at least 5 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.
  • Watch for symptoms until 10 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.

IF YOU were exposed to COVID-19 and had confirmed COVID-19 within the past 90 days (you tested positive with PCR testing):

  • No quarantine
  • You do not need to stay home unless you develop symptoms.

IF YOU tested positive for COVID-19, or are presumed positive, regardless of vaccination status:

  • Stay home for at least 5 days. First day of symptoms is day zero.
  • Stay home for 5 days and isolate yourself from others in your home.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask if you must be around others in your home.
  • If you are asymptomatic or symptoms are resolving and you have been fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medicine, you may return to school after Day 5.
  • For days (6-10) students may return to school with a mask indoors. If students are unable to mask, they should stay home until day 11.
  • You may remove your mask after two consecutive rapid (at-home) negative tests 48 hours apart before day 10
  • If you got very sick from COVID-19 or have a weakened immune system you should isolate yourself for at least 5 days. Consult your doctor before ending isolation.

IF YOUR symptoms are not improving past day 5:

  • Continue to isolate until:
    • You are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication).
    • Symptoms are improving.
    • If both are true, you can return to school

Reporting:

  • Positive cases in students, teachers, and staff need to be reported to the school. All personal information shall remain confidential. Email link:
  • Individuals do not need to report a close contact or if a family member of a student has COVID, but please follow CDC guidelines.
  • If you are notified that your child is sick at school please pick up within 30 minutes.
  • If you have further concerns, or have serious medical issues please contact the school.

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