Increase in Omicron Variant Causes Local Schools to Maintain COVID-19 Protocols
The Omicron variant has caused an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations within the Commonwealth of Virginia. Local school systems have published their health and safety policies with students and families upon returning to classrooms this week.
WJCC decided to continue to use its existing safety measures that include masking, social distancing, and regular cleaning/disinfecting of facilities. WJCC also participates in the ViSSTA screening program that provides free routine COVID-19 testing for students. ViSSTA is entirely voluntary and only students with a signed consent form will be tested.
In an online post shared on WJCC’s website and via social media, the school division announced that it has been accepted into a pilot program called “Test to Stay”; a program run by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). The school division says it will share more information with WJCC families when Test to Stay is implemented across the Commonwealth.
WJCC published on its website that the goal is to keep all schools open for in-person learning five days a week.
The school division continues to follow CDC quarantine guidelines following exposure to COVID-19.
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