Contact tracing concludes, RCPS remains open

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The Rappahannock County High School in years past.

On Sunday evening, Rappahannock County Public Schools Superintendent Shannon Grimsley notified families that a single high school student tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend after a “routine screening.”

“The student was asymptomatic and was not on school premises during regular school hours during the window of concern (48 hours before and after positive test or symptom onset); however, the student did participate in the Wonderful Wednesday Day Camp counselor training on Wednesday, February 24,” Grimsley said. 

Her message continued: “Local contact tracing is complete, and all those identified as having been in close contact with the individual who tested positive have been notified and advised to quarantine according to our School COVID Response Plan.

“Rappahannock County Public Schools is [sic] able to remain open and resume business as usual. Additionally,the Wonderful Wednesday Day Camp will begin on Wednesday, March 3, as scheduled. If you or your child are ever identified as having been potentially exposed, a school nurse will contact you to ask that you please stay home and monitor for symptoms of cough, shortness of breath, or a temperature higher than 100.4F, and practice social distancing for at least 10 days from your last contact. If you have not been contacted by the school nurse, you do not need to stay home or exclude yourself from activities at this time.”

“Parents should continue to monitor their child’s health and the health of their families for COVID-19

symptoms. Children with COVID-19 generally have mild, cold-like symptoms, such as fever, runny nose, and cough. Vomiting and diarrhea have also been reported in some children.

“Children with certain underlying medical conditions, such as chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma, serious heart conditions, or weak immune systems, might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Contact your child's healthcare provider regarding any concerns.

“People without symptoms do not need to seek care or be tested. Those who become ill should contact their healthcare provider. Their doctor, in consultation with public health officials, will determine appropriate care and whether testing is necessary. If your child has been exposed to or diagnosed with COVID-19, please report this to your school. This information will be kept confidential. If your child is tested, please ensure your child stays home until test results are reported.

“Schools continue to utilize Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations on Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, to reduce viral transmission and keep our children and school personnel healthy and safe. Parents and family members can assist this effort by promoting healthy behaviors and following these practices:

  • Stay home from school or work if sick, even if symptoms are mild.

  • Wear a face covering in areas where physical distancing is difficult to maintain.

  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue (or sleeve), and then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.

  • Avoid touching the eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are often touched.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Take care of your health overall. Stay current on your vaccinations, including the flu vaccine, eat well, and exercise to help your body stay resilient.

“The Virginia Department of Health provides information about COVID-19 and frequently asked questions (FAQ) from parents and concerned family members. The CDC offers tips to keep children healthy during this time. The Virginia Department of Education’s produced COVID-19: A Parent Guide for School Age Children and provides additional considerations for students with disabilities, guidance for military families and social emotional wellness for parents and caregivers.”