Coronavirus (COVID-19)

What happens when there’s a positive case

When a COVID-19 case has been reported to the school division and confirmed:

  • A contact tracing investigation will be completed in collaboration between the school division’s Health Services Office, school administrator, the Transportation Office (if applicable), and the VBDPH investigation team.
  • Those individuals identified by the VBDPH as COVID-19 close exposure contacts will be called by the investigating nurse and required to quarantine for 10 days from the last date of exposure.
    • Per the CDC, a close contact is defined as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 cumulative minutes (e.g., five interactions of three minutes each) during an interaction starting from two days before illness onset or, for asymptomatic individuals, two days before their testing date.
    • Exception: In the K-12 indoor classroom setting, the close contact definition excludes students who were a minimum of 3 feet away from an infected student if both the infected student and the exposed student(s) correctly and consistently wore well-fitting masks the entire time. 
    • Prior to returning to work or school, any employee or student who is diagnosed or tests positive for COVID-19 must complete the CDC isolation guidance, be well, and provide a medical clearance from a healthcare provider to return to work or school.
    • Accommodations for continued learning will be addressed through the student’s school principal and teacher(s).
    • Please note that cases are not reported on the day an individual became ill, but on the day that person has been classified as meeting the case definition for COVID-19.
  • All other individuals (e.g., visitors, staff or parents/guardians of students) on a bus or in the school (or other VBCPS building) who are identified as low-risk exposure contacts will receive a general notification letter from VBCPS via the AlertNow notification system.
    • Please contact your child’s school to check or update your contact information in AlertNow.
  • The VBDPH will recommend what additional cleaning is needed on a bus or at the school based on the last date an individual with COVID-19 was on a bus or in that building.
    • Please see our #VBSafeTogether video that offers more information about health and safety mitigations that are used in our schools.