Virginia Beach City Public Schools strives to maintain a safe learning environment for our students, teachers, staff and families. As such, we think it is important that our families know what monkeypox is and how it can be prevented.

Non-variola orthopox virus, also known as monkeypox, is a contagious rash illness that can spread from person to person by direct contact with infected skin rash, lesions, scabs, or bodily fluids. It can also spread through respiratory droplets during extended face-to-face contact or through contact with contaminated materials or objects (such as garments, towels, or linens) that have previously been in contact with the infectious rash or bodily fluids. Symptoms usually develop within 3 weeks after exposure and include a rash resembling pimples and blisters and might include fever, headache, muscle pains, backache, swollen lymph nodes, chills, or respiratory disease symptoms (e.g., chills, sore throat, runny nose, cough).

Please see the Center for Disease Control FAQ’s for schools regarding monkeypox to help answer any questions that you may have pertaining to this virus and it’s prevention.

For guidance related to symptoms or isolation, please visit