Health & Safety Information

Health & Safety Measures for 2022-23

APS is committed to providing learning environments that are healthy and safe for all students. We continue to adapt our COVID-19 mitigation measures based on current conditions in Arlington, in accordance with the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Virginia Department of Health (VDH). Our goal is to provide school environments that are not only open and safe for full-time in-person learning, but are also accessible and welcoming to all students, families and community members.


Masks  |  Vaccinations  |  COVID Testing  | Contact Tracing  |  Visitors  |  Additional Prevention Strategies

Masks Optional 

In accordance with Virginia law and the CDC’s updated health guidance issued on February 25, 2022, masks are optional in school or on school buses for APS students, staff, visitors, and volunteers. APS is committed to inclusive, welcoming classrooms, and students will not be separated or grouped based on mask preferences.
Check the current transmission levels in Arlington County

Mask Guidance Low Transmission Medium Transmission High Transmission
Staff Optional Recommended Required
Student Optional Recommended Required*
Student Athlete Optional Recommended Required*^

*Parents/Guardians will be allowed to opt students out
^Student athletes participating in weekly testing will not be required to wear a mask

APS will continue to review and adjust our policies in accordance with guidance from the CDC, VDH and VDOE.


COVID-19 vaccination remains the best protection against severe illness. Receiving a booster shot when eligible increases an individual’s protection, and students aged 5 and older are now eligible for the booster. APS encourages everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated and boosted. Staff are required to be vaccinated or to submit to weekly testing. Find out more about COVID-19 vaccination and where to find a vaccination clinic on the Arlington County website.

Who is eligible for the COVID vaccine/booster?

  • Students ages 5-11 are now eligible for a booster
  • Students 12 and older require a booster to be considered up to date with COVID vaccinations
  • Students under age 5 are now eligible to receive a primary vaccine series

Upload your student’s vaccination record here

COVID Testing

APS will continue to provide weekly surveillance testing at all school locations and at Syphax for staff and students as a preventative measure to detect asymptomatic COVID cases and prevent the spread.

Staff and families who wish to participate must OPT IN. Please view the schedule for weekly testing online and opt in today, if you have not done so.

Families who wish to stop surveillance testing can OPT OUT their students.

The Test-to-Stay program for unvaccinated individuals as well as symptomatic testing at school locations has been discontinued as of June 17.

Contact Tracing

APS has discontinued contact tracing for individual cases as of June 17. The Virginia Department of Health no longer requires schools to contact-trace individual COVID-19 cases. Contract tracing will occur if there is an outbreak at a school. Families and staff will continue to get a SchoolTalk notification if a COVID-19 case has been reported to the school that day.


APS is pleased to reopen our schools to visitors, volunteers and parents/guardians. All visitors must check in at the front office and sign in using the Visitor Management System.

Additional Layered Prevention Strategies

Adherence to our layered prevention strategies has kept all schools open for safe, in-person learning since day one of the 2021-22 school year. APS will continue to provide thorough cleaning and disinfecting of our facilities, with emphasis on frequently touched surfaces, and will reinforce hand hygiene and healthy habits, as well as make use of outside spaces and implement strategies to improve ventilation as we have done throughout the 2021-22 school year.