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), and will continue offering free, optional weekly COVID testing for students and staff.

2022–23 School Year

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COVID-19 Protocols  |  COVID-Like Symptoms  |  Positive Cases  |  Close Contacts  |  Vaccination

COVID-19 Protocols 2022 – 2023

Most COVID-19 protocols have not changed since last school year; however, there are a few adjustments based on the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Virginia Department of Health (VDH) guidance:

Masks Optional in Low & Medium Community Transmission Levels: Masks will remain optional in all buildings and on buses when conditions allow, per CDC guidance on community transmission levels.
If Arlington County COVID levels increase to the “high” category, APS will require masks in schools, with the ability for families to opt students out.

In-School Testing: APS will continue to offer optional in-school COVID testing for all students and staff through our testing partner, Aegis Sciences Corporation.

How to OPT IN to Testing:
If this is your first time participating:

    • You can OPT IN here (students)
    • OPT IN for APS employees here

If your student participated last year:

    • You should renew your consent directly through the PrimaryHealth portal. Instructions were sent to the email you previously registered with. If you need assistance renewing consent, please reach out to

Covid-Like Symptoms

Students with COVID-like symptoms will be sent home, and a negative test or alternative diagnosis from a healthcare provider must be provided prior to returning to school. All test types are permitted for clearance to return (including lab report, physician’s note, or image of an at-home rapid test result, confirmed by parent). The test must be taken after the student developed symptoms, and documentation of the negative result should be provided. Submit documentation for clearance here.

Positive Cases

Students and staff with a positive COVID-19 diagnosis are required to isolate for five days, and can return on Day 6 if symptoms have improved. After testing positive, students and staff must mask while in school buildings on days 6-10. Students who are unable or unwilling to mask and who are symptom-free may return with a negative test result on or after Day 6. All test types are accepted.  Students should not return to school if they are still experiencing symptoms, even if 5 days have passed. Report positive results here.

Close Contacts

Per the latest guidance from the CDC and VDH, students and staff who have had a direct exposure to an individual testing positive for COVID-19 are exempt from quarantine, regardless of vaccination status, provided they remain symptom-free and do not test positive for COVID-19. Close contacts who develop symptoms should get tested and isolate until they know the result of the test.


Stay informed and up to date! : 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 a booster. APS encourages everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated and boosted.

  • Students under age 5 are now eligible to receive a primary vaccine series
  • Students ages 5 and up are eligible to receive a booster

Find out more about staying up to date with COVID vaccines

Find out where to get vaccinated