Health & Safety Information

Updated Health & Safety Measures for Summer 2022

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.

The following are our current health and safety measures for the 2022 Summer School program. Any updates for the 2022-23 school year will be communicated prior to the start of school.

Positive Tests  |  Close Contacts & Quarantine  |  COVID-Like Symptoms

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

My student tested positive for COVID-19.  What do I do?

If your student tests positive for COVID-19, please use the link below to report their case to the school division. You will need their student ID to login. If you need assistance completing the form, please contact your school directly.

  • Report a student case
    • You will receive additional guidance after completing your positive report.
    • This report automatically notifies your school’s attendance of your student’s absence.

If you are an APS employee and you test positive for COVID-19, please use the link below to complete your self-report.

Individuals who test positive will isolate for 5 days regardless of vaccination status. Students/staff can return on Day 6 if they meet the following:

  • Fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication
  • Symptoms are improving or have gone away completely
  • Able to wear a well-fitting mask for days 6-10 after the end of the 5-day isolation period, in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance
    • If unable to wear a mask when around others, the individual will isolate for 10 days and return on day 11.

My student was exposed to COVID as a close contact. What do I do?

Individuals who are exposed to COVID-19 as a close contact may need to quarantine.

  • Who is NOT required to quarantine:
    • Up to date with COVID vaccinations
    • Anyone who has had a confirmed positive COVID case in the past 180 days (6 months)
  • Who IS required quarantine:
    • Not up to date with COVID vaccinations (includes partially vaccinated and unvaccinated)
    • Anyone experiencing symptoms, regardless of vaccination status or prior COVID case in the last 6 months. If you develop symptoms, get tested and remain home until you know the result.

My student is sick. What do I do?

Students who are experiencing COVID-like symptoms, including cough, fever, sore throat, and congestion, should stay home. To return to school, students must present with the following:

  • A negative COVID test (provider-attended antigen or PCR test) OR
  • Provider clearance and alternate diagnosis OR
  • Isolation for 5 days. The student may return on days 6-10 when the following criteria are met:
    • Fever free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication)
    • Symptoms are improving
    • Student wears a well-fitting mask for 5 additional days (day 6 through day 10) after the end of the 5-day isolation period, in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance
    • If students are unable to wear a mask when around others, they are to continue to isolate for a full 10 days at home.

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 updated summer 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.
Report a close contact exposure


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.