Health Plans & Testing
The Forward WJCC Schools health plan was originally developed by a team of school nurses and student health professionals. The plan was reviewed by health experts, including Peninsula Health Department staff and a local pediatrician.
WJCC’s focus and commitment to a safety aligns with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), and the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) guidance on:
- Supporting in-person learning for all students
- Promoting vaccination against COVID-19 for those eligible individuals
- Optional mask wearing in all public education indoor settings
- Focusing on a layered approach with multiple prevention strategies
- Being flexible and responsive to the changing dynamics of COVID-19
COVID-19 Data Dashboard
WJCC Schools maintained a COVID-19 data dashboard during the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 school years. Maintenance of the dashboard was paused in June 2022. The dashboard may be relaunched if the region experiences high community levels of COVID-19, as defined by the CDC. Click here to review the CDC’s latest metrics and COVID-19 community levels.
ViSSTA testing is intended to identify non-symptomatic people early in infection, in order to reduce the spread of the virus. This free testing opportunity is available in the 2022-2023 school year.
WJCC Schools continue to offer free at-home COVID-19 diagnostic test kits to qualified individuals.
Cleaning & Safety
WJCC Schools custodial teams clean school buildings multiple times a day, paying particular attention to common areas and critical touchpoints such as door handles, tables, stair rails, and other hard surfaces. They use disinfectant and cleaning products recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
In addition to cleaning surfaces, WJCC Schools performs preventative maintenance of HVAC systems more often and evaluates airflow in buildings.
WJCC Schools follows health and safety protocols developed with current CDC and local and state health department guidance. This includes but is not limited to enhanced cleaning and sanitization measures, self-assessments for wellness, optional use of face coverings, and handwashing and other hygiene practices.
Anyone experiencing any symptom of illness – COVID-19 or otherwise – is strongly encouraged to stay home and get well.