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

ViSSTA testing is intended to identify non-symptomatic people early in their illness, in order to reduce the spread of the virus. This free testing opportunity intends to continue in the 2022-2023 school year.

At-Home Testing

WJCC School offers a COVID-19 testing kit distributed through schools’ main offices for qualified students and staff. This testing option is for students and staff who are:

  • Designated as close contacts and are unvaccinated
  • Vaccinated close contacts who begin exhibiting symptoms
  • Individuals sent home by the nurse for exhibiting symptoms (vaccinated/unvaccinated)

The test kits distributed by WJCC Schools are the only at-home tests that will be accepted.