2021-22 Health and Wellness Plan

  • Note: This plan is subject to change.
    Effective September 20, 2021


    Routine Procedures

    4Habits 4Health

    • Home- Parents and VHCS staff are encouraged to check their students or themselves for symptoms of sickness at home before they  attend school/work. Parents are encouraged to keep students home if they are sick or running a fever.
    • Hands- Use best practices to wash or sanitize hands
    • Head- Face masks are optional for staff, students, and visitors.
    • Hygiene- Cover mouth when you cough and nose when you sneeze. Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth.

    Notification of exposure

    • Parents will be notified if their student has a known exposure to a person with a positive COVID-19 diagnosis. Students do not have to stay home unless they are positive, have symptoms, or are otherwise sick. Public health officials are responsible for contact tracing and determining quarantines.
    • COVID-19 is considered a notifiable disease. The school nurse will report known positive COVID-19 virus cases of students/staff to the Alabama Department of Public Health.
    • Students/staff with the COVID-19 virus or exposure to someone with the COVID-19 virus should report it to the school nurse or their physician.


    • Buildings will be cleaned and disinfected on a routine basis using industry standard practices.
    • Soap dispensers are located in bathrooms.
    • Hand sanitizer stations are located throughout the building.
    • Heating, Air Conditioning, and Ventilation (HVAC) systems will promote the safe circulation rate of outside air where applicable. HVAC systems will have routine changing of high efficiency filters (Merv-10 and 11 rated). 
    • Enhanced ventilation measures are installed on HVAC systems where applicable to complement high efficiency filters and minimize harmful particulates in the air.

    Student Attendance and Absences

    • Attendance requirements are defined in the Parent-Student Handbook.

    Employee Attendance and Leave

    Classrooms, Libraries, Gyms, Instructional and Counseling Offices, and Outdoor Play 

    • Routine use of all facilities will be in place.
    • Classroom seating assignments will be kept on record by the teacher.

    Locker Rooms and Lockers

    • Lockers and locker rooms will be available for use by students.
    • Locker assignments will be kept on record by the teacher.

    Field Trips, Assemblies, Clubs and Meetings

    • Activities may resume and routine procedures will be observed. 

    Arrival and Dismissal

    • Schools will announce arrival and dismissal procedures prior to school starting.

    Safety Drills 

    • Drills will take place in compliance with all legal requirements.

    Child Nutrition Program

    • Precautions training is required for all child nutrition employees.
    • Reduced occupancy and seating configurations are in place for cafeterias.
    • Parents are encouraged to use PayPAMS for payments of miscellaneous purchases.

    Extracurricular Activities, Competitions and Concessions

    • All school and after school activities may resume.
    • Routine procedures for cleaning and disinfecting will be in place.

    Visitors, Contract Services, Vendors, and Volunteers

    • Routine check-in procedures are in place for all schools. 
    • Symptom check verification from each visitor/vendor/volunteer/contractor will be required.