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Superintendent's Weekly Update

January 10, 2022 -- Hello Vestavia Hills City Schools families,

January 9 is recognized as National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. Vestavia Hills City Schools is fortunate to have 12 school resource officers on our campuses. They are an invaluable part of our mission to provide every student the opportunity to learn without limits. I know you join me in expressing much appreciation to them for their commitment.

I want to continue to emphasize the importance of considering the COVID-19 vaccine for your student in consultation with your family healthcare provider. The VHCS Health and Wellness Plan is available online and includes information about the 4Habits 4Health, ventilation,  and cleaning and disinfecting procedures.

Please remember to check your students for the symptoms of COVID-19 and any other illness every day, before arriving at school, and keep them home whenever they are sick. We ask that you continue to let us know if your child tests positive by completing our Positive Reporting Form.

Please remember the guidelines outlined below and call your school nurse with any questions:

IF YOU TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19:

  • Stay home for 5 days, regardless of your vaccination status.
  • If you have no symptoms, or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you may return to school.
  • Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
  • If you have a fever, continue to stay at home until your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medication.

IF YOU WERE EXPOSED TO SOMEONE WITH COVID-19 OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL:

  • Stay home for 5 days unless you are fully vaccinated (at least 2 doses of vaccine) and have no symptoms or have had COVID in the last 90 days.
  • If unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated, count 5 full days before returning  to school. Plan to mask for the last 5 days of time. If symptoms start, then test.
  • If you become symptomatic while at school, go home and get tested for COVID-19.

Parents will continue to receive a notification letter if their student has a potential exposure to someone at school who has a known positive COVID-19 diagnosis. Students who receive a letter for a potential exposure may remain in school as long as they do not have COVID symptoms or test positive. Absences for exposure or other COVID-related reasons are excused.

We will update you of any changes to our plan.

Todd Freeman, Ed.D.
Superintendent
Vestavia Hills City Schools