St. Christopher's School leaders are closely monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19, a rapidly evolving health situation. St. Christopher's is following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Virginia Department of Health. As new information about the outbreak and its potential impact on the school community becomes available, the School will send updates via email and post to this site.
Parents of students in an affected class and affected faculty/staff will receive a notification via email followed by contact by the divisional health staff.
Confidentiality of the diagnosed student or teacher will be maintained according to the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The communication will include clear instruction and explanation of whether quarantine measures have been recommended by the Virginia Department of Health.
Children and faculty who are in close contact with an individual confirmed to be infected by COVID will be required to quarantine for 10 days and share a negative COVID-19 test with the School. Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes. The quarantine will begin at the start of the next school day. (You will not need to come pick up your child mid-day.)
Siblings are not required to observe the quarantine unless the exposed individual develops symptoms and/ or tests positive for COVID.
Distance learning will be provided to ensure continuity of learning during the quarantine.
Students, parents, and faculty/ staff are required to report a confirmed COVID diagnosis or confirmed COVID exposure confidentially to the divisional school nurse or the Director of Health Services immediately upon diagnosis. The health staff will provide guidance throughout recovery and assist with school reentry. If your son is waiting on the results of a COVID test, he should remain at home until the test results are final.
Please review the VDH website for definitions and guidance about exposure, close contact and when to quarantine.
The quarantine period for asymptomatic students and employees is 10 days with confirmation of a negative COVID-19 test. The following School protocols remain in place for students, faculty or staff who must quarantine:
Test 5-7 days after exposure
Monitor and track daily symptoms and provide information to the School nurses
Share lab reports of a negative test with School nurses before returning to campus
As a reminder, if a student or employee has a household member who tests positive for COVID-19, the student or employee may not come to campus and must quarantine. Please continue to report all illness and COVID-19 positive cases and exposures to Courtney Ash, Middle/Upper School Nurse or Dr. Ann Vanichkachorn.
Please contact each School’s nurses immediately to notify them of your family’s situation. Do not send any of your children to school until you have a conversation with school nurses to discuss your family’s unique situation. The health teams will give you guidance on who should quarantine and when each child can safely return to campus.
In order to protect your privacy, we request that you only notify the school nurses and/or the divisional head when your son has a presumed exposure or will be tested for COVID. Our school nurses will guide you through the process for testing, quarantine, and contact tracing based on VDH recommendations.
The student should quarantine at home.
Parents should report their child's absence (not the COVID testing) as you normally do through the divisional attendance office emails or phone numbers.
With any diagnostic test, there is the potential for false negatives or false positives. For existing COVID tests in the U.S., there have been reports of false negative tests in some patients. False negative tests can occur if a specimen was not properly obtained or if a patient was tested too early or too late in their infection. Laboratory error is also a possible cause of false negative test results.
Conversely, false positive reports are less common. The Virginia Department of Health's stance is that once a person receives any positive test result, it is treated as a positive case and cannot be negated by a subsequent negative test result.Simply put, once a positive test result is received, we must proceed with contact tracing, quarantine, and isolation.