Coronavirus FAQs March 5, 2020

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Provided by Prince William County Schools (PWCS)

The impacts from the COVID-19 (coronavirus) continue to evolve nationally and internationally. We know you have questions about the plans Prince William County Public Schools has in place to handle situations that may arise due to the virus outbreak.

A detailed list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) is now available on This FAQ will be updated as needed as the situation evolves. The FAQ includes major topics such as student and staff health, facility cleaning, travel, and what will occur in the event a school closing is needed.

Plans Going Forward

Out of an abundance of caution, as of March 2, 2020, all school-sponsored or official business trips planned for students or staff outside the United States are suspended until further notice. As the situation is fluid, it will continue to be assessed and this temporary suspension may be adjusted. Students or staff who have plans with independent travel providers that are not directly school-sponsored should check with those providers for any changes to plans.

Also, at this time, the Division is not pursuing participation in exchange programs to send students abroad. We do not plan to bring in international students for the remainder of this school year or next school year.

As of today, there are no restrictions on official student or staff travel within the United States. However, this may adjust as the situation evolves, and will be monitored closely.

PWCS continues to encourage students and staff to practice healthy behaviors. Those include staying home when students or staff are sick, covering coughs and sneezes, and washing hands often. PWCS works with schools to ensure proper supplies are on hand for school cleaning. We ensure that school custodians are cleaning frequently touched surfaces. If you or your student is sick, please contact your health care provider.

Please visit the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for additional information.


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