This data will be updated daily, Monday-Friday at 4 p.m. If schools are closed due to holidays or other circumstances, the dashboard will be updated on the next school day. Positive cases are being reported as one cumulative number (daily and total number) per location to protect the possible identity of a staff member or student.
The cumulative positive COVID-19 test number on our dashboard represents HCS staff members and students who test positive for COVID-19 and were present in a school building or an administrative office within 48 hours of presenting COVID-like symptoms.
Our Healthy & Safe Return-to-School Communications Guidance for Positive COVID-19 Cases will be utilized to communicate with families and staff, as appropriate.
Health Metrics and In-Person Learning
Hampton City Schools (HCS) will make decisions on the need to transition from in-person learning to virtual learning based on guidance from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) as well as the level of school impact (e.g., transmission in a school, student absenteeism, staff capacity). Transmission in a school is defined as COVID positive cases among students, faculty, staff, or visitors occurring within the school facility or a school-sponsored event to be classified as a school-associated transmission/outbreak.
Additionally, HCS will continue to utilize Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in K-12 Schools (published by CDC; August 5, 2021) to update our health mitigation strategies as appropriate as well as the Virginia Department of Health COVID-19 Level of Community Transmission to determine the status of community transmission in Hampton within the context of surrounding cities/counties and Virginia. The CDC guidelines and VDH community transmission dashboard will assist HCS in decision-making regarding schools and in-person learning.
KEY MITIGATION STRATEGIES IMPLEMENTED AT SCHOOLS
Below are the CDC key mitigation strategies that schools should adopt to the extent possible, practical and feasible. The ability of the school to implement these six (6) layered prevention strategies will assist the school to decrease the risk of transmission of COVID-19.
• Promoting of COVID Vaccination
• Consistent and correct use of masks
• At least three (3) feet of social distancing to the greatest extent possible
• Hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette
• Cleaning and disinfection
• Contact tracing in collaboration with local health department
Hampton City Schools has developed the HCS 2021-2022 Health Mitigation Strategies as well as specific protocols/expectations for in-person instruction. Our ability to implement these at every school, every day supports a safe, healthy learning environment for all students and staff.