Posted on behalf of Dr. Cecil Snead, Superintendent.

October 23, 2020

Dear Prospect Heights Middle and Orange County High School Families and Staff:

We have been informed that a student in each school (PHMS & OCHS) has tested positive for COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019).  We are sending this letter to keep all members of our school community informed and to remind everyone to continue to take precautions and monitor for symptoms.

We understand this may cause some uneasiness, the overall risk of exposure to the majority of students and staff in our school is low.  Students or staff members who are considered close contacts have been notified separately, as they may be at a higher risk.  We have been in close contact with the Rappahannock Rapidan Health District to identify the steps that need to be taken to keep our students, staff and families safe and healthy.

School will remain open and in-person as scheduled, and we urge all families to take the following steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Monitor closely for signs of illness. If you or your child are sick or showing any symptoms, please stay home.  School policies are flexible to accommodate students who need to stay home due to illness.  Please be sure to notify the school if your child will be out sick for the day.
  • Practice physical distancing by maintaining at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and people outside of your household.
  • Wear a cloth face mask over the mouth and nose to prevent the spread of respiratory droplets.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This is especially important after you have been in a public place or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.  If handwashing is not available, use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with your arm.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.

Please contact the Rappahannock Rapidan Health District at 540-316-6302 if you have questions or need additional information.  You can also find pertinent details on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html or the Virginia Department of Health’s website at http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/.