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Athletics Vaccination Requirement

Why did ACPS decide to make vaccinations for student athletes mandatory?

Our main goal is to protect instruction and keep our students in school in-person.

Because athletics are considered high-risk activities by the Virginia Department of Education, requiring vaccinations or negative COVID-19 tests provides an extra layer of protection against COVID-19 outbreaks in our schools.

Who made this decision?

The decision to require COVID-19 vaccinations for high school student athletes was an operational decision made by Albemarle County Public Schools based on instructional impacts.

Are other school divisions requiring proof of vaccination for their student athletes?

Several school divisions in Virginia, including Charlottesville City Schools, Loudoun County Public Schools and Fairfax County Public Schools, have already implemented similar requirements. Other school divisions are also creating similar plans.

Do students need to wait until two weeks have passed from their second shot to participate?

Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not consider individuals to be fully inoculated until two weeks after their second dose of the vaccine, any student who has had their second COVID-19 vaccine dose by November 8 will be allowed to participate.

What proof will be needed to show that my student is fully vaccinated?

Parents will need to show a COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card (actual or photo) or CLICK HERE for a printout of your COVID-19 Vaccination Record from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) to your School Nurse. The card or record must reflect that the student has had two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine by November 8.

What if I lost my vaccine card?

It may be possible to retrieve your vaccination record from the Virginia Department of Health website. CLICK HERE for the VDH vaccination search query.

If you are unable to find your vaccination record this way, please contact the Virginia Department of Health for further assistance. Verification must be in the form of COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card (actual or photo).

 

 

What if my child cannot or does not want to receive the vaccine?

Students who are not vaccinated will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test to their School Nurse each Monday by 4 p.m. This test will need to be either a rapid test or PCR test. Over-the-counter testing product results will not be accepted.

If a negative COVID-19 test is not produced by 4 p.m. Monday, the unvaccinated student will not be allowed to participate in practices or games for that week.

Where can I get my child vaccinated?

Please contact your child's primary care physician to schedule a vaccination appointment for your child. Most commercial pharmacies, like Walgreens and CVS, now also carry COVID-19 vaccines.  There are also multiple BRHD vaccination sites available for your convenience. Please CLICK HERE to schedule your appointment.

Can a previous COVID-19 infection be considered an alternative to the vaccine?

No. Emerging evidence suggests that those who have previously been infected with COVID-19 are not as well protected from reinfection as those who have received the COVID-19 vaccination.

Why are fall sports unaffected by this policy?

Vaccinations or testing are not required for fall sports because the season has already begun. Retroactively requiring vaccinations or testing may negatively impact those who are already participating in these activities.

Fall sports student athletes who participate in winter sports must present proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to participating in their respective winter sport or submit to weekly testing.


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