COVID-19 Response Protocol FAQ

Through the DCPS COVID-19 Response Protocol, every staff member will be trained to confidentially report potential exposure in a school building. If there are any confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported to DCPS by a student, family, or staff member — DCPS will follow DC Health’s COVID reporting criteria — for contact tracing purposes.

Please use this list of frequently asked questions to help you better understand what happens when there is a positive reported case of COVID-19 at school.

Notices of reported positive cases will be shared with a school community if a person has been in the building during their infectious period. Note that DCPS will always maintain confidentiality of positive persons.

View sample messages alerting a school community of a reported positive case and close contact instructions for students and staff.

COVID-19 Response Town Halls

On September 29, DCPS help a tele-town hall to share what happens when someone tests positive for COVID-19 while in our school buildings.
On October 6, DCPS held a tele-town hall to share how asymptomatic and symptomatic testing is available for students at school.

The next tele-town hall is on Wednesday, October 20 at 5:00 p.m.


You can RSVP here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Page updated: October 8, 2021