H1N1 Preparation and Prevention

    While our students’ health and safety is a primary concern of the Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Arlington, this year, there are particular concerns about the H1N1 Virus (commonly known as "swine flu"). Please read below to find out about the Diocese of Arlington’s approach to ensuring the health and safety of our students.
    What We are Doing:

    • All schools will continue to encourage good hygienic practices, including the disinfecting and regular cleaning of common areas.
    • Teachers and staff have been informed of procedures that minimize the spread of germs.
    • School nurses and/or clinic aids are equipped to care for students who exhibit flu like symptoms at school.
    • Principals and the Superintendent are in contact with public officials, including County Health Departments, regarding best practices to reduce the spread of the virus.
    • The Superintendent will work with the Health Department regarding the distribution of vaccines, should one become available.
    • In the event of multiple absences or closings, principals are preparing for learning to continue via online assignments and other resources.
    • If vaccinations take place in our schools, parental consent will be required.
    What Families Can Do:
    • If your child is experiencing influenza-like symptoms (fever with a cough or sore throat) please contact your doctor. Please do not send your child to school.
    • If your child has these symptoms please keep him or her out of school until at least 24 hours after they are free of fever (100° F [37.8° C] or greater), or signs of a fever, without the use of fever-reducing medications.
    • Please keep the principal informed of your child’s health, so that the necessary communications can be made to the school community.
    • If your child has symptoms of the H1N1 virus, he or she should not be out in the community except to seek medical care.
    • Please remind your child of the importance of covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing.

    Click HERE to read an article in the Catholic Herald about School Preparation for H1N1

    If you have further questions about swine flu please call the Virginia Department of Health's toll free number at: (877) 275-8343.  Calls will be answered during Virginia State business hours.

    Please be aware that if you have any symptoms of the flu or a severe cold, you are not obliged to attend Mass. Missing Mass if you are ill and unable to attend is never a sin. If you do remain at home, do not forget the televised Mass is available at 10:30 on Sundays on the WDCW. For more information about the Mass, please visit this link.