Stage 1 Indicators

With reports of increasing COVID-19 infections across our state and the country, the school division wants to share the factors that will help ACPS determine whether it is safe to continue with face-to-face instruction.

CDC Core Indicators

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published Indicators for Dynamic School Decision-Making to help communities better understand the risk of introduction and transmission of COVID-19 in schools. The guidance includes three core indicators of disease transmission:

  • Number of new cases per 100,000 persons within the last 14 days;
  • Percentage of RT-PCR tests (molecular diagnostic tests) that are positive during the last 14 days; and
  • Ability of the school to implement five key mitigation strategies (masks, social distancing, hand hygiene/respiratory etiquette, cleaning/disinfection, and contact tracing in collaboration with the local health department).

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) tracks these metrics daily and makes them accessible to the public on their School Metrics web page. You can view the COVID-19 pandemic metrics for ACPS by selecting Albemarle in the “Select Locality” drop-down menu.

Stage 1 Frequently Asked Questions

Video: Factors That Would Prompt a Move to Stage 1

Slideshow: Indicators for a Return to Stage 1

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