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If you need a COVID test: Nurse Schriver reminds C/A that results from a rapid COVID test are unreliable and do not serve as a legitimate result for a child or teacher to return to school. A company called Same Day Testing can do PCR testing (with a guaranteed 14-hour turnaround) for a $75 rush fee with a location in Alexandria. "If you use this service to make an appointment, be sure to click on '16 hour PCR' and not 'Rapid,'” Ms. Schriver said.

If you need a COVID-19 vaccine: The City of Alexandria has moved into open scheduling for Alexandria Health Department (AHD) and their partner provider vaccination events to simplify access to vaccines. Alexandria's residents are now able to directly select their vaccination appointment dates and locations without pre-registering. AHD has attempted to contact all residents and frontline essential workers who previously pre-registered at or through the Virginia Department of Health website

All available appointment scheduling links for community vaccination events are now located at The list of available options includes AHD clinics as well as their vaccinating partner clinics, including organizations such as Glob’All and Red Sea. For support scheduling an appointment, call the Alexandria COVID-19 Hotline at 703.746.4988 on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  

If your family travels outside the DMV: C/A Post-Travel Screening Form -- C/A community members who travel outside the D.C.- Maryland-Virginia area during the 2020-2021 school year are required to complete a Post-Travel Screening Form. Shared details about where, when, and how you traveled are incredibly important as we seek to keep our community safe and healthy.

If your child awakens with symptoms: Please click HERE to review C/A's COVID Sick Policy. The chart details how to respond when your child wakes up with new and unexplained symptoms.

If your child becomes sick at school: If your child shows signs of a runny nose, cough, congestion, fever (100.0 °F or greater), headache, sore throat, belly pain, they will not be allowed to stay in the school building. Being sent home is undoubtedly a big disappointment for children who were excited to be back in the classroom and for parents trying to establish a back-to-school routine. But it’s important to remember that these protocols are in place for a helpful reason. The goal is to keep our schools open for as long as possible. To do this, COVID-19 must be kept out, which can be hard because the symptoms of the coronavirus are similar to the many other seasonal viruses that circulate in a community.

Our school's protocol is to prevent the possibility of COVID-19 entering through our doors and causing those in close contact to quarantine.

If your child gets sent home from school: It would be ideal to follow up with your child’s doctor for evaluation. There are a few treatable infections that can be ruled out, like strep or flu, and your doctor can safely say this is not coronavirus.

Remember, we are working hard to keep everyone safe and keep our school open. In the meantime, if your student gets sent home, please know that you did your part to keep our community safe by keeping your child at home. Keep up the great work you are doing to encourage your child to stay engaged with remote learning options until it is safe to return.

It's Flu Season: Get Vaccinated!  Where and how you get a flu vaccine this fall may need to change due to the COVID-19 pandemic. CDC has provided guidance for providers on how to vaccinate people in a safe environment. Visit to find a flu vaccine location near you.  

What's the Difference Between COVID and the Flu?

COVID-19 and the flu have several differences. COVID-19 and the flu are caused by different viruses. COVID-19 is caused by a new coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2, while influenza is caused by influenza A and B viruses.

Symptoms of COVID-19 and the flu appear at different times and have some differences. With COVID-19, you may experience loss of taste or smell. COVID-19 symptoms generally appear two to 14 days after exposure. Flu symptoms usually appear about one to four days after exposure. COVID-19 appears to be more contagious and to spread more quickly than the flu. (

Remember to rely on health experts in their field for accurate and up to date information on COVID-19.

C/A is an ALX Pledge Partner -- Commonwealth Academy has qualified to display the ALX Promise shield that indicates its commitment to high safety standards and protecting our school community during COVID-19. C/A completed all requirements of the ALX Promise Program in August 2020 so that the proper safety measures were in place when learning resumed on campus in a hybrid instructional model on October 19, 2020. 

COVID-19 Information Resources

*Please continue to check the Centers for Disease Control and Local County Health Department Websites for the most accurate and up-to-date information *

  • C/A's Nurse Schriver has recorded a video to explain the safe way to put on, remove, and store your face mask. Click HERE to view.
  • COVID-19 Testing is available in Fairfax and surrounding jurisdictions. Click HERE for details. 
  • Please visit our C/A's COVAD-19 Page for communications from C/A and helpful resources.
  • Talking to Children about COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource from the National Association of School Nurses and National Association of School Psychologists. Click HERE.
  • City of Alexandria's Novel Coronavirus 2019 Info. Click HERE.
  • If you're planning a trip abroad, check the U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories for your intended destination. Click HERE.
  • 5 Tips for Parents on Practicing Wellness. Our school nurse has compiled tips for parents to use in upholding the health of family members during the pandemic.

Communing with Nature Has Numerous Benefits!

In 2018 Shetland, Scotland was the first city authorized to prescribe nature to their patients. The evidence for the benefits of nature on mental and physical health are numerous. If you spend 90 minutes of your day outside in a wooded area, there will be a decrease of activity in the part of your brain typically associated with depression. So put on your walking shoes and continue to get outside at least once a day!  It's just what the doctor ordered.

Underage Drinking Prevention Education

  • Resources for Parents & Other Caring Adults. Click HERE.


Postgame Snacks Can Have More Calories Than Kids Burn Playing Sports. Recent research out of Brigham Young University has found that today’s postgame snacks are actually higher in calories than what kids usually burn during game time. To read more click HERE.