Sports Vaccine Requirement

Beginning November 8, Fredericksburg City Public Schools students will need to show proof of full vaccination in order to participate in athletics, out-of-season practices, and workouts.  This requirement involves Virginia High School League winter and spring sports.  It does not impact fall student-athletes.

Deputy Superintendent Matt Eberhardt made the announcement at the School Board meeting on September 13.

Student-athletes can request an exemption for medical or religious reasons.  These students must submit negative test results on a weekly basis. Also, unvaccinated students will be required to submit a negative test before returning to play after exposure to a positive COVID-19 case.

Students who refuse will not be allowed to participate in sports.

“The Department of Education classifies athletics as a high-risk activity,” Eberhardt said.  “The largest numbers of quarantines have come from exposure to a positive COVID-19 case involved with sports.  Also, the largest numbers of linked positive cases have originated with athletics.  These quarantines disrupt student in-person learning and impact other students when additional positive cases arise.”

Currently, 50.3% of all Fredericksburg 16-17 year-olds are fully vaccinated compared to 35.7% of 12-15 year-olds.  The percentages of students who have received at least one dose are 58.1% and 47.7%, respectively. 

FCPS held two in-school vaccination clinics on September 9 and 10 for students and is working with the local health department to schedule one more in the coming weeks. 

The school district is also working to establish in-school COVID-19 testing for interested persons using the Virginia School Screening Testing for Assurance (ViSSTA) program.  This COVID-19 testing is intended for school students, staff, and teachers and will be voluntary; only individuals who consent will be tested.