WE ARE DEPENDING ON YOU!
It is important that we all do our part so we are able to return to school safely. This includes staying home if you are experiencing any symptoms or are feeling sick.
It is also imperative that we follow the 3 W's:
PLEASE do your part, everyone is counting on you!
The Craven County Schools Nurse Team is here to serve you because your safety and health is their number one priority!
Student & Staff Health & Safety
SOCIAL DISTANCING AND MINIMIZING EXPOSURE is a key tool to decrease the spread of COVID-19. Social distancing (“physical distancing”) means keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home
- Each school will provide social distancing markings throughout the school building. This 6 feet of spacing will remind students and staff to always stay 6 feet apart in lines and at other times when they may congregate.
- Nonessential visitors to all schools will be limited.
- Traffic flow in hallways will be designated as one way.
- Breakfast & Lunch will be eaten in the classrooms.
- Students will stay with their class during recess. (Elementary)
- Due to the need to limit large gatherings field trips, assemblies, and performances will not take place at this time.
- Desks will be arranged in the classroom with 6 feet of distance between each one.
- Alternating sinks & stalls in the restrooms will be blocked off to help maintain distance.
- Front offices will have plexiglass installed for protection.
CLOTH FACE COVERINGS
There is growing evidence that wearing face coverings help reduce the spread of COVID-19, especially for those who are sick but may not know it. Cloth face coverings are not surgical masks, respirators (“N-95s”), or other medical personal protective equipment (PPE). Individuals should be reminded frequently not to touch the face covering and to wash their hands.
Cloth face coverings should not be placed on:
- Anyone who has trouble breathing or is unconscious.
- Anyone who is incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the face covering without assistance.
- Anyone who cannot tolerate a cloth face-covering due to developmental, medical or behavioral health needs.
Ensure that all students from Kindergarten through 12th grade and all teachers, staff, and adult visitors wear face coverings when they are or may be within 6 feet of another person, unless the person (or family member, for a student) states that an exception applies, is eating, or is engaged in strenuous physical activity and able to maintain 6 feet distance from other people. Cloth face coverings must be worn by all students from Kindergarten through 12th grade and all teachers, staff and adult visitors on buses or other school transportation vehicles, inside school buildings, and anywhere on school grounds, including outside.
Up to 5 disposable masks will be provided for any student and/or staff in need.
CLEANING AND HYGIENE
Washing hands with soap for 20 seconds or using hand sanitizer reduces the spread of disease.
- Provide hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol) at every building entrance and exit, in the cafeteria and in every classroom for safe use by staff and older students.
- Teach and reinforce handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and/or the safe use of hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol by staff and older children.
- Incorporate frequent handwashing and sanitation breaks into classroom activity.
- Allow time between activities for proper cleaning and disinfection of high-touch surfaces.
- Establish a schedule for and perform ongoing and routine environmental cleaning and disinfection of high-touch areas (e.g., door handles, stair rails, faucet handles, toilet handles, playground equipment, drinking fountains, light switches, desks, tables, chairs, kitchen countertops, cafeteria and service tables, carts, and trays) with an EPA approved disinfectant for SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19), and increasing frequency of disinfection during high-density times and disinfect all shared objects (e.g., gym or physical education equipment, art supplies, toys, games) between use.
- Ensure safe and correct use and storage of cleaning and disinfection products, including securely storing and using products away from children, and allowing for adequate ventilation when staff use such products.
- Limit sharing of personal items and supplies such as writing utensils.
- Keep students’ personal items separate and in individually labeled cubbies, containers or lockers.
- Limit use of classroom materials to small groups and disinfect between uses or provide adequate supplies to assign for individual student use.
MONITORING FOR SYMPTOMS
Conducting regular screenings for symptoms can help reduce exposure. Staff and students will be encouraged to self-monitor for symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath. If a student develops symptoms, while at school, he/she must notify an adult immediately. More information on how to monitor for symptoms is available from the CDC.
Enforce that staff and students stay home if:
- They have tested positive for or are showing COVID-19 symptoms, until they meet criteria for return.
- They have recently had close contact with a person with COVID-19, until they meet criteria for return.
- Conduct symptom screening of any person entering the building, including students, staff, family members, and other visitors. Screening may be provided at the school entrance, during arrival at school, or upon boarding school transportation.
As a required component of symptom screening, conduct daily temperature screenings for all people entering the school facility or boarding school transportation
- Fever is determined by a measured temperature of 100.0 °F or greater.
- Individuals waiting to be screened must stand six feet apart from each other.
- The staff person taking temperatures must wear a cloth face covering, and must stay six feet apart unless taking temperature.
- Use a touchless thermometer if available. Craven County Schools has purchased infrared thermometers for all teachers.
HANDLING SUSPECTED, PRESUMPTIVE, OR CONFIRMED POSITIVE CASES OF COVID-19
- Post signage at the main entrance requesting that people who have been symptomatic with fever and/or cough not enter.
- Educate staff, students, and their families about the signs and symptoms of COVID-19, when they should stay home and when they can return to school.
- Establish a dedicated space for symptomatic individuals that will not be used for other purposes.
- Immediately isolate symptomatic individuals to the designated area at the school, and send them home to isolate.
- Ensure symptomatic student remains under visual supervision of a staff member who is at least 6 feet away
- Implement cleaning and disinfecting procedures following CDC guidelines.
- Adhere to the following process for allowing a student or staff member to return to school.
- If a person has had a negative COVID-19 test, they can return to school once there is no fever without the use of fever-reducing medicines and they have felt well for 24 hours.
- If a person is diagnosed with COVID-19 by a medical professional based on a test or their symptoms or does not get a COVID-19 test but has had symptoms, they should not be at school and should stay at home until they (or a family member if younger child) can answer YES to the following three questions:
- Has it been at least 10 days since the child first had symptoms?
- Has it been at least 72 hours since the child had a fever (without using fever-reducing medicine)?
- Has it been at least 72 hours since the child's symptoms have improved, including cough and shortness of breath?
- A person can continue to return to school, following normal school policies, if they receive confirmation of an alternative diagnosis from a health care provider that would explain the COVID-19-like symptom(s), once there is no fever without the use of fever-reducing medicines and they have felt well for 24 hours.
- Notify local health authorities of confirmed COVID-19 cases among children and staff (as required by NCGS § 130A-136.)
- Ensure that if a person with COVID-19 was in the school setting while infectious, school administrators coordinate with local health officials to notify staff and families immediately while maintaining confidentiality in accordance with FERPA, NCGS 130A-143, and all other state and federal laws.
- If a student/employee has been diagnosed with COVID-19 but does not have symptoms, they must remain out of school until 10 days have passed since the date of their first positive COVID-19 diagnostic test, assuming they have not subsequently developed symptoms since their positive test.
- If a student/employee who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or has been presumed positive by a medical professional due to symptoms, they are not required to have documentation of a negative test in order to return to school.
- If a student/employee has been determined to have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, they must remain out of school for 14 days since the last date of exposure unless they test positive. In which case, exclusion criteria above would apply. They must complete the full 14 days of quarantine, even if they test negative.
- Provide remote learning options for students unable to be at school due to illness or exposure.