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Covid Updates 2023-2024

2023-2024 COVID Updates

  • Schools are recommended to follow CDC guidelines and their local health director. Craven County Schools will operate under the following guidelines.

    Management of Student Illness
    ● Students who are sick should be managed per pre-Covid-19 illness protocols and may return to school when they are well.

    ● Students must be fever free for at least 24 hours (without fever-reducing medication).

    ● The student should have no vomiting or diarrhea for at least 12 hours from the last episode.

    ● Students should feel well enough to fully participate in school activities.

    ● Students are no longer required to be "cleared" to return to school ~ no Covid test or MD clearance is required to return following illness.

    ● Students who become sick while at school should be directed home by their school nurse/staff member.

    Students and staff who test Covid Positive
    ● Students/staff who have a positive Covid test result should isolate from others for 5 days following the start of symptoms, then should wear a mask for 5 additional days to return to school/work.

    ● Individuals should continue to isolate themselves from others until fever-free and symptoms have significantly improved.

    ● No Covid re-testing is required for return to school/work for positive individuals.

    Students and staff who are exposed to someone with Covid
    ● Students/staff identified as exposed to a Covid positive individual (regardless of where exposure occurs - home, school, community, etc.) may continue to attend school/work.

    ● Contact tracing and notification of an exposure is not required.

    ● It is recommended that students/staff who have direct exposure and develop symptoms of Covid be tested.

    ● It is recommended that students/staff who have direct exposure and are without symptoms of Covid test no earlier than day 5 after the exposure.

    For more information, please reference below:

    Center for Disease Control

Symptoms of Covid-19

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea