Currently, face masks are optional for students and for staff.
The Board of Education approved the Face Coverings policy (Policy 4231/5021/7263) on November 8, 2021, and it defines parameters that determine whether face masks are required or optional. Face masks will be required whenever the COVID positivity rate for students and staff exceeds 0.5 percent within a three-week rolling average. The status of face masks will be announced on Fridays for the following week.
Face Coverings on buses and other school transportation are required per federal mandate.
No charge for school meals in 2021-22!
Meals will be free to all students again this year. However, families may be entitled to benefits offered through other organizations such as the P-EBT. Apply today and don't miss out on any beneficial resources for your children. All parents are encouraged to complete the ONLINE Free and Reduced Application if their financial circumstances change at any time during the school year. Go to the Lunch Application.
Public Health Data
The school district continues to work closely with the Caldwell County Health Department and Caldwell UNC Health Care to ascertain the most current health trends. Procedures and protocols outlined by state health officials provide guidance in managing the welfare of children while at school. We are dedicated to a healthy return for all students and staff when the new school year begins.
- Summary of COVID-19 in Caldwell County
- COVID-19 tracing tool - SlowCOVIDNC alerts users with the app if they have been in close contact with an individual who later tested positive for COVID-19.
- It is voluntary to download and use and is designed to enhance the state's existing contact tracing efforts.
2021-2022 School Year
As we progress through the first semester of this school year, we will continue to address the safety of the learning environment. Currently, schools are operating based on guidance found in the state publication entitled StrongSchools NC Public Health Toolkit (K-12) and input from local health officials. The Board of Education recently approved a face coverings policy (policy 4231/5021/7263) that determines the current face covering status either required or optional. If at any time a student is experiencing symptoms of illness, parents will be notified immediately to pick up their child from school to ensure the school environment is as healthy as possible. Modifications to the current health and safety protocols will occur if health conditions in our community or classroom environment dramatically change.
Any updates on existing protocols and procedures (mask-wearing, social distancing, case reporting, quarantine guidelines, etc.) will be shared with parents and students immediately. Every Friday an announcement will be sent to parents regarding the face covering status for the following week. The information posted on the website (CCS Face Masking Status) will also be updated weekly on Fridays. Thank you for your patience and your cooperation as we continue to provide a safe and secure environment at school for all students, faculty, and staff.
For students attending school on campus, all safety protocols will be strictly observed.
Visitors and volunteer involvement will continue to be limited. All volunteers must be pre-approved and registered on Volunteer Tracker at caldwellschools.com.
For more guidance on participation this school year, go to the NC Public Health Toolkit (grades K-12)
We have some important reminders to share regarding the 2021-22 school year:
First, we continue the school year with in-person learning, 5 days a week; however, there are some students in grades K-12 who are participating in Caldwell Online, the virtual learning option, which involved an application process during a designated timeframe.
Face masks are required or optional per school board policy for students and staff in grades K-12 as well as any visitors inside the school facilities or buildings. Face Coverings on buses and other school transportation are required as this is a federal mandate. Bus routes will run on a more normal schedule this school year.
We will continue to coordinate with the Caldwell County Health Department and follow the guidance of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services for contact tracing and case investigation. This process will look different this year. Specifically, if there is a COVID-19 positive case identified in a student, if both the infectious student and their close student contacts were wearing their masks correctly throughout the day, the close student contact may not have to quarantine (this will be determined on a case-by-case basis). Additionally, a student or staff who volunteers to provide their COVID-19 vaccination status when named a close contact may not have to quarantine. If any student exhibits symptoms of COVID while at school, the student will be isolated and provided a mask to wear until picked up by a parent/guardian.
Other safety measures:
• Classrooms and high-touch areas will be cleaned and disinfected regularly.
• Physical distancing, as feasibly possible, will be instituted throughout our buildings. Specifically, in common areas such as the cafeteria, there will be staggered seating where possible. Other areas in the building and outside will also be utilized for meals. Also, a reminder that breakfast and lunch will be FREE for all students for this upcoming school year. All parents are encouraged to complete the ONLINE Free and Reduced Application at caldwellschools.com.
• Students and staff will continue to practice healthy handwashing and hand-sanitizing habits.
•Parents are asked to monitor their children for symptoms of COVID-19 and if they are not well, they should stay home from school.Together, we will have a successful and healthy education experience!