As per Caldwell County Schools:
While in the School Building
Social distancing, keeping space between yourself and other people outside your home, is a key tool to decrease the spread of COVID-19. Students and staff will be required to maintain 6 feet of distance from others. Under Plan B, schools will serve a portion of the school population each day in order to be able to maintain the 6 feet of social distancing.
When in classrooms, students will be spaced 6 feet apart. Floor markings will be used in the hallways to denote appropriate social distancing to assist students in maintaining the 6 feet physical distancing. When possible, hallways will be designated as one-way. There will be no assemblies, field trips, or other activities that do not allow for social distancing. Teachers will limit the sharing of personal items and supplies such as writing utensils. Students’ personal items will be kept separate and in individually labeled cubbies, containers, or lockers. Shared materials will be disinfected between use. When possible, classes or portions of classes will be held outside, still following social distancing guidelines.
Cloth face coverings must be worn when individuals are or may be within 6 feet of another person inside school buildings, on buses or other transportation services, and anywhere on school grounds, including outside. Schools will provide students with a five (5) day supply of face coverings. For additional information regarding face coverings, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services released guidance on June 30, 2020. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has released guidance on wearing and removing cloth face masks and the use of cloth face coverings.
Schools will make frequent announcements reminding students to maintain physical distance and practice good hygiene. In addition, signage will be posted in schools to remind students of hand washing protocol and social distancing. Staff members will teach and reinforce hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and/or the use of hand sanitizer by staff and older students. Schools will adhere to strict cleaning and disinfecting routines between activities and use of common spaces by multiple individuals. Each school will have hand sanitizer at each school entrance and exit, in the cafeteria, and in every classroom for safe use by older students and staff.
Following guidelines as stated in the Public Health Toolkit, each school will have a designated space for symptomatic individuals. If an individual becomes symptomatic while at school, the school administration will immediately isolate the individual in the designated area and send the person home to continue isolating. The symptomatic individual will be required to wear a face covering or surgical mask while waiting to leave the school. The individual will not be allowed to return to school until the person has 1) had a negative COVID-19 test, no fever, and have felt well for 24 hours; 2) received confirmation of an alternative diagnosis from a health care provider to explain the symptoms, no fever, and have felt well for 24 hours; or 3) has been diagnosed or symptomatic and can answer YES to the following questions:
- Has it been at least 10 days since the individual first had symptoms?
- Has it been at least 3 days since the individual had a fever (without the use of fever reducing medication)?
- Has it been at least 3 days since the individual’s symptoms have improved, including coughing and shortness of breath?
If a person with COVID-19 was in the school while infectious, Caldwell County Schools will work with the Caldwell County Health Department to notify staff and families while maintaining confidentiality in accordance with FERPA, North Carolina General Statute, and all other state and federal laws.