COVID-19 Updates: Back-to-School Protocols in Johnston County Public Schools

  • As we enter the year 2022, the safety and well being of our students and staff remains our top priority. We have recently announced the following COVID-19 safety protocols: 

  • Updated Quarantine Guidance

    Following the recommendations from the Johnston County Public Health Department, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit, Johnston County Public Schools will adhere to the following:

    • Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 must quarantine for 5 days.
    • Staff and students who test positive (unless they have tested positive in the last 90 days), regardless of vaccination status, and
      • Do not have symptoms - should isolate from others for 5 days, then wear a mask for 5 additional days (including extracurriculars)
      • Have symptoms - should isolate from others until fever-free and symptoms are improving. Inviduals should isolate for at least 4 days since symptoms began and then wear a maks for 5 additional days (including extracurriculars).
    • Staff and students who are exposed (Close Contact) to someone with COVID-19, and
      • The Staff or Student was positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days, and are currently symptom free, they do not need to quarantine.
      • Not vaccinated – stay away from others (do not attend school) for 5 days. Testing is strongly recommended on day 5 after exposure, and if they test negative, the person may return to school while wearing a mask for 5 additional days. If the person chooses not to test on day 5, and has been symptom free for 24 hours, they may return to school but must wear a mask for 5 additional days. Symptomatic individuals should remain home until they are symptom free for 24 hours. Those who choose to test and are symptom free may return on day 6 with or without test results.
      • Vaccinated and eligible for a booster, but not yet been boosted – stay away from others for 5 days. Testing is strongly recommended on day 5 after exposure, and if they test negative, the person may return to school while wearing a mask for 5 additional days. If the person chooses not to test on day 5, and has been symptom free for 24 hours, they may return to school but must wear a mask for 5 additional days. Symptomatic individuals should remain home until they are symptom free for 24 hours. Those who choose to test and are symptom free may return on day 6 with or without test results.
      • Vaccinated, and have either received a booster or are not yet eligible for a booster – individuals do not need to stay away from others, but should wear a mask for 10 days.
      • The person who is positive with COVID-19 is in the household, the length of quarantine is 5 days after the conclusion of the positive housemate’s quarantine (typically 10 days).

    JCPS Participating in Test to Stay Program

    Johnston County Public Schools is participating in the Test to Stay Program, a voluntary study with Duke University and the ABC Collaborative. Due to that participation our students now have more options if they are deemed a close contact to a positive COVID-19 case while at school.

    If your student becomes a close contact to a positive COVID-19 case while at school, you will be contacted directly by an administrator from your child’s school. They will share with you important next steps for your student. If you give your student explicit consent to be a part of the Test to Stay Program through the Duke Consent form, your student will be allowed to stay in school and will not have to quarantine for the otherwise required 5 days per the Johnston County Public Health Department. Read full details here.

  • Universal Face Covering Requirement for Students, Staff, and Guests

    Following the recommendations from the Johnston County Public Health Department, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit, the Johnston County Board of Education voted to require all students, staff, and guests to wear face coverings inside all JCPS facilities.

    The face covering requirement is for everyone, regardless of vaccination status and applies to all schools and district facilities. Face coverings are also required on all public school transportation. Students and staff will be able to take their face coverings off while they are eating and drinking or are outdoors. 


    Face coverings are required for all students in grades PreK-12.
    Face coverings should: 

    • Have two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric
    • Allow you to breathe easily
    • Be secured safely over nose, mouth, and under your chin and completely cover your nose and mouth
    • Be changed if it becomes soiled or wet 
    • Be washed as needed


    JCPS Launches Revised COVID-19 Dashboard

    Johnston County Public Schools has launched a revised COVID-19 dashboard to provide up-to-date information on positive COVID-19 cases and quarantines in our school system. The dashboard is updated in real time as new cases are confirmed and added to our system. To access the JCPS dashboard please visit www.johnston.k12.nc.us/dashboard21.

  • Vaccinations

    Any person over the age of 5 is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. You can visit YourSpotYourShot.nc.gov for more information and to find a free vaccination site in your area. Please note that the Johnston County Public Health Department puts on a multitude of vaccination clinics in our county and is a helpful resource for those looking to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. 

     

    Stay Home When You Are Sick

    Any individual should not enter a JCPS facility if they are feeling sick. Please check yourself or your students for symptoms before reporting to school or boarding a bus. You should not enter a JCPS facility if you are: 

    • Instructed to quarantine by the Johnston County Public Health Department or any other medical official
    • Sick or experiencing any of these symptoms of illness:
      • 100.4° fever or higher
      • Sore throat
      • New cough
      • New shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
      • New loss of taste or smell
      • Diarrhea or vomiting
      • Runny Nose
      • New severe headache 

    Cleaning and Safety Protocols

    All JCPS facilities will are cleaned and sanitized daily. This includes wiping down high touch areas. Hand sanitizer is available in all classrooms. Frequent hand washing is encouraged for all students, staff, and guests. 

     

Feedback?

  • Johnston County Public Schools values your feedback. If you have feedback in regards to our COVID-19 Safe Return to School Plan, please utilize the JCPS Tip Line and select category "COVID-19".