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

  • 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 and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Johnston County Public Schools will adhere to the following:

    • Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 must be quarantined 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. Individuals should isolate for at least 4 days since symptoms began and then wear a mask for 5 additional days (including extracurriculars).
  • JC BOE removes stipulations around optional face coverings

    The Johnston County Board of Education voted to move to an optional face covering setting beginning Feb. 21 for all students, staff, and guests without any stipulations. 

    The vote happened during a virtual Special Session Meeting on Monday, Feb. 14. The vote included that students and staff will continue to be required to wear face coverings on all JCPS transportation, as is required by current federal regulations. Students at our school's housed in other locations, such as Johnston Community College, must follow the mask guidance in that setting. 

    At their Feb. 8 Regular Session Meeting, the Johnston County Board of Education voted to transition to optional face coverings for all students, staff, and guests beginning Feb. 21 using a 4% exclusion rate.

    The Board held a Special Session Meeting Monday following the release of the updated Strong Schools NC Toolkit on Feb. 10. 

    The update to the Toolkit allows schools to end contact tracing, and no longer requires students or staff members who were a close contact to a person who tested positive for COVID-19 to quarantine. This change also goes into effect on Feb. 21.

    Individuals who test positive must quarantine for five days and continue to wear a mask for five additional days after their quarantine period ends. Individuals unable or unwilling to wear a face covering for the additional five days will need to remain home. 

    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 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

  • Vaccinations

    Any person over the age of 5 is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. You can visit 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 be 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. 



  • 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".