The health and safety of our students, staff, and families is our top priority. Johnston County Public Schools is committed to providing factual information and resources regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The information included below summarizes the major action steps that are in place to prevent illnesses in Johnston County Public Schools.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an evolving and changing health concern. As such, our district has developed a response plan which has been reviewed and shared with all schools within the district. The response plan includes the following:
Prevention - Hand washing
Hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is the most effective way to contain the spread of illness and disease, including Coronavirus (COVID-19).
We are asking schools to prioritize hand washing when students arrive at school, anytime they have used the restroom, and prior to eating. These are always good habits, and critical to the containment of the virus. Our school-based staff will be prioritizing hand washing, and custodial staff will keep soap fully stocked in bathrooms and classrooms to support these efforts. We will also provide alcohol-based sanitizer in all areas such as the front office for visitors, technology labs, and other common areas. Hand sanitizer will be offered to students who are transported on our buses as well.
Staff will also reinforce good hygiene and remind students to not touch their face, nose, or mouth, to sneeze into a tissue or elbow, and to reduce physical hand contact.
Find helpful resources and informative videos from the CDC on handwashing here.
School and Common Area Cleaning
Custodial staff have been directed to prioritize and increase frequency of cleaning common and high traffic areas each day. Prioritized cleaning includes bathrooms, the cafeteria, common spaces, door handles, doors, and surfaces. School staff will also be provided with approved cleaners and wipes to assist in cleaning surfaces in classrooms. Our district has after-hours plans to further sanitize schools, and has increased the use of products for use within the school to increase daily sanitizing efforts. School buses will also be frequently sanitized with approved products between routes.
We have shared cleaning guidance with childcare, community partners, and preschools in our buildings. Our expectation is that schools follow the district response plan and the guidance of the Centers for Disease and Prevention Control (CDC) and Johnston County Public Health Department.
During any time of frequent illnesses like the flu or other illnesses, if students or staff have a fever of 100.5 degrees or more, please do not attend school until fever free for 24 hours. Please communicate with your studentś school regarding any absences or prolonged absences.
If you are not currently receiving ConnectEd calls from your child’s school, please reach out to the school’s data manager with your most up to date contact information.
Johnston County Public Schools continues to follow the guidance of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Johnston County Public Health Department in our response to COVID-19.
The North Carolina Division of Public Health has established a call line at 1-866-462-3821 to address general questions about Coronavirus from the public.
Here are a few additional resources about Coronavirus: