Our district is continuing to follow the guidance and recommendations from the Johnston County Public Health Department, the CDC, and the Strong Schools NC Toolkit, and we will now adhere to a 5 day quarantine period for students or staff members who tests positive for COVID-19. This is a change from the previous 10 day quarantine time.
If a student or staff member experiences symptoms of COVID-19 we strongly encourage them to be tested by a medical professional. Those who test positive must quarantine for 5 days. After the 5th day, if the person who has tested positive has been symptom free for at least 24 hours, they may return to the school site.
We understand that our families may have questions about all of the different variables and scenarios associated with these changes. For that reason - we have updated detailed information on our website.
Several things, however, remain unchanged. We continue to require masks on all JCPS campuses and buses. We are continuing our deep cleaning and sanitization practices in all areas.
We also will continue to offer our Test to Stay Program, which allows those who are exposed to a COVID-19 case in the school setting to remain in school and be tested by a school health care professional, once the individual's parent or guardian has given explicit consent.
Public Health officials strongly encourage any individuals who are eligible to receive their COVID-19 vaccine or their booster to do so. The Johnston County Public Health Department offers vaccines Monday-Friday from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, and until 6:00 PM on Tuesdays. No appointment is required, and the vaccine is free of charge to all individuals.