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This page outlines our plans and procedures for conducting school during the COVID-19 pandemic. As new information becomes available, this page will be updated.

Handling Possible, Suspected, Presumptive, or Confirmed Positive Cases of COVID-19

Symptoms: Students, teachers, and staff who have symptoms of COVID-19, should stay home and be referred to their healthcare provider for testing and care. Staying home when sick is essential to keep infections out of schools and prevent spread to others.

Occurrence of any of the symptoms below while a student, teacher, or staff member is at school suggests the person may be referred for diagnostic COVID-19 testing or evaluation:

  • Fever (temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher)
  • Sore throat
  • Cough (for people with chronic cough due to allergies or asthma, a change in their cough from baseline)
  • Difficulty breathing (for people with asthma, a change from their baseline breathing)
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Diarrhea or vomiting
  • New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever

Diagnosed: People presumed to have or are diagnosed with COVID-19 must stay home until they meet the criteria for return to school. Staying home when sick with COVID-19 is essential to keeping COVID-19 infections out of schools and preventing spread to others.

Exposed: It is also essential for people who are not fully vaccinated to quarantine after a recent close contact to someone with COVID-19.

NOTE: As of 7/9/21, CDC added an exception to the need to quarantine in the close contact definition, excluding students who were within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student (laboratory-confirmed or clinically compatible illness) where:

  • both students were engaged in consistent and correct use of well-fitting face masks; and
  • other K–12 school prevention strategies (such as universal and correct mask use, physical distancing, increased ventilation) were in place in the K–12 school setting.
  • This exception does not apply to teachers, staff, or other adults in the indoor classroom setting.


StrongSchoolsNC Publich Health Toolkit (K-12)

Last updated July 21, 2021.

As a school we follow the most current guidelines of the Durham County Health Department, NCDHHS, and CDC. The toolkit below informs our school's policy and procedures related to the pandemic.

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Find up-to-date articles, studies, news and more about COVID-19 vaccines at the UNC Health COVID-19 Vaccine Hub.



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