Individuals who present symptoms at school will be sent home, with directions from public health officials. If a student is unable to leave the school immediately, they will be monitored away from other individuals in a privacy space until they are able to be picked up. Each school will have a privacy area, and both the student and the adult providing supervision in the privacy space must wear face coverings.
When there is a positive COVID-19 case in a school, HCPS will update the COVID-19 District Dashboard with school-affected positives each business day, and weekly quarantine numbers will be posted each Monday morning.
Per the Feb. 10 updates to the NCDHHS StrongSchools NC Public Health Toolkit, individual contact tracing and exclusion from school for asymptomatic individuals will no longer be required. Although exclusion from school will no longer be required after exposure, it is recommended that schools notify potentially exposed students or staff when a COVID-19 case is identified in a school setting. Therefore, the district’s alert call notifications for school-affected cases will resume on Feb. 15, 2022. In an effort to streamline critical communications and school community announcements, these case notification calls will now be sent to families each Friday afternoon on a weekly basis instead of daily. Districtwide notifications for COVID-19 clusters will continue as required by law.
The Henderson County Department of Public Health is responsible for conducting contact tracing. Both the health department and HCPS will provide as transparent reporting as possible while still protecting confidentiality.
The health department will contact parents/guardians directly if their child is identified as having had close contact with a positive COVID case. The school district will not provide personally identifiable information of an infected person.
Families can reference this document, updated Oct. 22, 2021, for more details on “What to Expect When There is a COVID-19 Case in a School.” (English) (Spanish)