Staying Safe at School
LCPS welcomes all students back for full-day, five-day-a-week, in-person instruction. As always, the health and safety of our students and teachers are of paramount importance to administrators, and certain necessary precautions are in place to protect against Covid-19.
As of February 22, LCPS is operating under an optional face mask policy at our schools and work sites and on buses. The policy extends to sports events and other extracurricular activities. Under CDC guidance announced February 25, face coverings are no longer required on school buses and activity buses.
The optional face mask policy is a change from the mandatory face mask policy put in place in January.
The district offers the highly accurate PCR test for Covid, available to all students and staff on regular schedules at Kinston, North Lenoir and South Lenoir high schools. Testing will be limited to students and staff who are symptomatic or are identified as a close contact of someone with a confirmed case of Covid-19. No one will be tested without consent. The test requires taking a sample with a short nasal swab. During the 24-houre waiting period between test and test results, people with symptoms are not allowed to come to school. A negative PCR test for a symptomatic student will allow the student to return to school as long as symptoms have improved, the student has been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications and has had no nausea/vomiting/diarrhea for 24 hours.
In the event a case of Covid-19 is identified in a student or staff member, LCPS will follow the recommendations of county and state public health professionals and rely on Mako Medical, a state-approved vendor, for notification. LCPS is committed to maintaining the confidentiality of any person who contracts Covid-19, in accordance with federal HIPAA regulations, but is also committed to keeping parents/caretakers informed of any change in the public health status of a school.
Among changes this year in the school district's response to Covid-19 are these:
- School buses are allowed to operate at normal capacity.
- Daily symptom screenings and temperature checks will no longer be conducted at schools and work sites.
- Cafeteria serving lines will be open.
Because the transmission rate, number of cases and other earmarks of coronavirus are in flux in Lenoir County as elsewhere, LCPS will monitor public health metrics provided by the Lenoir County Health Department and, at the direction of the Lenoir County Board of Education, adjust instructional plans accordingly. LCPS will make every effort to inform our families of any impending changes in a timely manner.
Public reporting of the number of confirmed positive cases is provided through a dashboard updated each Monday.
Information on the recommended response of public school districts to Covid-19 is at the CDC's Operational Guidance for K12 Schools.