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. They include the requirement that students and adults on campus and at LCPS work sites, including visitors and vendors, wear face coverings while indoors. The mask mandate extends to school buses for students and adults. The district will continue to offer school-based rapid testing for Covid-19 for teachers and administrators and for students with written permission from a parent or guardian.
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.
In the event a case of Covid-19 is identified in a student or staff member, LCPS will follow the recommendations of the Lenoir County Health Department and rely on the Health Department for contact tracing and 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.
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 Strong Schools NC Public Health Toolkit.