Covid-19 Reporting,, Notification & Quarantine Procedures

  • Lenoir County Public Schools feels an obligation to keep our families and employees informed about changes in the public health status of their schools and workplaces. The district will provide parents and community members with as much information as we are allowed to do. At the same time, LCPS also has an obligation, under Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) federal laws, to protect the privacy of students and employees. This dual sense of responsibility guides LCPS’s procedures for reporting instances of Covid-19 on campus.

    What is reported?

    LCPS will report confirmed positive cases of Covid-19 to the Lenoir County Health Department and work with the health department to facilitate follow-up and contact tracing. If a person with Covid-19 was determined to be in an LCPS facility while infectious, LCPS will notify affected employees and families. We refer to these occurrences as school-affected cases.

    A school-affected case is one in which the individual was in a school building or other LCPS facility less than 6 feet from others for at least 15 minutes. An individual is considered to have been in “close contact” if he or she was less than 6 feet from others for at least 15 minutes.

    How are confirmed cases reported?

    Parents of students who were in close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 will receive notification by telephone that their students will need to quarantine for a period of time. Quarantine procedures will be explained to them then.

    Staff members who have come into contact with a person who tests positive for Covid-19 will be notified verbally.

    The names of the people affected and other personally identifiable information will be provided to public health officials in accordance with reporting requirements; however, this information will not be released to the public or the media.  

    Unless a positive Covid-19 case results in a significant disruption of a campus’ ability to safely operate or deliver instruction, only those identified as close contacts will be notified. Any changes to a school’s instructional plan as a result a Covid-19 infection of will be communicated to families with as much notice as the circumstances allow. 

    Public reporting of the number of confirmed positive cases will be provided through a dashboard on the LCPS district website that will be updated each Monday.

    Who's quarantined and for how long?

    Whether a student or staff member has to quarantine and the length of the quarantine depend on several factors, including test results, vaccination status, proximity to a person who has tested positive and whether the individuals were masked or not. Here is some basic guidance:

    • A student or staff member who tests positive regardless of vaccination status must be isolated for 10 days from either the test date or the onset of symptoms.
    • A student or staff member with symptoms consistent with Covid who chooses not to be tested must stay out of school for 10 days from symptom onset.
    • A student or staff member if fully vaccinated does not have to quarantine if exposed to a person who has tested positive.
    • Students wearing masks consistently and properly would not be identified as close contacts if another masked student tests positive.