Staying Safe at School
LCPS currently offers students and parents these two options for learning during the coronavirus pandemic:
- the hybrid plan, in which students are divided into two groups, or cohorts. Cohort A attending in-person, in-classroom instruction Monday and Tuesday; Cohort B, on Thursday and Friday. On the days they are not physically at school, these students are remote learners.
- LCPS At Home Fully Remote Plan, in which students are remote learners five days a week.
To reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission, LCPS has instituted the following precautions at school for staff and students on the hybrid plan:
- The number of passengers on school buses is limited to about one-third normal capacity.
- The number of students at schools is limited to no more than 50 percent capacity. The six-foot rule for social distancing is followed in classrooms, in hallways and elsewhere in the building.
- Masks must be worn at all times, including during bus transport. The district furnishes all students with five washable cloth masks.
- Upon arriving at school, students undergo a symptom screening using the CDC Symptoms app installed on their iPads. Staff is screened in the same way. The screening takes just a few seconds to complete, but students are encouraged to answer its four questions before arriving on campus and be prepared to show the results of the screening on arrival.
- School staff will use hand-held thermometers to take the temperature of students before they enter the school building. Students whose temperate registers 100.4 degrees or higher or who did not successfully complete the symptom screening will be placed in a supervised quarantine space until their parent/caretaker can pick them up.
- Breakfast and lunch are delivered to students' classrooms and eaten there.
In the event a case of Covid-19 is identified in a hybrid-plan 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.