Face Coverings Optional - Effective February 17

Effective February 17, 2022 - Face Coverings Optional
Posted on 02/17/2022
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The Board of Education voted Wednesday, February 16, 2022, to make face coverings optional for all students, staff, and school visitors in all school settings effective Thursday, February 17, 2022.

Face coverings are still required while traveling on buses and all other group transportation settings, per Federal Transportation and CDC Orders.

Updated information regarding quarantine and isolation protocols: 

Individual contact tracing and exclusion from school after an identified exposure (regardless if the exposure occurs at school, home, or community setting) is no longer recommended statewide in PreK-12 schools, effective February 21, 2022.  This is not dependent on mask-wearing or vaccination status.

Staff and students who have symptoms should get tested and isolate from others while waiting for a result. 
If testing is not possible, follow the guidance below as if the person is positive. 
If testing is possible, and staff/students receive a negative test for COVID-19 he/she may return to school when they feel better and are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.
If an alternate diagnosis that would explain the symptoms of COVID-19 is received from a health care provider he/she may return to school when they feel better and are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.

Isolation: Staff and students who test positive and
Do not have symptoms – should isolate from others for 5 days, then wear a mask for 5 additional days. 
Have symptoms – should isolate from others until fever-free for 24 hours (without fever-reducing medication) and symptoms are improving. Individuals should isolate for at least 5 days since symptoms began and then wear a mask for 5 additional days.

Transylvania County Schools will continue to evaluate and modify Covid-19 policies and procedures as needed per local, state, and federal guidelines and recommendations.


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