COVID Protocol Update - October 5, 2021
CHANGES TO OCS COVID PROTOCOLS TO REMAIN IN PLACE
During their October 5, 2021, meeting, the OCS Board of Education voted 5-1 to continue with the OCS COVID-19 Protocols and Practices approved at the September 7, 2021 meeting. Board Member Eric Whitfield was absent from the meeting.
OCS will continue to require face coverings for all staff, all students, and all visitors when indoors on all OCS school campuses. The district will also continue the adjusted quaratine time of 10 days symptom-free without COVID-19 testing for individuals identified as close contacts.
As required by state law (Session Law 2021-130 - Senate Bill 654), this decision will be reviewed at the Board's November meeting.
COVID Protocol Update - September 7, 2021
CHANGES TO FACE COVERING PROTOCOLS AND CLOSE CONTACT QUARANTINE PROCEDURES
During their September 7, 2021 meeting, the OCS Board of Education voted 6-1 to make the following changes to the OCS COVID-19 Protocols and Practices:
Face Coverings Required
Effective Thursday, September 9, with full implementation by Monday, September 13, face coverings will be required for all staff, all students, and all visitors when indoors on all OCS school campuses. The Superintendent and his staff have been directed to establish criteria for exemptions to this requirement based upon factors including, but not limited to, physical, emotional, or developmental disabilities. These exemptions shall be published on September 8, 2021. The face covering requirement will be reconsidered by the Board as required by General Statute.
The decision requiring face coverings comes in an effort to maintain in-person instruction as the number of students excluded from school due to close contact quarantines has increased.
With some exceptions for extracurricular and athletic settings, according to both the NC StrongSchools Toolkit and current board-approved OCS protocols, students identified as close contacts do not have to quarantine if, during the exposure, both individuals were appropriately masked.
Close Contact Quarantine Time Adjustment
Quarantine time for individuals identified as close contacts has been amended to a minimum of 10 days symptom-free without COVID-19 testing. Individuals identified as close contacts may return to school following this period of quarantine provided no symptoms have been reported during that time.
Removing the testing requirement will standardize the quarantine period for close contacts and help ease the burden on our local medical community.