While the risk of contracting the Ebola virus in the United States remains low, Wake County Schools has set up a screening protocol for any students who have traveled to affected portions of West Africa.
The process works like this:
- If a child is either returning from an extended absence or is registering as a new student, the student and/or his or her parents are asked, “In the past 21 days, have you traveled to West Africa or been in contact with someone who has?”
- If the answer is no, the student may return to school or register to attend.
- If the answer is yes, an administrator and the school nurse are immediately notified. The student will be moved to an area away from other students and staff. The school nurse will assess the student. School nurses will provide information regarding speculated cases, possible exposure or unsubstantiated information of any kind to Wake County Human Services Communicable Disease team.