Help prevent the spread of COVID-19
You may not enter a WCPSS facility if you are:
- Diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 10 days
- Not fully vaccinated and exposed to COVID-19 within the last 14 days
- Instructed to quarantine
- Sick or experiencing any of these symptoms of illness:
- 100.4° fever or higher
- Sore throat
- New cough
- New shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- New loss of taste or smell
- Diarrhea or vomiting
- New severe headache
Ongoing self-monitoring for symptoms can help reduce exposure to COVID-19.
Home Health Screening Requirement
All students should have their temperature taken every day at home before coming to school. Students must stay home if:
- They have tested positive for COVID-19 and have not met the criteria for returning to school;
- They have had close contact with a person with COVID-19 within the past 14 days and have not met the criteria for returning to school;
- They have a temperature of 100.4°F or higher.
In addition, students must be free of any symptoms of illness unless the student has a confirmed diagnosis from a healthcare professional attributing the symptoms to something other than COVID-19.
Campus Health Screenings
Starting Wednesday, April 7, 2021 we will no longer conduct on-site health screenings. Instead, students, employees, and visitors are required to screen themselves before reporting to campus and stay home if they suspect they may be infected or exposed to COVID-19.
Schools will have signs posted at main entrances and other common gathering areas, such as gyms and auditoriums reminding students, employees, and visitors of the health requirements. There will also be frequent reminders during daily announcements, in principals’ messages to families, and during athletic and extracurricular activities.
These steps are being taken to replace previous on-site health screening protocols that are no longer required by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. While the goal of our previous screening program was also to keep those infected from being on campus, our data and the guidance from health officials showed the practice could be improved. The CDC never recommended screenings and the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services no longer requires it.
Returning to School After Diagnosis, Exposure, or Illness
To learn when your student can return to school after an illness, exposure, or diagnosis of COVID-19, visit www.wcpss.net/whentoreturn. If you have questions, contact your school.