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Explorer Express for 1/2/22

 

Happy New Year Explorer Families!  As we enter 2022 we are looking forward to a safe and healthy return back to school for students and staff.  As a reminder, here is the updated information from about the WCPSS COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine Requirements. If you have any questions about these updated guidelines, please contact your child's teacher or the front office.

 

COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine Requirements

As of Dec. 31, 2021, per revised guidance from CDC and the StrongSchoolsNC Toolkit, the following changes have been made to the district’s COVID-19 health guidance related to quarantine and isolation requirements. Note that there are no changes to district face covering guidance at this time. 

 

Testing

Staff and students who have symptoms, regardless of vaccination status should get tested and isolate from others while waiting for a result. (If testing is not possible, follow the guidance below as if you are positive.)

 

Isolation requirements

Staff and students who test positive, regardless of vaccination status, and: 

  • Do not have symptoms – should isolate yourself from others for 5 days.

  • Have symptoms – should isolate from others until fever-free and symptoms are improving. You should isolate yourself for at least 5 days since your symptoms began.

 

Quarantine requirements

Staff and students who are exposed to someone with COVID-19, and: 

  • Not vaccinated – stay away from others for 5 days, get tested on day 5 after exposure, and if you test negative, you may return to school or work.

  • Vaccinated and eligible for a booster, but not yet boosted – stay away from others for 5 days, get tested on day 5 after exposure, and if you test negative, you may return to school or work.

  • Vaccinated, and have either received a booster or are not yet eligible for a booster – you do not need to stay away from others.

 

Exceptions

Per the StrongSchoolsNC Toolkit guidance, individuals who are not fully vaccinated after close contact in a classroom or other school setting if masks were being worn appropriately and consistently by both the person with COVID-19 and the potentially exposed person do NOT need to quarantine.

 

Additional resources

Information for families is available on wcpss.net/whentoreturn. Additional information regarding isolation and quarantine requirements can be found on pages 14-16 of the StrongSchoolsNC Toolkit.

 

Free & Reduced Lunch Meal Benefits

 

Parents, please consider applying for meal benefits as soon as possible . By submitting a qualifying application, families will also support the district in qualifying for additional funds to support students and learning! Also, the NC Department of Health & Human Services is collecting student free and reduced lunch and attendance data from WCPSS to determine any additional Pandemic Electronic Benefits (P-EBT) that will be issued in the coming months! By not applying for these meal benefits, you will miss the potential opportunity to receive direct P-EBT funds for your family!

Yes, meals will still be free for all students through June 2022 but we still need you to complete a meal benefits application so our school can be eligible for this extra education funding next school year. Also, this ensures your student is covered for the first few weeks of school next year. Information about applying for Meal Benefits can be found at www.wcpss.net/meals. Help our school continue to receive this funding by completing an application online at MySchoolApps.com. Paper applications can be requested by calling 919-588-3535.

 

Upcoming Dates

 

January

  • 14- End of 2nd Quarter
  • 17- No School Marting Luther King Jr. Day
  • 18- No School Teacher Workday
  • 21- 2nd Quarter Report Cards