Information from District Lead Nurse
On January 1, CCS will begin using the new 10-day quarantine for exposures as recommended by CDC and NC DHHS. However, a large subset of staff and students will continue to utilize the standard 14-day quarantine. A 10-day quarantine can only be used when the person can return to work or school and continue to wear a mask and socially distance consistently. Groups eligible for the two quarantines are explained below.
Pre-K students under age 5 and some K-12 students do not wear masks, either due to age or mask exceptions, so they will continue with 14-day quarantines for exposure. Some students with behavioral and/ or developmental issues in grades pre-K-12 and students attending school under Plan A (where social distancing will not be possible), will continue with14-day quarantines for exposure. Staff who work with these students, including teachers, TAs, bus drivers, and possibly others will be required to utilize 14-day quarantines because they cannot socially distance from these students due to their job requirements.
Students attending school in Plan B who do not fall into the groups listed above and can reliably maintain social distance will be eligible* for 10-day quarantines for exposure. Staff who do not fall into the groups listed above and are not in close contact with others and can reliably maintain social distance will be eligible* for 10-day quarantines for exposure.
*Eligibility for a 10-day quarantine may be considered on a case-by-case basis by the school nurse providing contact tracing services. The 10-day quarantine may be converted to a 14-day quarantine at the discretion of the school nurse.