As we start this school year we are at a crossroads with COVID-19 and we are able to take some innovative approaches to how we respond to the virus. We see encouraging signs that we are moving towards the endemic phase and have developed a set of Operational Guidelines that will allow us to open schools safely while preventing the transmission of the virus. Here are a few of the key guidelines we will follow:
- We will continue with daily cleaning by staff of high touch surfaces in classrooms, weekly atomizing, utilizing hand sanitizing stations and encouraging good hand hygiene.
- Face coverings are not required; however, we respect those students who wish to continue wearing face coverings at school.
- If your child tests positive for COVID-19 he or she will need to stay home for 5 days.
- If your student has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 he or she WILL NOT need to stay home unless they begin exhibiting COVID-19 like symptoms. Anyone with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 after a known exposure will need to stay home for 5 days and get tested for COVID-19. If your student does not test positive for COVID-19 he or she can return to school when they have been fever free without fever reducing medicine for 24 hours and they have been free from diarrhea/vomiting for 24 hours.
- As more families rely on antigen testing kits at home, we will accept results from those as well as the PCR/molecular tests that are sent to a lab for testing. Our school nurses and school health technicians will also work closely with families to offer free diagnostic testing at each of our schools as a matter of convenience for parents. Offering free testing will keep parents from having to schedule an appointment with a medical provider to get their student tested.
2021/2022 Update: Covid Decisions/Strategies 21/22
March 16, 2021 Update;
Yadkin County Schools Transition to Plan A
The Yadkin County Board of Education has approved for all schools in Yadkin County to transition to Plan A beginning Tuesday, April 6, 2021. Yadkin County Schools will utilize the safety procedures outlined in the "StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit" designed specifically for North Carolina's K-12 schools. A link to the document can be found below. Please note, this document is updated periodically by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Yadkin County Schools will continue to follow all policies and procedures outlined by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.
Covid-19 Safe Return to In-Person Instruction
Yadkin County Schools recognizes the importance of students returning to school for full-time in-person instruction in order to obtain a quality education and overcome the set-backs from the extended time of remote learning and partial in-person learning as a result of Covid-19. We are committed to ensuring the safety of our students and employees as well as providing the best education possible. In keeping with these commitments, Yadkin County Schools is following the recommendations of the CDC and Local Health Department.
For Yadkin County Schools, safety is our number one priority. We are committed to reopening our schools in a manner that ensures the health and safety of our students and staff. Please see the webpage below for resources and information regarding how to reduce the spread of COVID-19.