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2021-2022

 

We are committed to delivering Rocky Mount Academy's mission through an educational experience deeply rooted in on-campus programming while also supporting those who are unable to be on campus due to illness. 

 

 

 

New Guidelines (updated 2/21/2022)

 

We have recently received updated guidance from NCDHHS and StrongSchoolsNC, outlined below in detail in a letter from the Governor’s office. After further review of the recommendations, individual contact tracing and exclusion from school after an identified exposure (regardless of location of exposure) will no longer be implemented, effective February 21, 2022. We will continue to keep you informed and notify potential exposures to watch for symptoms and ask these persons to wear masks as necessary.

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Forward from the Governor's Office

Thank you for your ongoing partnership as we work together to keep our children learning in the classroom. As the pandemic evolves, NC Department of Health and Human Services is committed to providing the most effective and appropriate public health guidance for the current phase of the pandemic. The best tools right now are: getting vaccinated, getting boosted when eligible, wearing a well-fitting mask, testing after exposure, and staying home when sick.

Contact tracing has been an important public health tool used to slow the spread of COVID at earlier points in the pandemic and remains important in certain high-risk congregate settings such as long-term care facilities, correctional facilities, and homeless shelters. At this phase in the pandemic, individual contact tracing in other settings and in the community is a less effective tool, due to several factors that include: ​

Emergence of variants with shorter incubation periods and rapid transmission.

People with infection are most contagious prior to symptom onset and during the first few days of illness.

Larger number of asymptomatic and less severe cases due, in part, to some immunity from vaccination and past infection.

Many infections are never identified by public health agencies because persons with asymptomatic or mild cases may not get tested as well as the increasing use of “over the counter” at-home tests.

Widespread virus and low rates of case and contact identification limit effectiveness of contact tracing as a way to reduce transmission.

Together, these factors decrease the proportion of infections reported and compress the window of time for effective public health intervention after an exposure. Therefore, contact tracing becomes less effective in the general population. The impact of individual contact tracing on transmission may be particularly limited in settings where layered prevention measures are in place. Therefore, today’s update of the StrongSchools Toolkit now reflects that individual contact tracing and exclusion from school after an identified exposure are no longer a statewide requirement or recommendations in these settings. We are changing strategies in order to balance the effectiveness of our tools with the goal of keeping kids in school​.

Although exclusion from school is no longer required following an exposure, schools should continue to notify potentially exposed students and staff. This is particularly important for settings that do not have other layered prevention strategies, such as universal masking, in place, and therefore have a higher risk of viral spread. ​

The StrongSchools Toolkit and the Procedures for Response for K-12 Schools provides further details on different methods schools can use to make these notifications and the steps that individuals should take after receiving a notification. The Toolkit is available now and will go into effect on February 21, 2022, giving school leaders time to plan for implementation. These changes will also apply in child care settings, with an effective date of February 21, 2022. An updated version of the ChildCareStrongNC Toolkit will be posted shortly.

We want to recognize the school staff and officials who have followed the science and used the best tools available, adapting to follow the science as the virus changes.

Thank you again for your ongoing partnership,

Geoff Coltrane

Senior Education Advisor

Office of Governor Roy Cooper

New Guidelines (updated 1/2/2022)

 

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

  • Do not have symptoms – should isolate from others for 5 days, then wear a mask for 5 additional days.
  • Have symptoms – should isolate from others until fever-free and symptoms are improving. Individuals should isolate for at least 5 days since symptoms began and then wear a mask for 5 additional days.

Quarantine: 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 they test negative, return to school while wearing a mask for 5 additional days.
  • Vaccinated and eligible for a booster, but not yet been boosted – stay away from others for 5 days, get tested on day 5 after exposure, and if they test negative, return to school while wearing a mask for 5 additional days.
  • Vaccinated, and have either received a booster or are not yet eligible for a booster – individuals do not need to stay away from others, but should wear a mask for 10 days.

**Per NCDHHS and Nash County Health Department, clarification regarding COVID antibody tests and prior infection within 90 days as a condition to avoid quarantine will no longer be allowed.

COVID HEALTH AND SAFETY 2021-2022

Q and A

In accordance with the CDC and Governor Roy Cooper, Rocky Mount Academy is strongly recommending that masks be worn indoors for everyone over the age of two – regardless of vaccination status. At this time, there is no government mandate to do so, and there is no mandate to do so at school. 

The cafeteria will be open to all students in grades 1-12, with limited capacity, and distanced, designated seating. Pre-K and kindergarten students will have lunch delivered to their classrooms.

We will notify ALL families of a confirmed positive case on campus while we continue to follow all protocols at school. Students not exposed to the COVID-positive individual may remain on campus. We will notify cohort parents only of direct exposure to confirmed positive cases and require their quarantine. (the class, the grade, the team, the club – as appropriate after tracing).

No, remote learning is only available to those that have been quarantined due to COVID-19 exposure. The student will follow standard procedures for getting assignments for the day missed as in the past.

With the assistance of the appropriate faculty and staff, the school nurse will perform contact tracing to the best of their ability and ask anyone who is unvaccinated or not wearing a mask who has spent more than 15 minutes cumulative within a 24 hour period of time within six feet of the infected person, to quarantine for 10 days total without a test or they may test on day 5 (PCR) and return to school after day 7, if they have a negative result.

If the exposed student has been vaccinated or is wearing a mask, they will not be asked to quarantine. However, they will be asked to monitor for symptoms and quarantine if they develop symptoms within 10-14 days 

If the exposed student has been vaccinated or is wearing a mask, they will not be asked to quarantine. However, they will be asked to monitor for symptoms and quarantine if they develop symptoms within 10-14 days 

According to the CDC, individuals who are fully vaccinated do NOT need to quarantine after contact with someone who had COVID-19, unless they have symptoms.