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COVID-19 Information for Schools

  • * Last Updated January 11, 2022

    Sampson County Schools will use this webpage to provide information for students, parents, employees, and the community about COVID-19 and the operation of schools as it relates to the ongoing pandemic.  This page will be updated regularly as new information becomes available.

    Parents who have questions about COVID-19 should contact their child’s school.  Employees who have questions should contact their director/supervisor.

    ■ Face coverings/masks optional

    On December 7, 2021, the Board of Education voted to maintain its current procedure related to face coverings/masks.  The wearing of a face-covering/mask while inside a Sampson County Schools facility will continue to be optional.

    In accordance with state law, boards of education in North Carolina must take action at least once a month to maintain or amend its face-covering/mask policy.  The Board of Education will review the issue at its next monthly meeting on January 24, 2022.

    Students/drivers are required to wear a face-covering/mask while riding on a school bus or activity bus in accordance with federal requirements for public transportation.

    Questions and Answers

    ■ What happens when there is a confirmed case?
    When there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 among students and employees, Sampson County Schools will follow the quarantine procedures that are outlined in the “StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit” beginning on page 14.  Parents and employees are encouraged to review the procedures so they are aware of what steps will be taken when quarantine becomes necessary.

    ■ How will the schools communicate? 
    Schools will send an all-call and e-mail to parents and employees notifying them of a confirmed case at the school.  When there is a need for quarantining students, the school will contact the affected families to provide them with information/instructions.  If the closure of a classroom or school becomes necessary, the school will provide information/instructions for parents and employees.  

    ■ What do students do when there is a quarantine?
    When students are away from school because of quarantine, they will have coursework/assignments available in google classroom and or paper copies (if needed by a student).

    ■ What else is going on?
    Schools will encourage social distancing when possible.  Students and employees will be reminded to wash their hands frequently, maintain enhanced ventilation, encourage but not require individuals to wear a mask, practice social distancing to the extent possible, and maintain effective contact tracing.

    ■ What about the symptom screening/health check?
    Parents/students and employees are asked to conduct a COVID-19 symptom screening/health check each morning at home before coming to school.  Anyone who feels sick or exhibits a symptom of COVID-19 should stay at home – do not come to school or work.  Parents should let the school know, and employees should contact their director/supervisor.  It also is recommended to contact a healthcare provider.


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    StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit

    Click here for the “StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit” from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.  It is the document that provides COVID-19 guidance for school districts.

    ■ Information about confirmed cases  

    Like last year, Sampson County Schools will post a daily count of the number of COVID-19 confirmed cases among students and employees in the district.  Click here for the COVID Dashboard. 

    ■ COVID-19 information hotline

    If you have questions about COVID-19, you may call the information hotline for Sampson County: (910) 490-1056.  Click here for more information about the hotline.

    ■ COVID-19 Cluster Data

    COVID-19 Cluster Data is reported from local health departments from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Cluster data is updated by DHHS every Tuesday by 4 p.m. To find up-to-date cluster data visit the NCDHHS website. Per the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS), a cluster is defined as a minimum of five cases with illness onsets or initial positive results within a 14-day period AND plausible epidemiologic linkage between cases.

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    Visit the following websites for information about COVID-19:

    Sampson County Health Department

    N.C. Department of Health and Human Services

    Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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