COVID-19 Information for Schools
* Last Updated September 20, 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 are optional but in the following situations, they are mandatory:
1. Symptomatic persons waiting to leave
2. Through day 10 after testing positive (Symptomatic-10 days after symptom onset. Asymptomatic-10 days after test date.) *Unless a mask exemption applies
3. Through day 10 for symptomatic individuals that have not been tested nor visited a healthcare provider *Unless a mask exemption applies
4. Per NC Governor's Executive Order 209, face coverings should not be placed on anyone who has trouble breathing or is unconscious, incapacitated, or unable to remove a mask without assistance, or anyone who cannot tolerate a covering due to developmental, medical, or behavioral health needs.
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 report the confirmed case to the local health department. The school will provide the end date of wearing a mask and the date for returning to work or school. Parents and employees are encouraged to review the procedures outlined by the CDC here.
■ What do students and staff do when they are confirmed COVID-19 positive?
When a student is away from school because they are COVID-19 positive, they will have coursework/assignments available in Google classroom and or paper copies (if needed by a student).
■ What else is going on?
Students and employees will be reminded to wash their hands frequently and stay home if they are sick.
Operational Guidance for K-12 Schools and Early Care and Education Programs to Support Safe in-Person Learning
Click here for guidance from the CDC. It is the document that provides COVID-19 guidance for school districts.
Information about confirmed cases
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 can call the information hotline for Sampson County: (910) 490-1056. Click here for more information about the hotline.
SC Health Department Drive-thru testing - No Cost
On Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and on Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Individuals can request free at-home tests and masks.
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.
Visit the following websites for information about COVID-19: