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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. 

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    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.

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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)