Dear Kent Families & Staff,
We want to make you aware of changes to the StrongSchoolsNC Toolkit. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) updated the toolkit on Dec. 30 with COVID-19 isolation and quarantine guidance that is aligned to the most recent information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Research is showing that the majority of new COVID-19 cases are caused by the omicron variant.
Note: Previous infection within 90 days and positive antibody results are no longer an exemption from quarantine.
You will find our updated Covid policy attached, which is subject to change based on current metrics and CDC guidance. We understand that this is the time of year where many students are sick from common colds, and the flu. For this reason we will be implementing a very clear Wellness policy. If students are found to have 2 or more symptoms below, parents will be called to pick them up from school and students will need to remain home until symptoms have cleared. If students are out with illness for 3 or more days they will need to return with a doctor’s note. The symptoms are as follows:
- Runny Nose/Congestion/Sneezing
- Sore Throat
- Body Chills
Additionally students need to be fever and symptom free for 24 hours before returning to school. We are aware that many students have allergies or suffer from headaches, which is why we are looking at 2 or more symptoms. Please help us by keeping your students home if you notice they are ill. Kent teachers are prepared to ensure every student can continue instruction virtually if they need to be absent due to illness.
If you have further questions, please contact Kent Academy
1814 Euclid Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28203
P: 704-996-8283 F: 704-372-3603
KENT ACADEMY COVID POLICY
March 2022 – Updated Policy based on Guidance:
1. Staff and students who have symptoms, regardless of vaccination status should – get tested and isolate from others while waiting for a result. If testing is not possible, follow the guidance below as if the person is positive.
|Tested Positive||Next Steps||Can return…|
|Staff and students who test positive, and do not have symptoms –||Should isolate from others at home for 5 days…||…can return to school wearing a mask on day 6.|
|Unvaccinated staff and students who test positive, and do have symptoms …||must isolate for 10 days and be symptom free. Isolation begins the day of positive test or the day symptoms begin, based on whichever date is the latest.||They can return to school masked on day 11.|
|Vaccinated students and staff who test positive, and do have symptoms …||…must isolate at home for 5 days…||… and can return to school (masked) once symptoms begin to improve.|
|Exposed to Covid-19||Next Steps||Can return…|
|Unvaccinated staff and students who are exposed to Covid-19 …||…should isolate from others at home for 5 days and get tested on day 6…||…can return to school wearing a mask immediately if the test is negative.|
|Vaccinated staff and students who are eligible for a booster, but not yet been boosted …||…should isolate from others at home for 5 days…||…and can return to school masked on day 6.|
|Vaccinated staff and students, who have either received a booster or are not yet eligible for a booster …||… and can return to school (masked) immediately.|