2022-2023 COVID Updates

  • Effective June 24 (2022), NCDHHS discontinued the NC StrongSchools Toolkit. Schools are recommended to follow CDC guidelines and of their local health director. Pitt County Schools will operate under the following guidelines.

    Management of Student Illness
    ● Students who are sick should be managed per pre-Covid-19 illness protocols and may return to school when they are well.
    ● Students must be fever free for at least 24 hours (without fever-reducing medication).
    ● The student should have no vomiting or diarrhea for at least 12 hours from the last episode.
    ● Students should feel well enough to fully participate in school activities.
    ● Students are no longer required to be "cleared" to return to school ~ no Covid test or MD clearance is required to return following illness.
    ● Students who become sick while at school should be directed home by their supervising teacher/staff member.

    Students and staff who test Covid Positive
    ● Students/staff who have a positive Covid test result should isolate from others for 5 days following the start of symptoms, then must wear a mask for 5 additional days to return to school/work.
    ● Individuals should continue to isolate themselves from others until fever-free and symptoms have significantly improved.
    ● No covid re-testing is required for return to school/work for positive individuals.

    Students and staff who are exposed to someone with Covid
    ● Students/staff identified as exposed to a Covid positive individual (regardless of where exposure occurs - home, school, community, etc.) may continue to attend school/work.
    ● Contact tracing and notification of an exposure is no longer required.
    ● It is recommended that students/staff who have a direct exposure and develop symptoms of Covid be tested.

    Pitt County Schools will continue to partner with NC DHHS and Mako Medical to provide antigen testing for Covid-19 to students and staff upon request. Parents and staff will need to complete a new registration for 2022-2023 should they choose to opt-in for testing. Please contact your school regarding registration information.

    For more information, please visit the Center for Disease Control (CDC) link.