As we head into late fall and winter, which is typically the time of year when there are increases in illness-related absences, Pitt County Schools would like to offer the following reminders:
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.
- Sick students should remain at home.
- Students may return to school once they are fever-free for at least 24 hours without fever-reducing medications such as Tylenol or Motrin and other symptoms have improved.
- If vomiting or diarrhea is present, there should be no new episodes for at least 12 hours.
- Students should feel well enough to fully participate in school activities.
- Students may return with a parent’s note to excuse the absence (as an illness).
- A doctor’s note is not required to return to school following a routine and short-term illness, including Covid-19 (short-term may be defined as 1 week or less).
- Parents should consider having their student seen by their primary doctor if they are running a fever of 100.4 or higher for more than 24 hours, vomiting several times in a 24-hour period or have flu-like symptoms that are not improving after 48-72 hours.
Parents should only utilize the Emergency Department for symptoms that require immediate care:
- Fast breathing or working hard to breathe;
- Bluish skin color;
- Not waking up or lethargic;
- Flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with a fever and worse cough;
- Unable to drink or eat;
- Having no tears when crying (symptom of dehydration);
- Fever with a rash. (Source: CDC.gov)
*Please note that students who have underlying medical conditions or are immuno-suppressed may need to seek medical care from their doctor more quickly.