Masks & In Person Safety Procedures

In Person Health Services

Should I attend school (Staff and Students)? We are following and will follow WVDE, CDC and KCHD guidelines

COVID Classroom Screening 

Masks/Face Coverings

•Face masks are required of all staff and students. Masks and shields, if there is an underlying medical condition or it approved by the school administration, are both acceptable. Masks/Shields must be worn at all times while in a KCS building when around others, as appropriate. Masks/Shields can be from home. However, inappropriate masks/shields will not be permitted, including ones that are ineffective or deemed inappropriate under the County dress code policy. The school will have masks and shields available for anyone who doesn’t have one or have an appropriate one.

•The District will work with any student who cannot wear a mask or face shield due to a medical condition or disability, including students who would be unable to remove a mask without assistance, in order to make sure that students and staff remain as safe as possible.

•Individuals who are communicating or seeking to communicate with someone who is hearing impaired or who has another disability, where the ability to see the mouth is essential to communication, are not required to wear a mask; however, individuals should consider using another type of face covering such as a plastic face shield. 

Overall COVID Mitigation

Kanawha County Schools follow all key mitigation strategies and associated guidance outlined by the WVDE. Those strategies can be found at:

COVID+ School Procedure/Defining COVID Outbreaks in Schools:

The WVDE has provided the following guidance on defining and responding to COVID outbreaks in schools. Please scroll down on this page to the blue oval tab titled "Defining COVID-19 Outbreaks in Schools."

Updated Quarantine Guidance:

Fully vaccinated people with COVID-19 symptoms

Although the risk that fully vaccinated people could become infected with COVID-19 is low, any fully vaccinated person who experiences symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should isolate themselves from others, be clinically evaluated for COVID-19, and tested for SARS-CoV-2 if indicated. The symptomatic fully vaccinated person should inform their healthcare provider of their vaccination status at the time of presentation to care.

Fully vaccinated people with no COVID-like symptoms following an exposure

Fully vaccinated people with no COVID-like symptoms do not need to quarantine or be tested following an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, as their risk of infection is low.

Fully vaccinated people who do not quarantine should still monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days following an exposure. If they experience symptoms, they should isolate themselves from others, be clinically evaluated for COVID-19, including SARS-CoV-2 testing, if indicated, and inform their health care provider of their vaccination status at the time of presentation to care.

Previous guidance stated that if exposed to COVID more than 90 days since being fully vaccinated, a quarantine was still required.  That is no longer required as long as no symptoms are present. 

Those who have tested positive for COVID more than 90 days prior to the exposure are still required to quarantine if not fully vaccinated.

 Schools will:

Establish a dedicated space for symptomatic individuals that will not be used for other purposes.
Anyone not employed or enrolled in the specific school will be screened for symptoms upon entrance to the building.
Provide classroom teachers with clear guidelines of when/how to send a student to the health office.
Document screening information for staff/students to aid local health officials in contact tracing.
School Nurses and delegated school staff who provide direct patient care will wear appropriate PPE and perform appropriate hand hygiene.
Once a symptomatic person is removed from the school, implement cleaning and disinfecting procedures per CDC guidelines.
Update emergency contacts for staff/students to facilitate transportation home or to medical care.
Systematically review health records and current health care plans for accommodating students with special health care needs and update as needed to decrease their risk and exposure to COVID-19.
School nurses will be alert for any chronic illnesses or conditions that may exacerbate COVID-19 symptoms while obtaining health histories and reviewing current well-child checks and immunization records.
Notify local health authorities of confirmed COVID-19 cases among staff and students.
Ensure that if a person (visitor, student, and/or employee) with COVID-19 was in the school setting while infectious, school and/or county administrators coordinate with local health authorities to notify staff and families immediately while maintaining compliance with FERPA and all other state and federal laws.

In Person Health Services – Custodial Support  


Cleaning staff will clean and disinfect all areas (e.g., offices, bathrooms, and common areas) used by persons, focusing especially on frequently touched surfaces.

As Needed

Specific procedures have been developed for disinfecting a room or building:

  When a reasonable suspicion of a case is suspected.
  When a positive case has been identified.


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