Masks/Face Coverings

2021-2022 school year

  • Masks are mandatory for students in grades PreK-12, regardless of vaccination status. 
  • Masks are mandatory for all KCS staff regardless of vaccination status. 
  • Masks are mandatory for all visitors to our KCS buildings. 
  • All students will continue to wear a mask on the bus. This includes vaccinated and unvaccinated students, per a nationwide transportation Order due to the inability to social distance. If the student does not have a mask, they will be provided with one on the bus. 

Vaccines are now readily available and recommended for any student or adult ages 5 and up.

Guidance on appropriate masks:

Masks should be used in all situations unless there is a documented reason not to. Shields will not protect an individual from a quarantine. Masks must be worn at all times while in a KCS building when around others, as appropriate based on the guidance above. Masks can be from home. However, inappropriate masks will not be permitted, including ones that are ineffective or deemed inappropriate under the County dress code policy. The school will have masks 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 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 key mitigation strategies and associated guidance outlined by the WVDE. Those strategies can be found at:   

Current Contact Tracing / Quarantine Guidance

(NEW January 2022) Quarantine guidance was updated in January 2022. Please find the updated guidance at:  

 Schools will:

Establish a dedicated space for symptomatic individuals.
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.

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.

New for 2021-2022

Every KCS school now has a UVC light disinfecting trolly for use in the school. Nurses and custodians in each school have been trained on proper usage. 

More information is available here: LD676 UVC Germicidal Device V6.pdf

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