Masks/Tracing/Quarantine

Masks/Face Coverings

2021-2022 school year **Updated August 19, 2021

  • 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. 

The Pfizer vaccine is readily available and recommended for any student or adult ages 12 and up.

Guidance on appropriate masks: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/types-of-masks.html

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: https://wvde.us/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/School-Recovery-and-Guidance-Document-FALL-2021-ONLINE-v8.pdf.   

Current Contact Tracing / Quarantine Guidance

Kanawha County Schools will follow the current guidance provided within the Fall 2021 WVDE School Recovery & Guidance 

2021 Quarantine Guidance

WVDE Guidance

Guidance from KCS to Schools as they trace

Flow Chart

Helpful Questions to Ask to Determine Quarantine

Was the individual’s contact to a confirmed case of COVID? 

Is the individual vaccinated?

What was the last date of interaction with the positive contact?

When was the last date the individual was in school?

Does the exposed individual have any symptoms?

What does this mean for me?

What this means for a student or staff member in proximity to a confirmed positive

Unvaccinated, unmasked: will be required to quarantine 7 or 10 days if within 3 feet of the positive individual in any class, activity, or throughout school day including on the bus. 

Unvaccinated, masked: if both individuals under consideration were masked and within a classroom, they will not need to quarantine.   

If one was masked and one unmasked, the unmasked individual will be required to quarantine 7 or 10 days if within 3 feet of the positive individual during an activity or throughout school day including on the bus. 

Vaccinated, unmasked: fully-vaccinated individuals will not need to quarantine unless symptoms are present. 

Vaccinated, masked: fully-vaccinated individuals will not need to quarantine unless symptoms are present. 

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. 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated-guidance.html

 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  

Daily

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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