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Face Coverings/Masks

All employees and students, when in the presence of another person will be required to wear face covering to help mitigate the spread of the virus.  All students in Pre-Kindergarten through 13th grade are required to wear face coverings on buses, transportation vehicles, inside school buildings, and on school grounds.

A clean mask should be worn each day.  Five (5) cloth masks will be provided by the school for each student. Students may wear their own masks that you have made or purchased.  

Not wearing a face mask puts your student at greater risk if a positive case of COVID-19 is identified at school.

In order to be exempt from wearing a face covering students must have a documented medical, developmental or behavioral condition.  Contact your school nurse to learn more about mask exemptions.

Face shields

The CDC does not currently recommend a face shield as a replacement for a cloth face covering. Face shields are NOT an allowed substitute for students who have difficulties wearing a cloth face covering due to a documented medical, developmental or behavioral condition.

NCPS will ensure that students do not share any equipment including lab equipment, playground equipment, etc.  Staff will be responsible for sanitizing any equipment between use and will be provided sanitizing supplies.   Student laptops, when brought back and forth from home/school cannot be shared.

Hand washing is necessary after nose-blowing, coughing, sneezing or touching your face.  Opportunities to wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds will be built into the school day.  Hand sanitizer stations will be available at multiple locations throughout school buildings.

Custodial Staff:

Enhanced cleaning will occur daily  in all classrooms and frequently throughout the day in high traffic areas.  

All Staff:

Teachers will sanitize classroom surfaces at the end of each day and between any student transitions.  Students shall not have this responsibility.  Staff will be provided with training and sanitizing supplies.

Social distancing is a key tool to minimizing the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  Social distancing means keeping physical space between people outside of their homes.  Students and staff should stay at least 6 feet apart (about two arms’ lengths) at all times. 

The following measures will be in place to ensure social distancing is possible in all school buildings: 

  • Classrooms will be set up in a manner that adheres to social distancing guidelines.  Staff will rearrange furniture in classrooms to maintain social distancing.
  • Schools will minimize the use of common student gathering areas where social distancing of at least 6 feet in all directions can’t be maintained. 
  • When in open spaces such as labs, hallways, and lobbies, maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet apart.
  • Minimize the number of students utilizing the restroom at the same time
  • Rearrange furniture in common areas to maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet apart.
  • All workstations should be oriented to a minimum of 6 feet apart in all directions. 
  • Do not allow students to gather in groups that cannot comply with social distancing of at least 6 feet apart. 
  • Minimize non-essential movement around campuses. 
  • Social distancing signage installed throughout the buildings.
  • Markings on floors and restrooms for social distancing.
  • Safety screens installed in designated high risk areas.

All water fountains will be marked and turned off.  Students and staff are encouraged to bring personal water bottles.  If students use lockers on a campus, procedures will be in place to ensure that social distance can be maintained.

Visitors will not be permitted on campus with few exceptions.

Under Plan C (Remote Learning) buses will be utilized for continued learning support functions.


Procedures for Transporting Students to School:

Drivers & Monitors:

  • Sanitize buses prior to each run according to NC DHHS Guidelines.
  • Mask required, gloves optional
  • Bus monitors will be responsible for conducting symptom screening and collecting attestation forms from K-2 students.


  • Mask required (students with exceptions are exempt)
  • Follow the symptom screening protocol outlined in the Monitoring for Symptoms section for any person entering a school transportation vehicle.  Individuals must stay home and not board transportation if they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone positive for COVID-19.
  • Parent/Guardian (elementary only) must be at the bus stop in the morning and in the afternoon.  This change in current operations is to ensure students will be accompanied home if they do not pass the screening protocol.
  • K-2 students and any student who cannot answer the symptom screening questions independently must have a signed attestation form.


  • Have hand sanitizer available
  • Enhanced cleaning/sanitizing
  • Windows open to maximize fresh-air flow.
  • Reduced capacity based on NC DHHS recommendation. 

Daily In-Person Instruction (Plan A) 

  • Eating in cafeteria 
  • Any high-touch area must be sanitized according to EPA Guidelines after use by a classroom and prior to use by another class.
  • Maintain social distancing at all times.
  • Floors shall be marked to remind staff, visitors, and students of distance and direction of flow of traffic in and out of the dining area

Blended Instruction (Plan B) 

  • Meals may be consumed in the classroom.
  • No mixing of classrooms.
  • Any high-touch area must be sanitized according to EPA Guidelines after use by a classroom and prior to use by another class.
  • Maintain 6-foot social distancing at all times.
  • Floors shall be marked to remind staff, visitors, and students of 6-foot distance and direction of flow of traffic in and out of the dining area.

Remote Learning (Plan C) 

  • Drive through community service 

Nash County will NOT begin workouts for FALL SPORTS and activities until further notice. We are constantly reviewing guidelines from the NCHSAA and DPI as well as working on a district-wide plan to prepare for student-athletes and coaches to return to participation that will align with our return-to-school plan. More information will be forthcoming.

Due to the unique needs of music programming (e.g. band, orchestra) where there may be an increased risk of transmission. Music and band classes will not be permitted to play woodwind and brass instruments due to increased risk of respiratory droplets, and inability to wear a cloth face covering while playing. 

Field Trips will not be permitted during the Fall 2020 semester for elementary students. The district will follow the guidance of the  local and state officials regarding athletic travels and other special programs in secondary schools.