• What happens if someone tests positive for COVID-19 or another Similar Communicable Disease?

    NC DHHS has removed their StrongSchools COVID guidance requirements and advises districts to follow the CDC operational guidelines for k-12 schools. People who have symptoms of respiratory or gastrointestinal infections, such as cough, fever, sore throat, vomiting, or diarrhea, should stay home and testing is recommended.  If someone receives a positive test, they are required to be isolated for at least 5 days from the start of symptoms or the positive test and can return to school after symptoms improve. If they do not obtain 2 negative tests within 48 hours of each other, they must continue to wear a mask for 10 days.

    For school-related outbreaks, the health department works directly with CMS, providing notification and guidance for health and safety in our buildings. The notification must maintain confidentiality in accordance with NCGS § 130A143 and all other state and federal laws. Additional guidance to individuals will be provided based on the situation and established protocols will be followed.

    How will CMS facilities be maintained to prevent the spread of COVID-19 or another similar communicable disease?

    • Routine enhanced cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched areas will continue
    • Hand sanitizer stations are placed strategically throughout school
    • Custodial teams will follow Centers for Disease Control guidelines for cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing
    • Custodial teams will disinfect surfaces inside classrooms, restrooms and throughout buildings including restrooms throughout the day
    • Water and ventilation systems are flushed
    • Water dispensers are cleaned more frequently
    • Air flow is increased in schools via HVAC automation system
    • Transportation vehicles have hand sanitizer for staff and students
    • Transportation vehicles are cleaned and disinfected regularly
    • Car seats, seat belts, wheelchairs, walkers and other equipment being transported to schools is cleaned and sanitized

    Safe Surrender

    Pursuant to N.C.G.S. § 7B-500, a female may legally surrender her newborn baby (up to seven days old) to a responsible adult without fear of criminal prosecution. School social workers, school nurses, counselors, and law enforcement agents are examples of responsible adults who are familiar with this law. Safe surrender is anonymous and legal. More information can be found at Those individuals without internet access can contact a school nurse or social worker.

    Contact Information

    For more information, visit the Coordinated School Health website at or contact a CMS Coordinated School Health Specialist: