An Update from RCS Coordinated School Health:
Our goal for the upcoming year is to address COVID issues as they arise. Currently, we are not receiving COVID guidance from the State Department of Health for the K-12 setting. Therefore, we will start this school year in a regular manner. We are following CDC recommendations for positive cases and continue to encourage mask wearing, social distancing as best as possible, hand sanitizing, and maintaining student cluster seating charts in order to limit the spread of any virus.
✔ Roane County Schools will no longer contact trace for COVID-19.
✔ Positive COVID cases will isolate from school for a minimum of 5 days from the positive test date; additionally, it is recommended to wear a mask an additional 5 days upon return, per CDC guidance.
✔ Documentation from a medical provider, home tests, and school nurse clinic COVID tests will be accepted as proof of a positive case. “Verbal Only” reports of a positive case (example: home COVID test) will be accepted on a one time basis.
✔ There will be NO quarantines from exposure to a positive case. Parents that report exposures to a positive case may refrain from school attendance but MUST use parent notes in order to be excused, with the reminder that students are only allowed 6 parent notes in a school year.
✔ Staff may use sick or personal days for COVID related absences.