Mask Optional Information

  • Effective Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021, wearing masks inside CCS schools and buildings will be optional for students, staff, and essential visitors (e.g., school-based health, mental health, and education service providers). The district will continue to limit other visitors to our schools and other buildings.
    North Carolina State Law requires school boards to review face mask policies once each month during the 2021-2022 school year (Section 10 Senate Bill 546). Future decisions about mask requirements will be based on the following metrics: 
    1. COVID positivity rate in Cabarrus County
    2. COVID case count in Cabarrus County (in the last 14 days)
    3. Percent of Cabarrus County Schools students who became COVID positive during the previous week 
    4. Percent of Cabarrus County Schools students currently in quarantine due to COVID
    There are a few situations where masks still will be required:
    • Students/staff riding on school buses
    • Students returning from quarantine prior to the full 14-day requirement as a condition of early return
    • Students who are symptomatic or identified as close contacts waiting in the nurse’s office for a parent to pick them up
    Students and staff may continue to wear masks in school if they choose.
    The superintendent will modify masking requirements according to the approved COVID Metric Guidelines as necessary.
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2021-22 COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

  • The Cabarrus County Board of Education voted 5-to-2 to require masks for students and staff to begin the 2021-2022 school year. The BOE discussed and voted on this and other COVID-19 school safety guidelines at a Called Meeting on Monday, Aug. 16th.
    Effective Immediately:
    • All board members, visitors to school buildings, staff, and children in grades PreK-12 shall wear masks indoors, including school and activity buses, unless actively eating
    • Children should maintain 3 feet social distancing to the fullest extent possible
    • Children will be allowed mask breaks throughout the day
    • Appropriate wearing (covering the mouth and nose) with approved masks (excluding neck Gaiters) is expected at all times
    • A medical exemption may be applied for due to an issue that is exacerbated by COVID-19
    • Staff shall socially distance at least 6 feet to the fullest extent possible
    • CCS will follow the recommendations outlined in the Department of Health and Human Services StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit for isolation and quarantines
    This matter will be addressed at the next business meeting of this school board with guidance from the COVID-19 Task Force and recommendation by the Superintendent.  
  • Students who test positive for COVID cannot attend school or school events until the return date they receive from their school nurse or principal.
  • Know Your 3 Ws: Wear a mask, wait 6 feet apart and wash your hands.

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