As most of you are aware, COVID has been moving through Haywood County at a high rate during the past few weeks. To prevent the spread of COVID through the Haywood Community Learning Center, we want to make sure that we keep everyone updated on Haywood County Schools’ policies regarding individuals presenting COVID symptoms and contact with individuals presenting COVID symptoms.
Students who can answer “yes” to any of the following questions MUST stay home and notify their advisor or the HCLC front office (828-454-6590) as soon as possible:
- Have you had “close contact” with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, or has any health department or health care provider been in contact with you and advised you to quarantine or isolate?
- Since you were last at school/work, have you had COVID-19 symptoms (fever of 100.4, new loss of taste or smell, etc.)?
- Since you were last at school/work, have you been diagnosed with COVID-19?
Students whose household members meet any of the following MUST also stay home and notify their advisor or the HCLC front office (828-454-6590) as soon as possible:
- Household member has a confirmed case of COVID-19
- Household member has symptoms (fever of 100.4 or higher, new loss of taste or smell, etc.)
- Is awaiting COVID-19 test results AND is symptomatic.
COVID symptoms include:
- Fever or chills (100.4 or greater)
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
If you choose not to see a Healthcare professional:
The person who has symptoms is presumed positive for COVID-19 due to the presence of clinically compatible symptoms.
The person can return to school when:
- It has been 10 days since the first day of symptoms; AND
- It has been at least 24 hours since the person had a fever (without using fever reducing medicine); AND
- Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving.\
If the person has symptoms of COVID-19 but has seen a provider AND:
- has received a negative PCR test for COVID-19 or has visited a health care provider and received an alternate diagnosis that would explain the symptoms of COVID-19
- It has been at least 24 hours since the person had a fever (without fever reducing medicine); AND
- They have felt well for at least 24 hours.
PLEASE NOTE that the Haywood County Health Department and Haywood County Schools are NOT accepting rapid test results for return to school; test results must be PCR (lab send-off) tests.
Students or staff members with household members who are experiencing COVID symptoms may NOT return to school until the household member AND the student receive negative PCR (lab send-off) test results. If the student’s household member chooses not to be tested, the student may NOT return to school until 10 days from the household member’s initial symptoms + 14 days from the student’s last contact with that individual (this will be a total of 24 days for students who do not quarantine from the household member with COVID symptoms).
If a student OR student’s household member is experiencing COVID symptoms, tests positive for COVID, or has been in contact with someone with COVID, the student or parent/guardian should contact the student’s advisor or the HCLC front office (828-454-6590) as soon as possible. We will then determine when the student will be permitted to return to school based on the guidelines provided by the Haywood County Health Department and Haywood County Schools.
If you have any questions, please reach out to School Nurse Kelly Hicks at Waynesville Middle School: 828-456-2403
Thank you all so much for your commitment to keeping our community safe.