Coronavirus Guidance for Schools and Districts

Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Guidelines for Schools

As you are aware, Governor Roy Cooper has issued an executive order for all public schools in North Carolina to be closed for at least two weeks beginning March 16.  

The top question we have gotten so far is whether teacher workdays can be scheduled during these weeks of schools being closed. The answer is yes. Schools can flexibly schedule workdays as necessary.

For additional information on coronavirus, you can visit the NC Department of Health and Human Services resource page here. Please check for the updates from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The NC Department of Public Safety is following these same guidelines, so we are coordinated in our efforts. 

You should continue to work with your local health officials.  In the meantime, please continue to follow these best practices provided by the CDC.
 

CDC Guidance for Schools

Additional Information

DPI Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response and Resources

DPI Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response and Resources

Website dedicated to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) as it impacts North Carolina public schools. Site provides links to remote learning resources, health updates and agency communications for school and district-related topics.

Visit the website.

Tips to help stop the spread of germs.

Tips to help stop the spread of germs.

The tips and resources below will help you learn about steps you can take to help stop the spread of germs.

  • Avoid close contact: Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
  • Stay home when you are sick: If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.
  • Cover your mouth and nose: Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. Flu and other serious respiratory illnesses, like respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), whooping cough, and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), are spread by cough, sneezing, or unclean hands.
  • Clean your hands: Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives Tips on hand washing and using alcohol-based hand sanitizers
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth: Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Practice other good health habits: Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
What is the role of schools in responding to COVID-19?

What is the role of schools in responding to COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) virus, and we are learning more about it every day. There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. At this point, the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes it. Stopping transmission (spread) of the virus through everyday practices is the best way to keep people healthy. More information on COVID-19 is available here.

Schools, working together with local health departments, have an important role in slowing the spread of diseases to help ensure students have safe and healthy learning environments. Schools serve students, staff, and visitors from throughout the community. All of these people may have close contact in the school setting, often sharing spaces, equipment, and supplies.