As always, the health and well-being of our community of students, staff, and families remain our highest priority. The ensuing email contains important information for our community. We urge you to read it carefully and in its entirety. Successful implementation of our response plan begins with you!
As you have probably seen in the news, Governor Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency in North Carolina yesterday. This is an administrative act that provides access to additional resources and facilities as well as more efficient decision-making authority; it does not change our circumstances at FCDS, and there are no recommendations for closing schools.
We continue to monitor the sources of information previously shared with you. Currently, we have no confirmed COVID-19 cases within our school or Forsyth County. While this situation is still very fluid, the school believes that a containment strategy vs. a mitigation strategy is appropriate at this time. The following represents our strategy to minimize impacts to the community resulting from the upcoming anticipated travel of our community members over spring break.
Travel Over Spring Break
We strongly encourage you to adhere to the CDC's guidelines on travel
. We understand this information changes frequently, so we encourage you to check the website regularly. Many countries have instituted restrictions and quarantines that could directly affect you.
Using great caution, we ask that FCDS students, parents, staff, and volunteers who are traveling to, through, and/or returning from CDC Level 2 or Level 3 areas not to return to school (including any school activities on or off campus) until a 14-day period has elapsed following their return to the United States
and to obtain medical clearance from school nurse Nancy Hart before returning to campus. If you have plans to travel to these areas, we ask you to self-report to your respective division director or directors and Nancy Hart by phone and/or email as soon as possible.
Please contact your personal physician for specific instructions regarding self-isolation.
As the CDC travel guidelines are subject to change at any time, with new countries potentially being added and given the unpredictability of the spread of the virus domestically, students, parents, and staff may be subject to a self-isolation due to travel or exposure in other areas not currently included in travel advisories.
At this time, the school strongly discourages international travel or travel by cruise ship and asks you to reconsider such plans. We emphatically urge caution and judgment for your non-essential personal domestic travel. Given the rapidly changing situation, if you choose to travel internationally, take a cruise, or meet one of the other criteria below, you may be asked to do a 14-day self-isolation period off campus upon your return. All students, parents, staff, and volunteers are asked not to come to campus after the break until you have been screened by Nancy Hart if you meet one of the following criteria:
You have traveled internationally over the break to a country that is not a designated level 2 or 3 country (see above for level 2 and 3 country travel protocol).
You have taken a cruise.
You have traveled domestically and have fever, sore throat, upper respiratory symptoms, or shortness of breath or have been in contact with anyone who has these symptoms.
You have been in contact with anyone who has a diagnosed or suspected case of COVID-19.
All students, parents, staff, and volunteers who meet one of the above criteria will be asked to self-disclose their need to be screened to Nancy Hart via email at firstname.lastname@example.org copying your division director or directors. Nancy will conduct a screening and provide approval to return to campus or instructions regarding a required self-isolation.
Teachers will be prepared to support students with remote learning during a 14-day self-isolation protocol.
In order to better assess the areas where employees may be traveling over the spring break, we have created a confidential required travel registry for staff and students. We ask that each of you respond to a short survey to provide more detail on your upcoming travel plans as soon as possible.
When you log into OnCampus
, you’ll see a travel registry form for all parents to complete (one per student).
Thank you for your help in ensuring the health and safety of every member of our community. If you have questions or concerns, please contact one of the following members of our preparedness team: