- Lewis Chapel Middle School
Board Votes to Make Face Masks Optional for Students and Staff
As Cumberland County Schools (CCS) prepares to kick off a new school year and welcome students at traditional schools back to the classroom, the safety of students and staff remains the top priority. District officials recently announced the following COVID-19 safety protocols.
Universal Masking Requirement for Students, Employees and Visitors
In keeping with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit, Cumberland County Schools (CCS) will require all students, staff and visitors to wear face masks at the start of the 2021-2022 school year.
The masking requirement is for everyone, regardless of vaccination status and applies to all schools and district facilities. Masks are also required on all public school transportation. Students will be able to take masks off while eating and drinking and outdoors as long as they are not in a crowded setting or participating in activities that involve close contact with others.
Free COVID-19 Testing and Other Safety Protocols
Thanks to federal funding, school-based COVID-19 testing is available and will provide another layer of support to help keep students and staff safe. While not required, parents will have the opportunity to opt-in to free COVID-19 testing for their students.
CCS schools and offices will refer individuals to diagnostic testing who have symptoms of COVID-19. Through the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ partnership with MAKO, a COVID-19 testing company, CCS will offer free rapid (antigen) testing on-site to facilitate quick COVID-19 diagnoses. Rapid antigen testing works to prevent in-school transmission while minimizing face-to-face learning time lost.
The district will also aim to maintain a minimum of three feet of distance between students and a minimum of six feet of distance between adults, to the greatest extent possible.
LCMS is continuing to practice the 3 Ws: WEAR a mask or face covering, WAIT six feet apart from others, and WASH and sanitize hands regularly.
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