Transmission and Symptoms of COVID-19
Those considered to be high risk from exposure to COVID-19:
What Happens if Someone Tests Positive or Has Symptoms for COVID-19?
Isolation at the Facility:
Notification to Local Health Departments:
Notification of Individuals Potentially Exposed to COVID-19:
Those who have been notified of an exposure should:
What if a student, family, or staff member has received the COVID-19 vaccine?
Fully vaccinated people with COVID-19 symptoms:
Fully vaccinated people with no COVID-like symptoms following an exposure:
Guidance for COVID-19 cases/Individuals with COVID-like symptoms
If the person has tested positive with an antigen test but does not have symptoms of COVID-19 and is not known to be a close contact to someone diagnosed with COVID-19:
If the person has tested positive with a PCR/molecular test, but the person does not have symptoms.
If the person has symptoms of COVID-19 and has tested positive with an antigen test or PCR/molecular test
If the person has symptoms of COVID-19 but has not been tested for COVID-19 nor has visited a health care provider. Therefore, the person who has symptoms is presumed positive for COVID-19 due to the presence of a clinically compatible illness in the absence of testing.
If the person has symptoms of COVID-19 but has received a negative test for COVID-19 or has visited a health care provider and received an alternate diagnosis that would explain the symptoms of COVID-19.
NCDHHS no longer recommends universal mask requirements in school or other lower risk settings like child care programs. MCS will move to voluntary masking beginning March 7th 2022, but continues to support any community members and staff who choose to wear masks. Staff will work with families to follow their guidance for children in the classroom.
NOTE: Guidance has not changed for anyone who is symptomatic or tests positive for COVID-19:
Voluntary Masking Recommendations:
Lunch Time Protocol
Classrooms are highly encouraged to eat all snacks and meals outside, whenever possible. We know that one of the greatest chances for exposure comes during eating times.
Students will social distance while eating.
All lunches and snacks must be brought from home. Students may not share their lunches with each other.
When unable to eat outside, classes will eat immediately prior to outdoor time, to allow the room to ventilate while occupants are outside (ideally with windows open) OR open the windows fully for 15 minutes.
On the playground, classroom cohorts are no longer restricted at the discretion of staff (effective March 7, 2022). Outdoor areas, including the playground, can be divided for use into areas for cohorts to separate, if necessary.
Vaccination, including getting a booster if eligible, is currently the leading public health prevention strategy in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The vaccine is widely available across the state.
Vaccination is free.
Temporary and minimal side effects.
Schedule a vaccination appointment on the NCDHHS' “Kids Have a Spot to take their Shot” website.
Additional COVID-19 Vaccine Resources:
Additional Information & Websites
Please be aware that this is an evolving process. As we receive more information, some items are likely to be added to this list; while others will possibly change. MCS will be basing all decisions based on requirements and recommendations from the CDC and NCDHHS. Below are links to each for more information. We thank you for your patience and understanding as we move forward.