CARTER COUNTY, Tennessee (WJHL) – The Carter County school system is changing its COVID-19 protocols to ensure a safe and productive learning environment for students.
A social media post from the Carter County School System says it will begin contact tracing with help from the Tennessee Department of Health on September 7.
The new protocols state that any family contact of a positive case will be “excluded from school in accordance with TDH guidelines.”
According to the publication, if any of the following apply, a student will not be required to participate in contact tracing:
- Student had COVID-19 in past 90 days, remains asymptomatic
- The student is fully vaccinated, asymptomatic
- Masks have been worn, the student is asymptomatic (subject to investigation)
Once parents are notified of an exhibit, parents will have two options:
(1) The student must stay home for seven days with the option to be tested after five days. If the test is negative and the student has no symptoms, the student can return to school seven days after exposure.
(2) The student will stay at home for 10 days and return on the 11th day if the student is no longer showing symptoms.
In addition to contact tracing protocols, the publication says the school system encourages students and staff to wear masks during the school day.
The system also specifies that a doctor’s note, a letter of quarantine or isolation will be required for all absences.