COVID-19 Prevention, Policies, and Procedures
from the Charlotte Latin School Health Office
When to Stay Home
Students and Latin Employees
When to Return to School if You’ve Been Sick
Students and Latin Employees
Please submit student vaccination records to the nurse in your division. Submit a photo of the vaccination record via email. If you previously submitted a vaccination photo, you do not need to resubmit. The nurses provide a list of vaccinated students to each division.
Masks are required indoors for everyone.
Masks are not required out of doors.
Masks/face coverings have been shown to reduce the risk of virus transmission and are recommended by the Center for Disease Control.
- CLS Face Coverings Guidelines and Detailed Information
- Parents are responsible for cleaning the face coverings
Communication of COVID-19 Cases
If a student is diagnosed with COVID-19, parents should report the positive case to the appropriate Public Health Department and the school nurse for your child’s division.
If a Latin employee is diagnosed with COVID-19, they must immediately report this information to Human Resources.
- The school will be in contact with the health department for the county the child/adult lives in, as well as Mecklenburg County Health Department to help determine isolation, quarantine, and contact tracing.
- The school will provide a list of contacts of positive cases in the school to the public health department.
- Due to HIPPA and FERPA, names of COVID-19 cases and contacts will not be released to anyone but the health department. Families will be informed about the presence of COVID-19 cases in their child’s grade or class but individuals will not be named.
- Any student deemed to be a close contact (exposure of more than 15 minutes in a 24-hour period within 3 feet in a classroom and 6 feet in other settings of the positive case, starting 2 days before onset of symptoms) will be given information about remaining in quarantine at home for a period of time. NB: Fully vaccinated individuals do not need to quarantine unless they exhibit COVID-like symptoms.
- Any adult deemed to be a close contact (exposure of more than 15 minutes within 6 feet of the positive case, starting 2 days before onset of symptoms) will be given information about remaining in quarantine at home for a period of time. NB: Fully vaccinated individuals do not need to quarantine unless they exhibit COVID-like symptoms.
- One of Latin’s Contact Tracers will contact the families of confirmed cases and close contacts to provide them with information on next steps.
- The health department will also contact families of cases and close contacts of possible cases for contact tracing and also provide information on next steps.
- Any child or adult (including all family members) with a known COVID-19 contact and COVID-19 symptoms should be seen by a physician and should have a COVID-19 test if possible; however, when testing is not easily available, it is reasonable to assume an ill individual with a known contact has COVID-19 and notify the health department.
Monitoring Illness, Exposure, and Quarantine
- The school nurses will monitor absences and return to school dates for individuals in isolation or quarantine.
- If a cluster of cases (five or more sharing a common source) occurs in the school, or if widespread exposures have occurred as a result of an infected teacher or student, the health department may decide to close the school to allow contact tracing and cleaning.
If a Student or School Employee Becomes Ill at School
If a student or adult becomes ill while at school, these are the procedures followed:
- Any child or adult not feeling well at school goes to the health room for their division. They are screened outside the health room. If their symptoms appear to be a “COVID-19-like illness” they are escorted to the “sick” health room.
- Any child or adult sent to the “sick” health room puts on a surgical mask (which provides greater protection than a cloth mask.) The nurse assessing the person for COVID-19-like symptoms has full Personal Protective Equipment (gloves, masks, face shield, and gown.)
- Any child or adult with “COVID-19-like illness” is isolated in the sick health room until they can leave the building with a parent or on their own. They should call their healthcare provider for evaluation.
- Parents should pick up their child within an hour of being called.
- Fever (temperature of 100.4 or higher) or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing (for people with asthma: a change from baseline breathing)
- Cough (for people with chronic cough due to allergies or asthma: a change in cough from baseline)
- congestion or running nose (in conjunction with other symptoms)
- New loss in taste or smell
- Fatigue (unusual)
- Muscle or body aches (unusual)
- New onset or severe headache
- Sore throat
- Diarrhea or vomiting