If you are exhibiting any signs or symptoms, please stay home. Students and staff who come to school with symptoms associated with COVID-19 will be sent home.
Bethany Community School may require those exhibiting any symptoms to get tested for COVID-19 before returning to school.
BCS, in coordination with the Rockingham County Health Department, does not currently contact trace for those individuals who have been exposed to a known positive and mandate a quarantine.
Individuals are expected to monitor their symptoms and make personal health decisions based on the recommended guidelines. BCS will only be mandating quarantines for students and staff who are positive or exhibiting symptoms.
For students and staff who have been exposed to a known positive case, a quarantine of five days is recommended unless the individual is fully vaccinated or have had COVID in the past 90 days.
Five days of mask wearing is recommended following the five-day quarantine. Fully vaccinated and boosted individuals are not expected to quarantine but mask wearing is recommended following the exposure for five days.
For students and staff who are exhibiting symptoms, an isolation of five days is required whether they have been vaccinated or not. Mask wearing for an additional five days is recommended.
The individual may return to school when symptoms have improved or there has not been a fever for 24 hours (without the use of medications).
If a negative test or alternative diagnosis is presented, the individual may return to school. Five days begins with the day of onset of symptoms.
For students and staff who test positive for COVID-19, a five-day isolation is required. Mask wearing is recommended for an additional five days.
Individuals may return to school after five days beginning with the day of testing positive or first day of symptoms, whichever comes first, assuming the symptoms have improved and there has not been a fever for 24 hours (without the use of medications).
Five additional days of mask wearing is recommended.
The Centers for Disease Control and the NC Department of Health and Human Services recommend that masks be worn by everyone in indoor areas where high transmission is likely. This includes areas like classrooms where density is high. The recommendations are for those who are fully vaccinated as well as those who are unvaccinated.
The Bethany Community School Board of Directors believes that it is one’s personal responsibility to take the necessary precautions. The choice to wear masks will be left up to each person. The board recommends that each person do everything possible to protect themselves and others.
BCS will continue our efforts to keep the health of students and staff at the forefront. The improved ventilation and air filtration system implemented last year continues to be effective and help protect our community.
We encourage everyone to follow best practices by maintaining physical distance when possible, regularly washing hands, refraining from touching the face as much as possible, wearing a face covering in high density areas, and getting vaccinated.