September 21, 2021
Dear J.C. Sawyer Elementary School Family,
ECPPS has been notified of a student at J.C. Sawyer Elementary School who tested positive for the coronavirus. The student was last on campus on September 13, 2021. Due to privacy regulations, we will not disclose any other identifying information regarding the individual.
ECPPS and Albemarle Regional Health Services (ARHS) work closely together for all COVID-19 related matters. ARHS, in compliance with guidelines from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), conducts or provides guidance for contact tracing related to coronavirus cases. ARHS will also work with the district to determine quarantine protocols for COVID related cases.
Staff members must complete daily health screenings or attestation forms. As a reminder, parents are asked to conduct daily screenings of the child’s overall health. Please keep your child at home if they are experiencing fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste of smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea. ECPPS schools will continue to conduct daily health screenings of adults, scan for temperature checks upon entry to facilities, require face coverings inside school and district facilities as well as buses at all times, follow social distancing protocols, and promote proper hand hygiene. We also continue to be vigilant in all safety protocols with regard to sanitizing and disinfecting facilities. ECPPS is committed to safety for our students, families, and staff. We continue to follow the recommendations set forth in the StrongSchools Public Health Toolkit (K-12).
Communication is so important for our families and we want to share as much information as possible to keep our families informed. We not only want to inform you of any potential risk, but also of the preventative measures in place to ensure safety for everyone.
With regard to contact tracing through ARHS, ECPPS and ARHS will adhere to the following protocols:
- School nurses and local health department staff will work together to contact the case-patient and determine who the case-patient has been in close contact with during their period of infectivity.
- Only close contacts who had contact with the case-patient during the period of infectivity are notified.
- Contacts are notified of their exposure and appropriate quarantine information is provided.
ECPPS is committed to providing a safe and positive educational environment for our students and staff. We appreciate your support as we work together to ensure safety for everyone.
Eddie Ingram, Ed.D.
R. Battle Betts, Jr., MPA
Albemarle Regional Health Services