COVID Protocols and Reporting

COVID Protocols and Reporting

Reporting

The following must be reported to the school as soon as you are aware.  Please do not send your child to school if any of the following apply to you.  Fill out the COVID reporting form and the school will be in touch with more information for your family.

    1. Your child has tested positive for COVID-19.
    2. Your child has or recently had COVID-19 symptoms:
      • Fever or chills 
      • Cough 
      • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 
      • Fatigue 
      • Muscle or body aches 
      • Headache 
      • New loss of taste or smell 
      • Sore throat 
      • Congestion or runny nose 
      • Nausea or vomiting 
      • Diarrhea 

click to report COVID symptoms/cases

What happens next?  A school official will be in touch to discuss your scenario and provide you with the information you need to get your child cleared and back to school.  Please do not send your child to school or to participate in after school activities until you are cleared by a school official to return.

Strong Schools Toolkit

We are committed to implementing the protocols set forth in the Strong Schools NC Public Health Toolkit.  Please review this document for details about these protocols.

Close Contact Definition

Close contacts are identified as individuals who have been within six feet for more than 15 minutes without masks on.  We will communicate with all close contacts regarding the protocols that apply as outlined in the NC Public Health Toolkit.  

Updated Protocols (updated 3.7.21)

  • Students that are identified as close contacts to someone that tested positive for COVID will no longer be required to complete a quarantine period unless they develop symptoms. This change applies to all non-household in school and outside of school exposures.  As long as your student does not have symptoms of COVID, they are fine to attend school, so you will no longer see an option to report that contact on our COVID reporting form.  
  • The latest guidelines indicate that we will no longer have to exclude students from school that  have an unmasked exposure to someone that has tested positive for COVID here at school.  Due to this change, we will no longer be calling families to pick up their students from school due to an exposure in the school setting.  You will be notified via email if your student is identified as a close contact so that you have the information, however they will not have to be excluded from school as long as they are not displaying any symptoms of COVID.  Per the Health Department, your student is identified as a close contact to a positive case. As a result, you are directed to follow the health department’s guidelines regarding your student’s quarantine from activities outside of school unless they develop symptoms. 
  • The Health Department has changed the expectations around mask wearing for students that are returning to school for days 6-10 due to exposure, symptoms, or positive test results. It is recommended that your student wear a mask at school for days 6-10. They will be allowed to eat lunch with their peers and remove their mask while outside.

COVID protocols that have not changed:

  • The following must be reported to the school as soon as you are aware.  Please do not send your child to school if any of the following apply to you.  Fill out the COVID reporting form and the school will be in touch with more information for your family.
  1. Your child has tested positive for COVID-19.
  2. Your child has or recently had COVID-19 symptoms:
    • Fever or chills 
    • Cough 
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 
    • Fatigue 
    • Muscle or body aches 
    • Headache 
    • New loss of taste or smell 
    • Sore throat 
    • Congestion or runny nose 
    • Nausea or vomiting 
    • Diarrhea 

COVID Testing at School

  • Due to the limited number of rapid tests we have available, we will only be able to run tests on individuals that are symptomatic. We cannot run tests for exposures at this time.   If the state provides additional supplies we will update you on changes in our testing protocol.  
  • We will be able to continue our pooled testing program.  If you would like to give consent for your child to participate in this program here is the link: https://testcenter.concentricbyginkgo.com/minor-consent (code: ICICONSENT)

This same consent form will be required for your child to receive a rapid antigen test here at the school if they have symptoms consistent with COVID-19. Your consent will make it easier for IC Imagine to ensure the health and wellbeing of our school community. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Kara Tebaldi, RN (KaraTebaldi@icimagine.org).

Community COVID Testing Resources (updated 9.9.21)

  • Fast Med -Spartanburg HWY 828-233-1664
    • Rapid PCR: $249
    • Rapid Antibody: $59
  • Advent Health Urgent Care
    • Rapid Antigen: $179
    • PCR: $199.25
  • Pardee Urgent Care- All 4 Locations
    • 4-in-1 (COVID, Flu A/B, RSV): Free
    • Encouraged to go online to schedule appointment
  • CVS
    • Self-pay: $130 (incl. Minute Clinic Visit)
    • No Insurance: Free (Must have valid SS#)
  • Whitley Drugs
    • Antibody: $40 (15min)
    • Antigen: $60 (10min)
    • PCR (Saliva): $150 (48 hrs)
  • Polk County Health Department (Tuesdays Only)
    • Free Testing
    • 828-722-5086
  • Community Lab- Asheville
    • Free PCR Test (24 hr results)
    • Register Online
    • 2 Trident Dr, Arden, NC 28704
    • 833-231-8190
  • Henderson County HD
    • Will begin testing at the side door (Admin/EH)
    • Only offering LabCorp Tests- NO RAPIDS
    • Testing will be free for uninsured or LabCorp will file insurance for those who have it
  • Visit the Covid Testing Site Finder from NDDHHS to find more testing sites: https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/about-covid-19/testing/find-my-testing-place/test-site-finder