Covid Safety

CMS Safety Measures and Protocols

COVID-19 Resource Guide (Download the PDF)

COVID-19 Student Testing Program FAQ 

The safety, health and well-being of our students, staff, families and community is a top priority. Summer learning programs on school grounds should follow CDC’s K-12 safety strategies as well as NC DHHS StrongschoolsNC toolkitSome of these measures include: requiring face covering, physical distancing, handwashing, cleaning facilities, monitoring community transmission rates and contact tracing to appropriately quarantine and isolate anyone who is ill.  We continue to monitor our local metrics, follow state guidance and revise recommendations and protocols as we receive updates. 

Face coverings are required for all staff and students indoors in all CMS facilities, effective immediately. This includes the central office and all other non-school-based staff. 

Face coverings should be at least dual layered (2-3 ply) and must be worn properly, covering the nose and mouth. Face coverings include cloth masks or gaiters. Face shields are not considered a substitute for face coverings, and valve masks are not permitted.

A health care provider must provide documentation using the below form if a students has a medical, behavioral or developmental condition that interferes with the student’s ability to wear a face covering indoors during school hours. 

Request for Face Covering Exemption – 2021/2022 School Year

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CMS is committed to consistent and layered prevention strategies to ensure safety in our buildings. Strategies to be followed include:

  • Encouraging anyone who is eligible to get vaccinated

  • Social/physical distancing encouraged and reminders posted throughout the building

  • Face coverings are required indoors by all students, staff and guests in CMS facilities. Face coverings are required to be worn on buses or other transportation vehicles. Face coverings are not required outdoors but may be worn if individuals are more comfortable doing so. Face coverings should be worn outdoors in crowded settings or when unable to maintain distance from others.

  • Hand sanitizer stations placed strategically throughout schools

  • Prior to arrival, monitoring for symptoms at home and stay home if sick

  • Monitoring at home includes that staff and students must disclose (within the last 10 – 14 day period):

Have you tested positive for COVID-19?

Have you been in close contact with someone who tested positive?

Have you developed symptoms? (Symptoms include: fever, chills, sore throat, new cough, shortness of breath, new loss of taste or smell, severe headache with other symptoms)

If someone answers yes to any of these questions, they must contact the school and remain at home until they meet criteria for return.

Students who are not feeling well should stay home and consult with a health care provider.

Custodial teams will be following Centers for Disease Control guidelines for enhanced cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing

  • Custodial teams will conduct enhanced cleaning/disinfecting processes inside classrooms and restrooms at the end of each school day and perform enhanced cleaning on common touchpoints throughout buildings throughout the day

  • Daily monitoring and restocking, as needed, for custodial supplies (paper towels, hand soap, toilet tissue, hand sanitizer, custodial cleaning products, etc.)

  • Water fountains will be cleaned more frequently. Drinking from some fountains is allowed but we recommend using the bottle filling station. 

  • Increase air flow in schools by 10-15% via HVAC automation system, where feasible

  • School buses will have hand sanitizer for staff and students

  • School buses will be cleaned and disinfected twice daily

  • Bus drivers will be provided personal protective equipment including face coverings, hand sanitizer and cleaning products

  • Make available Employee Assistance Program resources

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COVID-19 Guidance for Supervisors and Employees

Guidance for Supervisors.pdf

Guidance for Employees.pdf

COVID-19 Guidance for Principals

Guidance for Principals.pdf

COVID-19 Guidance for Return to School

COVID-19 Guidance for Parents Guardians_Coordinated School Health.pdf

COVID-19 Guidance for Parents Guardians_Coordinated School Health_Spanish.pdf

Social & Emotional Health

How do I talk to my child about Covid-19?
We understand the fear and anxiety that news and developments related to COVID-19 can cause in children. Click here to read tips from the National Association of School Psychologists on talking to children about COVID-19.  

Click here for more information on School Counseling Services that CMS offers. 

What emotional supports are available for students?

Student services staff (school counselors, social workers and psychologists) are available to students. Counseling is available for students during the school year. We encourage students and families to reach out to their school's staff members for support. 

What emotional supports are available for staff?
Any employee who might need additional social-emotional support is encouraged to contact DeerOaks, our employee assistance program, at www.deeroakseap.com. More information is available for staff on the Employee Intranet.  


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