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JCS Voluntary Masking Policy Guidelines

February 21, 2022 Implementation

It is the intent of Jefferson County Schools to comply with all West Virginia code and policy for providing a safe school environment while executing our duty to establish policy under guidance from the West Virginia Department of Education and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

 Effective Monday, February 21, 2022, a Voluntary Mask Policy will be in place for all Jefferson County Schools employees, students, and visitors on all Jefferson County Schools’ property to include transportation and extra-curricular events.

  •  Any individual experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or any communicable illness should stay home.

  • Any individual with a fever of 100 degrees or above should stay home until they have been fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication.

  • Any individual testing positive for COVID-19 should report their positive result to the school nurse. 

    • If any individual in your home becomes COVID-19 positive, unvaccinated individuals in the household shall quarantine for five days. Fully vaccinated individuals who develop symptoms of covid should test and quarantine for five days.

    • Individuals testing positive for COVID-19 must isolate from day zero through day five. Day zero is defined as the first day you become symptomatic or test positive.

    • It is recommended, not required, that individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 wear a mask on days 6-10.

  •  Jefferson County School nurses will engage in the following level of contact tracing:

    • Reporting all COVID-19 positive cases for students and staff to WVDHHR.

    • Weekly completion of the WVDHHR reporting portal on-line.

    • Notification to parents and caregivers of a COVID-19 positive test result in a student’s class.*

  •  Quarantine decisions and notifications, per WVDHHR written/direction and state code, give authority and implementation to the Jefferson County Health Department and the WV Bureau of Public Health.

  • Jefferson County Schools has adopted the state’s free Test to Stay program. COVID-19 testing is available through the program for any staff member and students who obtain permission from a parent or guardian. Staff and students may take an initial test then test again on day five. Please contact your school nurse for more information about the available Test to Stay option.

*To ensure consistent communication, please make sure the contact information associated with your family is up-to-date.