COVID-19 Protocol

  • Cabell County Schools has developed the following protocol based on guidance provided by the West Virginia Department of Education. The full guidance document can be found below.

    This protocol is subject to change at any time based on revised guidance provided by West Virginia Department of Education and state officials.

Universal Mask Requirements

  • PreK through 12th Grade and Adult Programs Students and Staff

    To ensure continuity of in person learning, beginning September 3rd, 2021, all staff and PreK-12 and adult program students will adhere to the following mask requirements: 

    • All staff, students, and visitors regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status are required to wear masks in school buildings unless an underlying health condition precludes mask use. If such a condition is present, then a Student Face Covering Exemption form must be completed by a healthcare provider. Employees with a documented medical condition prohibiting the wearing of a face mask should consult with the appropriate personnel office regarding the process for requesting an exemption.

    • Face coverings are not required outdoors but may be worn if individuals are more comfortable doing so. 

    • All staff and students, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status, are required to wear masks on school busses unless an underlying health condition precludes mask use. If such a condition is present, then a Face Covering Exemption form must be completed by a healthcare provider (Form is available for download below). 

    • Employees with a documented medical condition prohibiting the wearing of a face mask should consult with the appropriate personnel office regarding the process for requesting an exemption.

    • Regarding music, band and choir classes, singers must wear masks indoors. Music, band, singing and choir instruction shall still occur.

    • Gaiters and face shields are not approved substitutes for a face mask.

    • A staff member who is alone in their classroom or other office area may remove their mask if no other students or staff are present.

    • Staff members conducting meetings in offices or classrooms should wear masks, unless all adults have been vaccinated and remain more than six (6) feet apart.

    • Students are not required to wear a face mask while actively eating or drinking during school mealtimes.

    • If Cabell County is designated Green, Yellow or Gold on the WV DHHR (Department of Health and Human Resources) Map for a period of not less than 5 days the use of face mask for K-12 and adult program students and staff is not required but is strongly encouraged for unvaccinated individuals.  

     
    PreK Students and Staff

    • Students in PreK programs are required to wear face masks throughout the day, with the understanding that there will be a learning period for our youngest Pre-K students. Parents of PreK students are asked to send their child to school with a face mask. Face masks will also be provided for any student who may need one. Correct face mask wearing will be taught and encouraged with positive reinforcement. 
       
    • All PreK staff and visitors, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status, are required to wear masks in school buildings unless an underlying health condition precludes mask use. Employees with a documented medical condition prohibiting the wearing of a face mask should consult the appropriate personnel office regarding the process for requesting an exemption. 

Student Medical Exemption Form

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While at School

    • Frequent handwashing and proper coughing and sneezing hygiene will be encouraged. 

    • Hand sanitizer and masks will be provided during the school day and at extracurricular events for students, staff and community members who wish to use them.

    • Desk shields are not required in classroom settings, but may be used by students at their request.

    • Schools may limit large group gatherings within their facilities and will encourage social distancing when possible.

Preventative Measures

    • Parents are encouraged to monitor their children for symptoms and keep them home if they are ill.

    • COVID-19 vaccinations for eligible students and staff are highly recommended. 

    • The district will work collaboratively with the Cabell-Huntington Health Department to conduct contact tracing and to monitor community spread.

    • The district is currently working with the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources to develop screening and testing programs for students and staff.

    • Custodial positions have been added to ensure frequent and thorough cleaning of school facilities.

    • A dedicated nurse is employed at each school to encourage goodpersonal hygience practices and to help address suspected COVID-19 cases quickly.
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