|Screening and Quarantine
||CCPS will continue to provide a COVID Dashboard on the school system’s website. Here, parents and guardians will be able to find the latest information regarding COVID-positive cases. CCPS will also continue to send weekly messages informing parents and guardians of the latest guidance for self-screening from the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) and MSDE.
If a student must quarantine due to COVID-19 exposure, he/she will participate in asynchronous learning through the learning management system (either Schoology or Google Classroom). Learning resources will be readily available and students will be able to turn in completed work and communicate with their teachers. In addition, each school will have staff dedicated to supporting students in quarantine. These staff will be available to speak with students and families during the school day, and coordinate any needed academic or social-emotional support.
||Last school year, CCPS provided commercial air purifiers to schools for all student instructional spaces and some designated office areas. These air purifiers will remain in use. In addition, school health suites will continue to have industrial air filtration units in operation and Plexiglas barriers will continue to be provided in high volume reception areas. To the extent practicable, schools have the flexibility to arrange layouts and schedules to space students where possible.
|Personal Protective Equipment
||Per Governor Hogan’s termination of the Executive Order Requiring Use of Face Coverings in Certain Circumstances, masks became optional for employees, students, and visitors in CCPS effective July 1, 2021. CCPS will continue to provide hand sanitizer and soap for schools as we did last year. CCPS maintains quantities of PPE including gloves, gowns and face shields. CCPS will also provide a supply of masks, including kn95 masks to any student or staff who requests them.
|Cleaning and Disinfecting
||CCPS will clean schools and facilities daily. Particular attention will be paid to high touch areas and surfaces. CCPS maintains supplies of approved disinfectant in each school and facility. Each school also has disinfecting mister machines that will be used to respond to areas of exposure.
||With a return to full in-person learning in the 2021-22 school year, CCPS will return to traditional full service. To the extent possible based on ridership, drivers may space students on the bus. When possible, windows and roof hatches will be opened to increase ventilation. As with last year, CCPS will provide disinfectant products and spray bottles to contractors for the driver and attendant to disinfect the high touch areas on the bus as appropriate. Based on a federal order being enforced by MSDE, masks are required on school buses for students, drivers, and assistants. Under the federal order, the mask requirement does not apply to children under 2 years of age, or a person with a disability who cannot wear a mask, or cannot safely wear a mask.
||All students will have access to a free breakfast and a free lunch during the instructional day.
|Identifying Close Contacts
||In order to support contact tracing efforts of the Carroll County Health Department, CCPS will continue to identify close contacts of students or staff members who meet the criteria for COVID-19 exposure, such as testing positive for COVID-19 or identifying as COVID-19 probable.
||This year, CCPS will be operating a COVID-19 testing center on the property of Westminster High School to provide free COVID-19 tests for students and staff who develop COVID-like symptoms or are identified as close contacts while they are in school.