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NC Department of Health & Human Services Requirements

Guidelines include:

  • Teach and reinforce handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and/or the safe use of hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol by staff and older children.
  • Allow time between classroom activities for proper cleaning and disinfection of high-touch surfaces Limit sharing of personal items and supplies in the classroom such as writing utensils.
  • Keep students' personal items separate and in individually labeled cubbies, containers, or lockers.
  • Limit use of classroom material to small groups and disinfect between uses or provide adequate supplies to assign for individual student use.

OCS preparations include:

  • Arrange seating/desks to allow for physical distancing. NCDHHS recommends at least 6 feet apart when feasible.
  • Assign seating to help track virus spread if a student/staff tests positive for COVID-19.
  • Turn desks to face the same direction (rather than facing each other), or have students sit on only one side of tables, spaced apart.
  • Install physical barriers, such as sneeze guards and partitions, particularly in areas where it is difficult for individuals to remain at least six feet apart (i.e., reception desks).
  • Provide physical guides, such as tape on floors or sidewalks and signs on walls, to ensure that staff and children remain at least 6 feet apart in lines and at other times (i.e., guides for creating “one-way routes” in hallways).