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  • WS/FCS Adjusting Face Covering Requirements Following State Guidance Changes 

    May 12, 2021 - In accordance with recent updates to the North Carolina StrongSchools Toolkit and COVID-19 related guidance specifically about face coverings, WS/FCS is making slight adjustments to face covering requirements.  Face coverings continue to be required for all staff, guests, and students five or older when indoors, always. The update, which WS/FCS will follow, now states that face coverings are not required when outside for activities such as recess, outdoor class settings, or when students participate in an outdoor PE class.  Physical distancing of 6 feet should continue to be followed when students are in congregate environments. Adults and staff should continue practicing 6 feet of physical distancing at all times when they congregate.

    WS/FCS To End COVID-19 Symptom Screenings

    April 27, 2021 – Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools will end COVID-19 symptom screenings when students, adults, and any visitors enter our buildings effective Monday, May 3, 2021.

    The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and the CDC no longer recommends or requires the screening, which includes a temperature check. Guidance from state and federal agencies now says that symptom screening is no longer seen as an effective way to reduce spread.

    We will still require face coverings to be worn at all times and we will still practice physical distancing. We are also asking parents to continue to let us know if a student has had close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, had any symptoms, or been diagnosed with COVID-19.

    Some of the reasons for ending COVID-19 screenings include:

    • The daily symptom screening checklist is no longer required or recommended for students in NC K-12 Schools per NCDHHS StrongSchools Toolkit.
    • NCDHHS says screening for adults is OPTIONAL, but no longer required.
    • The Forsyth County Department of Public Health has recommended an end date for screening saying the screening is no longer necessary or effective.
    • The CDC does not currently recommend schools conduct symptom screening as it is no longer seen as an effective mitigation strategy.
    • The CDC calls COVID-19 Symptom screening limited and ineffective.
    • Symptom screening has been found to fail to identify some students/adults who have the virus.
    • Symptom screening might require unnecessary close contact or frequent interaction between screeners (school personnel or volunteers) and multiple students.
    • Symptom screening has the potential to exclude certain students repeatedly, such as those with chronic medical conditions, from school even though they do not have COVID-19 or any contagious illness.
    • Parents and guardians must still closely monitor children for the symptoms.
    • Students who are sick or experiencing symptoms should not attend school in-person.
    • Adults should be encouraged to monitor themselves for symptoms and not attend school or work if they are experiencing symptoms.
    • The temperature check is considered part of the “Symptom Screening Process” and therefore not necessary.
    • The mask mandate still applies. All students, staff members, and visitors must wear appropriate face coverings while inside all WS/FCS buildings and facilities.
    • Physical distancing will still be practiced as much as possible in all WS/FCS schools and facilities.

    New signage has been prepared for all schools and district buildings and will be in place by May 3.

  • What will happen if a student comes to school exhibiting symptoms?

  • Do bus riders still need to complete the quarterly attestations?

  • What is the timing for moving to Plan A?

  • When do I have to decide between in-person or remote learning for my student? How do I register my decision?

  • What about students who attend magnet or choice schools who need transportation? Now that we are moving to Plan A, will WS/FCS be providing transportation?

  • If we initially choose fully remote, can we change to in-person once we see how our school implements Plan A?

  • Why do we need a FLEX day?

  • How does Plan A differ from the current Plan B?

  • If I choose to keep my student fully remote because of transportation, and then WS/FCS is able to extend transportation, can we change to in-person learning?

  • As of April 19, there will just be a little over 7 weeks left in the school year, why make this change now?

  • Why are we not following 6 feet of physical distancing in our schools?

  • What options will we have for remote learning for the 2021-22 school year?

Open Book Podcast May 2021

  • Covid-19 Dashboard

    At the beginning of 2021, we updated our COVID-19 dashboard to reflect current reported confirmed cases the district has been made aware of. This will be the place to look for general positive case information related to your school or office.

    Current reported confirmed cases are defined as cases that indicate a lab result confirming the diagnosis. For them to be considered current the individual will be within their 10 day isolation period. Once this period has concluded, the case will be removed from the dashboard based on the NC StrongSchools Toolkit guidance. Isolation periods begin the day after the reported symptoms start of if no symptoms, the reported date of the test.

    Beginning this semester, our contact tracing team’s full attention on Close Contacts is our primary focus. Those deemed as Close Contacts will receive individual contact from our contact tracing team. We will discontinue general notification about a positive case in a school or location as that will be posted on this dashboard. We will concentrate on making sure those that are Close Contacts are informed and have information on the next steps. Click here for the CDC's current definition of a Close Contact.

    The dashboard will be updated by 5 p.m. each weekday (excluding holidays). The weekend data will be reflected on Mondays and the holiday data will be reflected on the first day the district is open after the holiday. Reported cases are to remain isolated until medically released by Public Health Officials. The dashboard is best viewed in Chrome or Firefox browsers.

    2/12/2021 - Dashboard Update -  In an effort to continually improve our processes, simplfy our reporting and provide clear, transparent information, we have made a few updates to the Dashboard.  Thanks to some valuable feedback we have worked to make the Daily Case Count Graph easier to understand.  Please note that the graph is a look into newly reported, confirmed cases that are reported to the district on the day reflected. Monday will always seem higher as it also includes cases reported to us over the weekend. 

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Manuals & Guidebooks

  • Guidebook for Families - English

    Guidebook for Families - English

    Our Safe Return Guidebook for Families—in both English and Spanish—is designed to provide you with critical information so that together we can provide the best possible experience for our students.

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  • Guidebook for Families - Spanish

    Guidebook for Families - Spanish

    Our Safe Return Guidebook for Families—in both English and Spanish—is designed to provide you with critical information so that together we can provide the best possible experience for our students.

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WS/FCS Equity Statement

  • Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools is committed to creating equitable learning environments for all students, developing collaborative partnerships with families and stakeholders who represent our diverse community, ensuring equitable distribution of services and resources, and building a culture of equity that will improve the life chances of all students.