School Operations-Health & Safety Procedures

Last Updated: 8/13/2021 5:55 PM

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t 6, 2021


Mitigation Strategies

  • NCS will promote vaccination as a public health strategy for ending COVID-19 by offering Vaccination Clinics through the Virginia Department of Health at school sites throughout the year, specifically, before the start of school in the fall. Promoting vaccination can help our schools safely return to in-person learning, as well as participating in extracurricular activities and sports. 

  • Universal masking of all students, employees, and visitors in accordance with SB 1303 and CDC guidelines. Consistent and correct mask use by people is important, especially indoors, when physical distancing cannot be maintained. 

  • Norton City Schools will adhere to three feet of social distancing in classrooms to the greatest extent possible.

  • Universal masks for all students and school personnel while indoors will be in accordance with CDC guidelines and SB 1303 and masks will be mandatory on school buses in accordance with federal regulations.

  • Ventilation, handwashing, and respiratory etiquette, staying home when sick, and getting tested will be encouraged. Information about symptoms of COVID-19 and daily self screening information will be made available to parents on the Division website, social media outlets, School Messenger, and electronic school signage. 

  • Cleaning and disinfecting school buildings and buses will occur daily, or more often as needed. 

  • Sanitizing stations and other necessary supplies will be available in each classroom and throughout the school buildings for use. 

  • Students, teachers, and staff will be made aware that they should stay home when they have signs of infectious illness and to visit their healthcare provider for testing and care. 

  • NCS will monitor community transmission and occurrence of outbreaks to guide decisions on the extent of layered prevention strategies necessary at any given time. 

  • Virginia Department of Health COVID- 19 Metrics will be monitored weekly to help make informed decisions:


  • Community Transmission is measured by a scale: Low, Moderate, Substantial, and High.

  • Norton City Schools may apply the School Metrics to the Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools through Phased Prevention:

  • If Norton City Schools and/or the locality is in Low or Moderate = Masks are strongly recommended for all students, teachers, staff and visitors (PK-12), while indoors. 

  • If Norton City Schools and/or the locality is in Substantial or High = Universal masking will be necessary while indoors and for students, teachers, staff, and visitors.

  • Additionally, the following mitigation strategies will be implemented:

    • Additional Screening measures 

    • Greater distancing in all settings, including meals

    • Limited classroom changes

    • Norton City Schools will continue to monitor health metrics and recommendations from the CDC, VDH, and VDOE

  • Norton City Schools will work with VDH to determine any operational status change due to increased COVID-19 cases for individual classes, schools, or the school division.

  • Updates for Athletics and Extracurricular Activities will be provided when necessary.

  • Schools will have masks available.



Updated 8/6/2021