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COVID-19 Symptoms

  • Fever or chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea

Our top two priorities this school year are to keep students and staff attending school in person and to keep them healthy. We are committed to doing everything we can to keep our schools open and minimize the spread of COVID-19. In order to do that, we need your help.

We need your help to keep students and staff in schools

We desperately need your help and cooperation to keep our students and staff healthy, so we can keep our schools open. You have the most power to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our schools, by following these simple steps.

Here’s what you and your family can do to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our community and in our schools:

Group exposure notifications and no contact tracing

Following state guidance, we will no longer do contact tracing starting Tuesday, March 1, 2022. The NC Department of Health and Human Services has determined, “individual contact tracing is a less effective tool for responding to the pandemic at this phase.”

Without contact tracing, we will notify entire groups, including students and staff, if someone in that group is diagnosed with COVID-19. 


  • Classes - we will notify an entire class if someone associated with that class has COVID-19.

  • Buses - we will notify an entire bus if someone on that bus has COVID-19.

  • Athletic teams - we will notify the entire team if someone associated with the team has COVID-19.

Health measures at school

Here’s what we’re doing in our schools to minimize the community spread of COVID-19:

Student attendance and expectations

State law no longer gives us the option to move everyone to remote learning or a blended learning option, like A-B days, to reduce the number of students attending in person at the same time. Our Virtual Academy enrollment is closed because it’s full. Even in our Virtual Academy, the state requires us to have a certain number of teachers based on how many students are enrolled. We don’t have any more Virtual Academy teachers, so we can’t enroll any more students in Virtual Academy. 

State law requires students not enrolled in the Virtual Academy to attend school in person. Students marked absent will only be allowed to make-up missed assignments if the absence is excused. Again, state law does not allow us to provide students with instruction packets or remote learning assignments unless their absence is excused. 

Thank you for your understanding, cooperation, and ongoing support of Warren County Schools. Together, we will make this a successful year for all of our students.

Last updated June 6, 2022