2022–23 COVID-19 Policies and Protocols
Ensuring the health and safety of our students and staff is always our top priority. As we have throughout the pandemic, Country Day will continue to follow CDC and Mecklenburg County Public Health Department recommendations and guidelines in making decisions relevant to the health of our community.
The CDC COVID-19 Community Levels are a tool to help communities decide what prevention steps to take based on the latest data. We will also continue to partner with Atrium Health to provide insight, additional guidance, and support where needed. The priority remains to maintain teaching and learning on-campus, and all risk mitigation efforts are towards that end.
Based on the current phase of the pandemic, available data, and existing prevention measures, both the CDC and Mecklenburg County Health Department’s school guidance focuses on layering prevention strategies, including recommending indoor masking in schools at high COVID-19 Community Level.
- Our best risk-mitigation tool is staying home with symptoms. Students, employees, and visitors should NOT come to campus if they have tested positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms of illness.
- On August 11, Mecklenburg County moved to the Covid-19 Medium Community Level. As such, masks are optional rather than recommended per the CDC and Mecklenburg County Public Health Department. Please note that the level may bump up and down over the next few weeks between medium and high. We will keep our Covid-19 website updated and communicate via BucsNOW if the county level changes to high, thus necessitating a change to a mask recommended policy.
- As universal contact tracing is not recommended for schools, individual contact tracing will not be done by the school. However, students and employees must inform our nurses of COVID-19 positive cases, and the COVID-19 dashboard will be maintained and updated regularly.
- We will continue to implement cleaning protocols, including proper hygiene, handwashing/sanitizing stations, tissues and paper towels, disinfectant wipes or spray, and gloves where appropriate.
- We will aim to run school operations as normally as possible—including lunch, visitors, events, and extra-curricular activities—with the understanding that we may need to make adjustments depending on the event/activity.
Head of School
Director of Marketing and Communications
Masanori Toguchi and Monica Erb
Head of Lower School
Head of Middle School
Head of Upper School
Wendy Barber, Sharon Ferris, and Gwen Nix