Roanoke Rapids Graded Schools continues to work with national, state, and Halifax County Public Health officials regarding the COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
At this moment, The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is NOT recommending school closures at this time because children have not been shown to be at high risk for serious cases of COVID-19. Additionally, closing schools would put a strain on our workforce, including healthcare and emergency workers who are essential to the COVID-19 response. As much as possible, children should be allowed to carry on with their education and normal activities.
As you are aware, we have canceled field trips and sports activities. We have also been proactive in our efforts by providing hand sanitizer stations in high traffic areas and encouraging proper hand hygiene.
The district is following CDC guidelines and will be reviewing updates daily to determine our best next steps in prevention efforts.
Children who have underlying health conditions, such as weakened immune systems, that put them at higher risk for severe COVID-19 illness and caregivers of children with underlying health conditions, should consult with healthcare providers about whether their children should stay home.
For people who are sick:
Stay home when you are sick.
Do not go out in public when you are sick.
If you are ill in any way, call your doctor's office first before going in.
Do not go to the emergency room unless you are experiencing a medical emergency.
Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs.
If you have symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, stay home and self-isolate until you have contacted a healthcare professional.