Health & Safety Protocol

  • COVID Dashboard
  • COVID Guidelines
  • Athletic Guidance
  • Employee COVID-19 Reporting Form
  • Exclusion Criteria
  • Face Coverings
  • Health & Safety Protocol
  • Safe Return to In-Person Instruction & Continuity of Service Plan
    • If a student is diagnosed with COVID-19,  the individual/parent should contact the school and report the diagnosis to the COVID Point Person.  Staff should report using the FCS Employee COVID-19 Reporting Form. The individual may not return to any FCS school or facility until all three of the following criteria are met:
    • at least 24 hours have passed since recovery (including the absence of fever, vomiting and diarrhea without the use of medications - Tylenol, Advil, Pepto-Bismol, etc.);
    • the individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath);


    • at least five days have passed since symptoms first appeared.  The first day of symptoms is considered day zero.
    • **Students and staff with positive test results will be required to wear a well-fitted mask through day 10 from onset of symptoms or positive test result.  **For positive test results without symptoms, the date of the test is considered day zero.
    • If a student or staff member has symptoms that may be related to COVID-19 and they want to return to school before completing the above criteria, the individual must:
    • provide written documentation of a negative COVID-19 PCR test. Results from rapid antigen and/or home  tests will not be accepted;


    • obtain a medical professional’s note clearing the individual for return based on an alternative diagnosis 


    •  be free of fever, vomiting and diarrhea for at least 24 hours (without the use of symptom reducing medication - Tylenol, Advil, Pepto Bismol, etc.) along with improvement of other symptoms
    • ****Students and staff who choose not to test or see a health care provider will be presumed positive, required to isolate through day five and  will be required to wear a well-fitted mask through day 10 from onset of symptoms or positive test result.  
    • *Staff who test positive for COVID-19 are required to stay home until approved to return to work by the District.

    If a student or staff member has been in close contact in the past 14 days with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, they should:

    • Monitor well for symptoms of illness (fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, unexplained body aches, sore throat, runny nose, stuffy nose/congestion, vomiting, diarrhea, new onset of severe headache)
    • Test on/after day 5 from the last date of contact
    • Remain at home if any symptoms occur or if they have a positive test result (report development of symptoms and positive test results to the school)
    • Wear a well-fitted face mask around others for at least 10 days after last date of contact

    Franklin County Schools will no longer conduct contact tracing for individual cases.  Students/staff with potential exposure to someone in the school setting will be notified via School Messenger.