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NCDHHS Updates-Collaborative Call - Shared screen with speaker view
Natalie Ivanov (NC DHHS)
39:22
hey! You'll need to stop sharing the screen so I can share
Les Atkins
49:38
There’s still conflicting directives between Strong Schools, NCDHHS, and Governor’s Office as it relates to our schools. When will this up be updated?
Walker Wilson
51:08
Hi Les, can you say more about the inconsistencies you mention?
Rachel Willard
51:14
Will there be an update on the current bill proposed about LEA making the decision about mask use in school?
Elisha Caldwell
54:25
Please share the slides
Mary B Oates
55:10
Is the guidance any different for no quarantine after an exposure for fully vaccinated folks if the exposure is to a household contact/constant exposure versus a short term exposure?
Walker Wilson
55:22
Hi Rachel, I don't have an update on the legislation beyond the Senate is reviewing and the NCGA is not in session this week.
Les Atkins
55:29
We’re still taking temperates for staff but not students as directed. Students wear masks outside during our summer camp for example, play together, etc. but are still required to wear them inside. We get lots of resistance from our parents as a result of this directive.
Rhonda Schuhler
56:00
It is very helpful that you are exploring adjusting the quarantining guidelines to reflect the latest research. Please keep in mind that year round schools are starting back soon, and that guidance would be helpful sooner rather than later.
Rachel Willard
56:18
Thanks Walker!
Walker Wilson
56:35
ABC Science Collaborative Report
Walker Wilson
56:39
https://abcsciencecollaborative.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/ABCs-Final-Report-June-2021.06-esig-DB-KZ-6-29-21.pdf
betsey tilson
58:04
Mary B Oates - fully vaccinated people do not need to quarantine following an exposure regardless of setting of exposure.
Andy Bryan
58:23
As Rhonda noted, it would be very helpful to have quarantine changes as soon as possible.
Susan Thompson
59:04
How do we verify that someone is fully vaccinated?
Susan Thompson
59:51
Any plan to connect NCIR to CVMS ?
Rhonda Schuhler
59:57
My concern is less about staff and more about bringing students back. They are overwhelmingly unvaccinated. If social distancing isn't necessary but masking is, and students are masked but not socially distanced, based on current criteria we would have to potentially large-scale quarantine if there is an exposure.
Susan Siegel
01:00:29
Does the funding include Independent Schools as well?
Wendy Cabral
01:01:03
Is the "no quarantine" still in effect for only 90 days after full vaccination or did that change? My teachers are now outside of that window.
Walker Wilson
01:02:16
Hi Les, let's follow up offline. My email is walker.wilson@dhhs.nc.gov. Masks are only required indoors for camps and temperature checks are no longer required. Feel free to email me. Thanks!
Natalie Ivanov (NC DHHS)
01:02:41
Hi @Susan - Ann is covering it now, but Independent schools can choose to participate via the State Contracted Vendor and Independent Testing options, which are both funded by this grant.
Rhonda Schuhler
01:02:45
For frame of reference, we have year-round students coming back for their first day of school next Friday July 16th.
betsey tilson
01:02:58
Wendy Cabral - the 90 day limit is NO longer in effect.
Vanessa Baker
01:03:39
Where do we get the opt-in form?
Walker Wilson
01:03:47
No quarantine is needed for fully vaccinated individuals unless they develop symptoms and then they should get tested.
Alicia Rheel
01:04:22
Will there be a required weekly testing for all students or does the state work with each LEA or charter to set up an appropriate plan for them?
Mary B Oates
01:04:59
Dr. Tillson: We have had 2 staff test positive after being fully vaccinated after household exposure. One teacher did not quarantine then exposed 8 students in summer school.
Natalie Ivanov (NC DHHS)
01:05:28
Hi @Vanessa - the opt-in form will be emailed out to Superintendents and others (we'll cover this on a later slide). We plan to send the form out soon after we announce the state vendor, which shouldn't be too long now
Natalie Ivanov (NC DHHS)
01:06:17
@Alicia - there is no required minimum testing expectation. The LEA/Charter will be able to set up a plan appropriate for them
Natalie Ivanov (NC DHHS)
01:06:41
Sorry panelists! Just realized I haven't been sending this to all. Will resend my messages...
Natalie Ivanov (NC DHHS)
01:07:01
Hi @Susan - Independent schools can choose to participate via the State Contracted Vendor and Independent Testing options, which are both funded by this grant.
Amanda Allen
01:07:06
Are we allowed to accept the results of these tests for students to remain in schools? Previously the Bionex testing was rapid and required students to go get a PCR result for clearance to return.
Natalie Ivanov (NC DHHS)
01:07:20
Hi @Vanessa - the opt-in form will be emailed out to Superintendents and others (we'll cover this on a later slide). We plan to send the form out soon after we announce the state vendor, which shouldn't be too long now
Amy Heflin
01:07:22
If I feel we have enough nursing staff, but because they are all working less than full time, can our district use the funds to increase their hours to full time?
Ellie Schollmeyer
01:07:23
We have been trying to hire a nurse but have not been getting any candidates. Please let me know if you have RN resources interested in the Durham area. Also wondered if the RN needs to be full time for funding
Natalie Ivanov (NC DHHS)
01:07:29
@Alicia - there is no required minimum testing expectation. The LEA/Charter will be able to set up a plan appropriate for them
Natalie Ivanov (NC DHHS)
01:07:50
Hi @Amy - yes, you can use the funding to increase their hours to full time
Marilyn Pearson
01:07:54
Will there be guidance regarding quarantine adjustments based on masking?
Wendy Kelly Jordan
01:08:08
Our district has been unable to hire highly qualified school nurses because the pay is no commensurate with assigned duties or remotely comparable to the hospital or clinical setting. Is there any discussion of a new pay scale coming for our school nurses?
Susan Siegel
01:08:16
Hi, I am unable to open the links mentioned. Will they be on your website?
Cheryl Turner
01:08:24
Can the funds be used to buy out a contract nurse and move them to school staff?
Walker Wilson
01:08:44
Hi Marilyn, we are reviewing that now and will keep you posted on any changes.
Marilyn Pearson
01:09:04
Thank you.
Mrs. Shaw-She/Her/Hers
01:09:13
Will we get helping in hiring a nurse?
Iulia Vann
01:09:53
Are these funds separate from the ARP funds school districts received directly from the federal government?
Natalie Ivanov (NC DHHS)
01:10:30
Hi Iulia - yes, this is a separate CDC ELC Grant specifically to support K12 Screening Testing
Jennifer Green
01:11:01
Can you speak to the role of local health departments for this project, specifically for hiring staff?
Iulia Vann
01:11:04
Wonderful! Thanks!
Iulia Vann
01:11:38
Do we know already how much Guilford County Schools will receive?
Vanessa Baker
01:13:28
Does the school incur the cost for the actual tests? Or would the school utilize these funds for the testing?
Natalie Ivanov (NC DHHS)
01:13:36
Hey Iulia - we are finalizing numbers now. We plan to let you know shortly. Feel free to email us if you have more specific questions about testing: K12COVIDTesting@dhhs.nc.gov
Natalie Ivanov (NC DHHS)
01:14:04
@Vanessa - The schools can utilize these funds for the testing
Tammy Finch
01:14:13
What is the accuracy of the testing?
Mike Zelek
01:15:34
What proportion of parents consented to screening testing in the pilots?
Anne Smyth
01:16:05
Can you share a potential model of how this screening testing may look like.
Chris Wright
01:17:56
How/where is the testing conducted? Nose, mouth, blood, forehead.
Nurse Amanda
01:18:03
For option 1 - would the vendor staff be coming into the school every day for testing of symptomatic students that present to the nurses office with symptoms? Just wondering what that would look like?
Sarah Davis
01:18:23
If parents would not consent to testing, could the students attend school anyway?
K. Smith
01:19:32
When will the StongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit (K-12) be updated and released for the 2021-22 school year?
Tammy Finch
01:19:45
Are there recommended best practices yet for school screening processes? (How often to test, who to test, etc)
Greg Dirks
01:20:07
Who & what is going to be used with the data collected, will it be a violation of HIPAA
Walker Wilson
01:20:19
HI K - we are reviewing potential updates to the Toolkit now and hope to have more to share by the end of this month. Thanks!
Leslie Cole
01:20:21
What if someone shows symptoms but tests negative on the rapid test given at school? What is the recommended next step?
Travis L. Reeves
01:21:13
Will additional changes be made to the toolkit prior to August? (Masking requirements/recommendations, quarantine length, capacity requirements, if any? etc…) As has been stated, we need to know well before school starts so we can communicate appropriately.
Ryan Hinkleman
01:21:27
Earlier the slide said 98% of people who were unvaccinated were responsible for contracting the virus and/or deaths, what number and percentage were school age kids?
Les Atkins
01:21:49
Being in a more rural area. We’re getting lots of push back from parents on the mask requirement. Schools are the only place they are required at this point. Will DHHS support allowing schools to make this decision locally based on numbers? Considering testing would be an option.
Renee kuzma
01:22:09
Any estimate on toolkit update. We follow these guidelines closely and cannot plan until it’s updated
Walker Wilson
01:22:20
Hi Travis, yes, we understand that the timing of the Toolkit changes and hope to have more to share later this month.
betsey tilson
01:23:23
you can see week by week breakdown of cases by age on our dashboard - https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/dashboard/cases-demographics
K. Smith
01:24:13
Is there a timeline for the Toolkit release? Thanks for looking at it, but a timeline will be helpful as we make plans for the new year that starts soon.
Mike Zelek
01:24:15
Will one vendor be selected for all of NC? Will there be capacity for all districts that opt in?
Tammy Finch
01:25:23
Can anyone speak about the toolkit?
Les Atkins
01:25:29
ToolKit next update?
Natalie Ivanov (NC DHHS)
01:25:57
Thank you for all your questions! If we didn't get to yours or you have additional questions, feel free to reach out to us here: K12COVIDTesting@dhhs.nc.gov
Jennifer Green
01:26:24
Can you speak to the role of local health departments?
Blair Rhoades
01:27:31
huge thanks to all our DHHS colleagues who joined. and huge thank you for your help fielding these questions. i know it's a bit rapid fire but it's SO appreciated by our friends in the field!
Mark Byrd
01:27:33
When toolkit is updated, can we get some clarity about returning to cafeterias? We need information along these lines in order to make staffing decisions. It would be beneficial to get this information soon.