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NCDHHS Updates-Collaborative Call - Shared screen with speaker view
Renee Dowdy
36:57
Good morning everyone!☀️
Rebecca Planchard, NCDHHS
37:10
Good morning, everybody!
jennifer solley
37:20
Good morning from Currituck County!
Brooke Hamby
37:39
Good morning everyone.
Mia Murphy
37:45
Good morning, everyone!
Natalie Ivanov (NC DHHS)
39:45
Good morning, everyone!
Rachel Willard
39:52
Rebecca,
Julie Pittman
40:26
Goid morning all!!!
Rachel Willard
41:02
Sorry.. didn't finish.. Rebecca in the tool kit it does not cover the latest antibody quarantine guidance. Will the latest update reflect that language? If not, if we do have a lab that confirms antibodies are we safe to let them continue to go to school? Thank you!
Rachel Willard
41:33
As long as it is in the 3 month window of course
Shannon Stein
43:25
We know that a lot will change over the summer (vaccines for school aged students, case rates, etc) but several districts/charters begin in early August. Can we expect an update for schools on guidance by the end of July for planning? (& to share with families)
Marilyn Pearson
46:36
Are the clusters associated more with indoor or outdoor athletics?
Jeff Wallace
48:16
Are private school athletics included in the athletic-related clusters just presented?
Jodi Wyant
49:03
I think there have been majority outdoor sports active in NCHSAA in the past 30 days.
Alicia Tanner
51:26
How many athletic programs were running in June 2020 (referencing the comparison pie charts)? It seems that many schools were closed across the state at that time.
Stephaine Locklear
52:42
What is end-to-end testing and is their cost associated with that
Ellie Schollmeyer
53:23
We have a screening testing program that was just started with Duke partnership but we aren't getting many families willing to participate and give consent for their child to be tested. Any recommendations
Natalie Ivanov (NC DHHS)
53:46
@Shelly - for the vendor option, we are leaving it open to the vendor to propose. We'll then pull in our lab SMEs to analyze their proposal to make sure it is an effective test. I'd expect a mix of antigen and PCR tests to be used
Brooke Hamby
54:04
Are schools accepting any antibody testing for exposed school attendees to return to school prior to end of quarantine?
john.basilice
54:20
Is there a specific change in the guidance for immunized students 16+?
Natalie Ivanov (NC DHHS)
54:33
@Stephanie - end-to-end testing means a vendor will come to the school to take the sample, process the test, and report the results. NC DHHS will be offering this to schools at no cost
kevin_taylor
55:02
Has the toolkit been updated yet?
Michael Zelek
55:16
Are masks recommended for outdoor sports?
Jeff Wallace
55:46
Thank you.
Natashalyn Snipes
56:37
Are testing kits available just for athletics?
Natalie Ivanov (NC DHHS)
56:37
@Ellie: We have a K12 Comms Toolkit available to schools here. https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/k12commstoolkits. What we have heard from schools is hosting town halls or coffee chats with parents help them get comfortable with the testing program. Giving them an opportunity to see how the testing is done (with photos/videos) and a chance to ask questions goes a long way
Natalie Ivanov (NC DHHS)
56:46
@Ellie: We have a K12 Comms Toolkit available to schools here. https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/k12commstoolkits. What we have heard from schools is hosting town halls or coffee chats with parents help them get comfortable with the testing program. Giving them an opportunity to see how the testing is done (with photos/videos) and a chance to ask questions goes a long way
Natalie Ivanov (NC DHHS)
56:53
@Stephanie - end-to-end testing means a vendor will come to the school to take the sample, process the test, and report the results. NC DHHS will be offering this to schools at no cost
Natalie Ivanov (NC DHHS)
56:59
@Shelly - for the vendor option, we are leaving it open to the vendor to propose. We'll then pull in our lab SMEs to analyze their proposal to make sure it is an effective test. I'd expect a mix of antigen and PCR tests to be used
steve ellis
57:37
Graduation restrictions
Natalie Ivanov (NC DHHS)
57:56
@Natashalyn: You can request the BinaxNOW antigen tests for the purpose of athletic testing only, yes. Though we recommend exploring additional testing programs :)
Sarah
58:12
How is ‘crowded’ defined? Less than 6 ft apart?
Stephen Gay
58:20
What about mask during recess?
Carol Earnhardt
58:47
Could you also provide tests for band camps and choir camps this summer?
Crystal Bonville
58:56
Do staff need to wear masks during car duty, while outside?
Natalie Ivanov (NC DHHS)
59:05
@Carol - yes! Tests are available for summer camps
Mark Byrd
01:00:14
Please clarify recommendations in terms of masks for students on playgrounds and for adults supervising students outdoors, such as those working morning car lines.
Rhonda Schuhler
01:00:15
The issue of masks and crowds is concerning. I hope that it will be addressed in the new guidance. There is a perception based on the latest guidance from the Governor's office that masks outside are no longer a thing, and we are getting hit on this by parents who want to eliminate masks for outdoor graduations, athletic events and culminating activities that are outdoors.
Rhonda Schuhler
01:00:30
The issue of masks and crowds is concerning. I hope that it will be addressed in the new guidance. There is a perception based on the latest guidance from the Governor's office that masks outside are no longer a thing, and we are getting hit on this by parents who want to eliminate masks for outdoor graduations, athletic events and culminating activities that are outdoors.
Rhonda Schuhler
01:01:35
And the outdoor/mask issue is complicated by the fact that we still have to contact trace and quarantine without differentiating between indoors and outdoors.
Brandon Roeder - NCDPI - (He/His)
01:01:43
Might be great to do it with the Arts professional organizations especially with the discussion around aerosols: NC Music Educators Assoc., NC Dance Educators, and NC Theatre Arts Educators
Tammy Finch
01:03:47
How do schools get signed up to participate in the screening testing program?
Shannon Stein
01:03:59
When can we expect a Toolkit update? (i.e. with outside mask mandate removed to “recommendation”)
Natalie Ivanov (NC DHHS)
01:07:15
@Tammy - Districts will be given the opportunity to opt into Phase 3. A survey was sent out to Districts last week to start gauging interest.
lucinda.ourant
01:08:01
Does the preliminary ABC data on in-school transmission support the possibility of dropping in school contact tracing and exclusion of classroom contacts? It seems we are excluding a high number of classroom contacts with minimal evidence of associated transmission, to the detriment of academic engagement. Do we see a possible progression of excluding household contacts and athletic contacts given those are proven to be high transmission based on the data? Thank you.
Blair Rhoades
01:08:47
Hi all. DHHS shared this language with DPI last week about masks. Sharing as we see a lot of questions seeking clarity:NCDHHS is working to update all state guidance, including the StrongSchoolsNC Toolkit, in alignment with Governor Cooper’s updated executive order that will lift mask requirements when outside beginning Friday, April 30th. The Toolkit should be updated in accordance with the updated executive order by Tuesday of next week, May 4th. Schools may lift mask restrictions when outdoors beginning tomorrow, April 30 when Executive Order 209 takes effect.See the text below for the updated masking requirements for schools outlined in the executive order.2.1.Face Coverings Required In Public Places, Indoors Only.The undersigned enacts the following restriction on the movement of people in public places and restriction on the operation of offices, business establishments, schools, and other places where people may travel or congregate: for any place outside the home or living accommodations...
Blair Rhoades
01:08:55
including but not limited to businesses, schools, and other establishments and spaces, Face Coverings must be worn indoors if anyone else is in that space who is not a member of the same household.These requirements shall apply to all people at least five (5) years old, unless an exception applies. These requirements are recommended for all people over the age of two (2) years old.2.8 Schools.In all public school units, as defined by N.C. Gen. Stat. § 1 l 5C-5(7a), and all nonpublic schools covered by Article 39 of Chapter l 15C of the General Statutes, all workers, teachers, Guests, other adults and children five (5) years or older must wear Face Coverings when indoors, at all times, unless an exception applies
Carol Earnhardt
01:10:17
Not sure if you are aware but the NFHS just released a report of a year long study on aerosol transmission in performing arts. The study produced mitigation strategies that were found to greatly decrease COVID transmission between choir, band, and orchestra members: https://scholar.colorado.edu/concern/articles/hq37vp75r
Rhonda Schuhler
01:10:28
We received it, but still have many questions about impact in crowds.
Meredith
01:10:32
So for our younger children, who are unvaccinated, are they allowed to remove their masks outside during recess?
Angela Dawson
01:11:12
Can students sing outside without masks
Tammy Finch
01:11:17
The executive order discusses crowded areas and areas where 6 feet can't be guaranteed...crowds and no 6 feet describes recess! Seems we should keep masking at recess.....
Rhonda Schuhler
01:12:07
Is it recommended that we not require masks when we are having outdoor activities such as graduation (potentially more than 1000 together) without any way to guarantee social distancing or determine who has been vaccinated?
Rebecca Shipman
01:13:56
outdoor PE classes can also be unmasked?
Carol Earnhardt
01:16:00
Not sure if you are aware but the NFHS just released a report of a year long study on aerosol transmission in performing arts. The study produced mitigation strategies that were found to greatly decrease COVID transmission between singers and instrumentalists: https://scholar.colorado.edu/concern/articles/hq37vp75r
Angela Dawson
01:16:03
If a class takes place outside under a large tent separated by 6ft, are masks required?
Denise Patterson
01:16:49
What is the thought regarding bands playing at graduations (inside or outside)?
Michael Zelek
01:17:00
What if you're exercising in place (e.g., aerobics)
Brandon Roeder - NCDPI - (He/His)
01:17:25
So are we recommending outdoor and masked singers/instrumentalists?
john.basilice
01:17:52
So....is that a prohibition against signing outside? Can that be done within the Executive Order?
Rhonda Schuhler
01:18:00
When the term "recommended" is used with regard to masks outdoors, is it being recommended that districts require this, or is it a recommendation that we make to our families and we leave the choice to them?
Tanya Turner
01:18:32
Our band has bell covers which is a type of mask over the end of the band instrument to prevent spread of air droplets.
Stephanie Ellis
01:18:37
What about indoor band vs. outdoor?
Rebecca Shipman
01:18:37
most kids are unvaccinated. just for clarity, only vaccinated students can be unmasked outside when not actively exercising but ALL students vaccinated or not can be unmasked when active?
Pat Hall - NCMEA
01:19:01
There are mitigation technique guidelines for singing and playing instruments that can be used outdoors as well as indoors.
Pat Hall - NCMEA
01:19:40
There are mitigation technique guidelines for singing and playing instruments that can be used outdoors as well as indoors.
Brooke Hamby
01:21:42
I have been asked by a charter school if antibody results can be used to decrease total quarantine length. The exact question asked is in the following quotes... " if a student brings a positive Covid-19 Rapid Antibody test, do they have to continue the quarantine process?I have a positive IgM and IgG result that was turned in today. It looks like there are three different types of positive antibody tests with different recommendations for each and we are unsure what is acceptable to use for returning to school."
Mark Byrd
01:21:55
When the toolkit is updated, I hope it can be more specific than what we have heard today.
Scott Elliott
01:22:44
I apologize that I didn't quite understand this earlier, but will an updated Toolkit be sent out today? Many thanks to you all! Scott
Brooke Hamby
01:22:44
My thought is that IgM is more indicative of recent infection/exposure. Not sure this lab result gives clarity for reducing the length of quarantine.
Barbara Cohen
01:23:42
Would you address the guidelines for Indoor Graduation ceremonies?What are the space requirements? Number of people? And so on
Angela Dawson
01:24:09
If a class takes place outside while students are seated at least 6 ft apart, are masks required?
Rebecca Planchard, NCDHHS
01:25:19
Hi everyone! Great questions about masking outdoors - which shows you are thinking through what is required versus recommended. Dr. Tilson walked through with the group a few hypotheticals about higher risk activities taking place outdoors where masking would definitely be recommended. The newest Executive Order lifts masking requirements for outdoors, and the StrongSchools guidance will be updated this week, as usual, in alignment with those changes. Masking remains recommended especially for individuals who are unvaccinated. You all have been doing such a great job coordinating locally with your Local Health Departments and considering ways you can do your best to lower risk of the spread of COVID - including screening testing, encouraging vaccinations, and practicing the 3Ws. You'll need to keep on making these challenging decisions, and working with your local health and legal partners to ensure you are making the best local decisions that you can. Thank you for all you are doing!
cvenable
01:31:31
Great job and presentation, Leigh Anna!
Scott Elliott
01:32:08
Watauga has now held 2 vaccine clinics for students 16+, and look forward to doing so for 12+. Lots of appreciation from parents.
Tabitha Broadway
01:32:12
I feel good about the recommendations for outside gatherings, but if there is an event inside that allows attendees with the 50% capacity, are students required to be seated 6 feet apart? For example, a senior awards ceremony in a gymnasium with 200 students seated on the gym floor (in chairs) with parents in the stands...
Rebecca Planchard, NCDHHS
01:32:13
Fantastic job, Leigh Anna!
Melisa Jessup
01:32:15
Great work Leigh Anna Marbert and Asheboro City Schools Team! Good examples of strong partnerships working in concert together.
Brooke Hamby
01:32:29
In regard to masking outdoors, quarantine and exclusions in our distict, we are having a lot of push back from parents when we do not have exact verbiage to back up our actions. We have had parents threaten legal action against the district due to exclusions of students for being a close contact or household contact to a presumptive positive case. I realize every situation cannot be laid out, however the verbiage surrounding household contacts was removed from the toolkit and it has caused a lot of unrest in our parent population. Also, we have pre-K locations on our k-12 school campuses and their toolkit still has the verbiage for household contacts and requires screening upon arrival which can complicate morning entry to the building. Are there plans to have these sets of guidance match?
Jessica Swencki
01:32:33
Updated graduation guidance is located on pages 22-23 in the Lighting Our Way Forward document. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1z5Mp2XzOOPkBYN4YvROz4YOyNIF2UoWq9EZfrjvN4x8/edit?usp=sharing
Rhonda Schuhler
01:32:38
One more question- is contact tracing guidance changing? We are quarantining at high levels, and as restrictions become loosened but contact tracing guidelines remain the same it becomes increasingly challenging.
Jenni Pleasant
01:33:43
Thank you Leigh Anna! Awesome stuff!
Stephanie Ellis
01:33:56
Great Job Leigh Anna!
Mark Byrd
01:36:13
My confusion stems from the statement "recommended for those who are unvaccinated." I am not sure how we are to know the vaccination status of those who come on to our campuses for events. This is not a complaint, but just wanted to clarify what has caused some of my confusion.
Blair Rhoades
01:36:38
Yes Dr. Stegall!!