Find the most current information about New Mask Requirements, School Opening & Closing Times, Staggered Kindergarten Entrance, and more! 

2021-2022 Updates & Resources

Welcome to a new school year! Wayne County Public Schools is excited for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year and welcoming all of our students back following the summer break. Please check back to this site periodically in the coming days for important updates!

NEW: Mask Requirements
On August 17, 2021, the Wayne County Board of Education (in a 6-1 vote) required that students (Grades PreK-13), staff, volunteers, and visitors wear masks at school to help reduce student quarantines. The new mask requirements take effect beginning Wednesday, August 18.  In accordance with the NCDHHS StrongSchoolsNC: Public Health Toolkit (K-12) requirements, students exposed to someone with COVID-19 at school (within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes) will not have to be excluded from school (for up to 10 days) if they along with the person they were exposed to are wearing a mask. Athletic rules specific to masks will continue to be handled in accordance with NCHSAA and CDC guidelines.

COVID-19 Reporting & Communications
While the district will not release confidential student or staff information, “close contacts” (individuals within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes) who may have been potentially exposed to a person with COVID-19 will be directly notified through contact tracing. Only close contacts and families of students who are close contacts will be notified in the event of an exposure. No school-wide alerts will be occurring. Families, staff and the public can use the district’s COVID-19 Weekly Dashboard to view the total number of individuals who have recently been on a school or district support area campus who have tested positive for COVID-19 during the previous week.  

Hearing Screenings (Grades K, 1, & 2)
Hearing screenings for Kindergarten, first and second grade students will take place district-wide on September 7, 8 and 9. Parents who do not want their child’s hearing screened should inform their child’s teacher in writing by Thursday, September 2. Parents will be notified of the results only if a child does NOT pass. All students who do not pass or who were absent on screening day will receive a follow-up screening by the WCPS audiologist. Parents with questions should contact the speech-language pathologist at their child’s school.

Kindergarten Staggered Entrance
WCPS Kindergarten students will have a staggered entry, Monday, August 23, through Thursday, August 26. Essentially, students will be split into four smaller groups, with students attending school on one of the four days. On Friday, August 27, all Kindergarten students in a class will attend school together. Families should be on the lookout for information from their child's school regarding which day their child will attend. Families who have questions can feel free to contact their child's school.

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