North Carolina schools switching to new COVID-19 guidelines for students

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – North Carolina is making some changes as students head back to school in the coming days.

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services has announced new COVID-19 guidelines in its StrongSchools NC Toolkit, which outlines rules for schools in the state to follow.

Students who are fully vaccinated will no longer have to quarantine if they’re exposed to the virus, as long as they don’t feel sick. Children will now be considered fully vaccinated if they’ve gotten all shots available for their age group.

“I think the most meaningful change there has been the decrease in the exclusion time from school. Having students in class is our goal especially with all they’ve missed over the last couple of years,” said Brent Anderson with Onslow County Schools.

Any student who is exposed to COVID-19 but not up-to-date on shots will have to quarantine for five days.

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