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COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan

Guiding Principles for COVID-19 Health and Safety at the Arts Based School

The Arts Based School will:

  • consider the safety and wellness of students and staff, first and foremost;
  • respond to the needs of vulnerable and high-needs populations;
  • be adaptable and flexible with the ability to move throughout the academic year based on public health needs;
  • synergize multiple operational and academic factors to develop effective plans;
  • ensure engagement of all voices represented in the school; and
  • maintain consistent communication with students, families, and staff to ensure respect and success within the evolving COVID pandemic.

Our Health and Safety Plan is designed in adherence to the requirements, recommendations, and guidance of public health officials, including the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and Center for Disease Control. The plan is also compliant with all Executive Orders issued by the Governor’s Office and NC State Board of Education.

The school will continue to implement layers of mitigation efforts to minimize the spread and exposure of COVID-19 while students and staff are in the school setting. Some of the previous practices have been eliminated that are not supported by current evidence based on the Strong School NC Public Health Toolkit.


All students will participate in in-person learning on a regular, full-time schedule.

We are unable to provide remote learning for students enrolled at ABS. As a charter school, we are not permitted to conduct virtual learning.

Students and staff will maintain social distancing of 3 feet between K-8 students within school settings to the greatest extent possible without excluding students from full-time, in-person learning.

As of March 7, 2022, masking is optional in all school buildings, outdoors, and on buses.

Daily symptom screenings are no longer required at school. Parents are asked to keep students home who have a fever or symptoms of illness.

At the recommendation of the Forsyth County Public Health Department in conjunction with NC DHHS school testing program, weekly COVID surveillance pooled testing is currently on pause. ABS will continue to offer diagnostic testing for students and staff who are having COVID-related symptoms and known exposures.