School Update Center

Text COVIDNC to 898211 to get updates about NC’s response to the Coronavirus

Rutherford County COVID-19 Medical Screening Hotline 828.289.1185

NC COVID-19 Helpline: 1.866.462.3821

Created March 2020. Revised regularly in coordination with developing guidance from the North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services

Lake Lure Classical Academy values the health and wellness of students, employees, families, and our broader community. Our Leadership Team carefully monitors news and information regarding the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCov), as well as confirmed cases of related illness both nationally and internationally.

In connection with state mandates, the school campus remains closed to the general public. The school reopened on Aug. 17th with a hybrid model of instruction - some on-site instruction with restrictions and some remote learning under our new Virtual Academy. All elementary students were allowed back on campus full time in October 2020.

LLCA will continue to follow guidance from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, and from local public health officials in order to reduce or prevent the spread of this and other illnesses, including the common cold and influenza, within the school environment.

Please continue to follow good health practices in order to reduce the risk of personal illness, both during the cold and flu season and throughout the year.

Whenever you're in public, remember to follow the CDC’s latest recommendations (revised in April 2020) for using a face mask, found here.

Please note that, according to the StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit, produced by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, all NC Public Schools are required to ensure that all students from kindergarten through 12th grade, and all teachers, staff and adult visitors, wear face coverings, unless the person (or family for a student) states:

  • that a specific exception applies

  • is eating, or is engaged in strenuous physical activity

Cloth face coverings must be worn by all students from kindergarten through 12th grade, and all teachers, staff and adult visitors on buses or other school transportation vehicles, inside school buildings, and anywhere on school grounds, including outside.

Cloth face coverings should not be placed on:

  • Anyone who has trouble breathing or is unconscious

  • Anyone who is incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the face covering without assistance

  • Anyone who cannot tolerate a cloth face covering due to developmental, medical or behavioral health needs.

Additional Recommendations from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services:

Avoid close contact with people who are sick

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth

• Stay home when you are sick

• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.


  • Coronavirus – A large family of viruses that are common in people and many different species of animals.

  • COVID-19 – Abbreviation for the coronavirus disease 2019, a disease caused be a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously Been seen in humans.

  • Social Distancing – Measures intended to limit the movement of people in order to interrupt the transmission of infectious, contagious diseases.

  • Isolation – Separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.

  • Quarantine – Separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.

  • Community Spread – When people have been infected with the virus in an area and some are not sure how or where they became infected.

  • Epidemic – Affecting or tending to affect a disproportionately large number of individuals within a population, community or region at the same time.

  • Pandemic – Occurring over a wide geographic area and affecting an exceptionally high proportion of the population.

  • Presumptive Positive - Individuals with at least one respiratory specimen that tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19 at a state or local laboratory

  • Antibodies - Substances that the body’s immune system makes to fight off infection. A blood test for antibodies checks to see if someone has been infected previously. It’s not ideal for detecting active or current infections; other types of tests are preferred for that.

  • Contact Tracing - The practice of tracking down and monitoring people who have been in close proximity to someone who is infected.

Sources: U.S. Centers for Disease Control, Merriam-Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary