COVID Positive Case


September 17, 2021

Dear Mattamuskeet Early College Family,

Our Administration has been notified that a staff member at Mattamuskeet Early College tested positive for the coronavirus on Wednesday, September 15, 2021. The staff member has not been at school since Wednesday, September 15, 2021. Due to privacy laws and regulations, we cannot disclose any other identifying information specific to this individual. 

Hyde County Schools, and the Hyde County Health Department are working closely together on all COVID-19 related matters. The Hyde County Health Department, in compliance with all guidelines from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services(NCDHHS), will conduct all contract tracing related to coronavirus cases and determine “close contacts” for quarantining. 

“Close contacts” are defined as anyone having been in direct contact within six feet, for a total of :15 minutes, with a person who tests positive. The CDC has recently added an exception to the need for school students to be quarantined. This exception excludes students who were within 6 feet of an infected student if both students were consistently and correctly using well-fitting face masks and other K-12 school prevention strategies (such as universal and correct mask use, physical distancing, increased ventilation, regular cleaning) were in place in the K-12 school setting. This exception does not apply to teachers, staff, or other adults in the indoor classroom setting.

As a reminder to parents, please conduct daily screenings of your child/childrens’ overall health. We ask that you keep your child home if they are experiencing fever or chills, “new” cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea/vomiting, or diarrhea. Hyde County Schools will continue to require face-coverings in all buildings, on all campuses, and will promote social distancing, and hand-washing/sanitizing at all times. We will also continue to be vigilant in all safety protocols with regard to cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting our facilities.

Hyde County Schools is committed to the safety of all of our students, families, and staff during these unprecedented times. We continue to follow the guidelines set forth by the state in the Lighting Our Way Forward: North Carolina’s Guidebook for Reopening Public Schools and the StrongSchools Public Health Toolkit (K-12) documents. We have also partnered with the Duke University - ABC Science Collaborative, the Vidant Children’s Hospital - Eastern North Carolina COVID-19 Learning and Networking Collaborative, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Hyde County Health Department. The ABC Collaborative and the Eastern North Carolina COVID-19 Learning and Networking Collaborative are programs that pair scientists and physicians with education and community leaders to better understand the most current and relevant information regarding COVID-19. These partnerships provide our district leadership with data, best practices, and up to date information on national, state, and local epidemiology from outside the education world.

Communication is a key component in our ability to provide a healthy and safe environment for our students and staff members returning to our school buildings. It will be our goal to share as much information as legally possible to keep our parents and community up to date and informed. We not only want you to know about the preventative measures we have put in place to reduce the risk to our students and staff, but also keep you informed about any potential risks and rapidly changing protocols and guidelines. 

As we are made aware of confirmed cases of COVID-19 within Hyde County Schools, we will work closely with the Hyde County Health Department to ensure the most accurate and timely communication to the impacted parties. Hyde County Schools and the Hyde County Health Department will follow these protocols in regard to contact tracing of COVID-19 cases:

  • Hyde County Schools will not be responsible for contact tracing.

  • Hyde County Schools will provide all information necessary to assist the Hyde County Health Department in their efforts to contact trace.

  • Hyde County Health Department staff will contact the case-patient and determine who the individual may have been in close contact with.

  • Hyde County Schools will provide the Hyde County Health Department with bus and classroom seating charts to assist in contact tracing.

Hyde County Schools is committed to reducing the risk of this virus for our students and staff to the highest degree possible. One key component of all of our strategies is the importance of open communication. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns and thank you for your continued support.

Stay safe,

Steve Basnight

Superintendent, Hyde County Schools


1. First Memo: August 20th 2021

2. Second Memo: August 23rd 2021

3. Third Memo: August 25th 2021

4. Fourth Memo: August 27th 2021 (A)

5. Fifth Memo: August 27th 2021 (B)

6. Sixth Memo: August 30th 2021

7. Seventh Memo: August 31st 2021

8. Eighth Memo: September 03rd 2021

9. Ninth Memo: September 07th 2021

10. Tenth Memo: September 14th 2021

11. Eleventh Memo: September 16th 2021

12. Twelfth Memo: September 17th 2021