COVID-19 Reporting Data
Every Friday, the district website is updated with the total number of COVID-19 positive cases as well as precautionary quarantines at CCSD schools and facilities. This data does not include students who have not been on a CCSD campus and are only enrolled virtually.While making this data public, the district will continue to respect our staff and students/families’ privacy. The personal health information of employees is exempt from disclosure under the Open Records Act, pursuant to OCGA 50-18-72 (a)(21). Similarly, personally identifiable information related to students is exempt under OCGA 50-18-72 (a)(1) and (a)(37) of the Open Records Act.However, in the interest of public health and transparency, the district compiles COVID-19 data devoid of any personally identifiable information and provides it to our stakeholders in a manner consistent with applicable privacy standards related to aggregate, de-identified data.
The Clarke County School District will individually notify employees or students who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. In accordance with current Georgia Department of Public Health guidelines, a "close contact" is defined as a person who has been within six feet for fifteen minutes or more of a COVID-positive individual beginning two days before either the onset of symptoms or the date of testing.
ContactMeridyth PadgettHuman Resources InvestigatorClarke County School District706-546-7721, Ext 20770
Navigating COVID-19 Using Different Instructional Models
Keeping our students and staff safe requires vigilance in both mitigating and responding to COVID-19 incidents in our schools. So far this semester, we have made temporary school closure decisions for two reasons:
- due to a member of the school community testing positive, we have paused instruction to allow for ample time for intensive contact tracing and communication with affected individuals who must undertake a precautionary quarantine, and
- due to a potential shortage of staff as a result of precautionary quarantines, whether from school-based or community-based exposure, we pivoted to a remote-only learning model to ensure a continuation of high-quality instruction for our students.
We are thoroughly evaluating each COVID-19 related incident that comes to our attention and making the best decision for each school. No two schools are alike, and there is no one size fits all solution to keeping our school communities safe.