CCSD COVID-19 Protocols & Guidance

  • Download COVID-19 Protocols.pdf (Updated 1/11/2022) / Espanol

    CCSD Mitigation Measures

    • Masks are required indoors and on buses for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status;
    • All students and staff should wear their masks correctly and consistently and remain three (3) feet away from others as much as possible;
    • Non-essential visitors will not be permitted in the school building for the first several weeks of the school year to reduce the chances of spreading the virus;
    • Students and staff should frequently wash their hands and utilize sanitation supplies to keep their respective areas clean;
    • All school facilities will regularly be deeply cleaned and sanitized, including desks and shared classroom supplies;
    • All HVAC systems will continuously be checked and monitored to ensure proper usage and the highest air quality and circulation level;
    • CCSD recommends that all eligible students and staff get vaccinated and boosted against COVID.


    What Parents/Guardians Should Do If Their Student Tests Positive for COVID

    • If a student tests positive for COVID or is showing symptoms after being exposed to someone with COVID, the student needs to stay home and notify their school. 
    • A school nurse or contact tracing nurse will reach out to the family to gather more information.
    • All students with COVID will be required to isolate for five (5) days. 
    • Families will receive an email notification with their child’s return to school date (day 6). 
    • In order to return to school, students must be feeling better, have improving symptoms, and be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medications. 
    • If students have not met these return to school guidelines, the parent is to fill out the Isolation Extension Form for Students
    • A contact tracing nurse will reach out to families if their child is unable to return on day 6 to determine an appropriate return to school date.
    • All families can view the COVID cases by each school on the CCSD COVID Data Dashboard.

    School Notification Process

    • Elementary Schools will send a notification of a positive case to the classroom as well as a weekly communication to the school. Due to the high level of contagion of the Omicron variant, we can assume that many students in the classroom may have been exposed and we ask that all parents assess their children for signs and symptoms of illness before sending them to school each morning. Students who are well may attend school. Students who develop symptoms will be considered a presumed positive and required to isolate for 5 days. 
    • Middle & High Schools will send out a weekly notification to the entire school community with the number of COVID cases. Individuals who are positive will be asked to inform anyone they feel has been a personal close contact. 
    • Athletics & After School Programs: Coaches/Coordinators will notify individuals when there is a positive case on a CCSD sports team or program.
    • All schools ​will utilize the CCSD COVID Data Dashboard in their weekly communications with their community.


    Guidance from Health Officials

    • The CCSD will continue to adhere to the most recent COVID guidelines issued by the Georgia Department of Public Health (GaDPH) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC). 
    • Based on CDC Guidelines, masks are required in all CCSD buildings and on all buses for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status.
    • The Administrative Orders for Public Health Control Measures can be found here
    • DPH Guide “What to Do if You Test Positive”: English / Espanol.
    • DPH Contact Guidance - Spanish
    • DPH Isolation Guidance - Spanish


    Vaccine & Testing Resources

    • GaDPH COVD-19 FREE Testing Sites: 
    • GaDPH Vaccine Appointments: 706-389-6921 / 345 North Harris Street, Athens, GA 30601
    • The Hilsman Health Center (for CCSD students, families, staff): 706-546-7463 




    Hilsman Health Center
    Hilsman Health Center (at Hilsman Middle School)
    870 Gaines School Road
    Athens, GA 30605