CCSD COVID-19 Protocols & Guidance

  • February 18, 2022

    We are pleased to see a continued drop in our school and community positivity rates for COVID-19. All schools are well below 5% and have been for several weeks. We are hopeful that these trends will continue.

     

    As a result, beginning February 28, 2022, masks will be optional on all CCSD campuses. Visitors will be welcomed back to school campuses for scheduled meetings and events. We ask you to contact your student’s school before visiting.

    • Mask wearing on school buses will continue to be determined by the directive from the Centers for Disease Control. At this time, masks are required on all buses per this directive.
    • The district may reinstate mask-wearing at a school for a temporary period based on that school’s positivity rate.
    • Masks will be strongly encouraged at any large school-based events or gatherings.

    CCSD will continue to:

    1. Report COVID cases in real-time on the  CCSD COVID-19 Reporting dashboard
    2. Host school-based COVID testing and vaccine clinics.
    3. Provide contact tracing/case investigation support for positive cases.
    4. Adhere to these CCSD Protocols & Mitigation Efforts.

     

    We will continue to monitor these trends and communicate all updates to our community. 

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Xernona Thomas
    Superintendent


    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

     

    Vaccine & Testing Resources

    • GaDPH COVD-19 FREE Testing Sites:  https://mako.exchange/splash/GAmakotesting/ 
    • 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 

     

    Reminders

     

    Hilsman Health Center

    Hilsman Health Center (at Hilsman Middle School)
    870 Gaines School Road
    Athens, GA 30605
    706-546-7463