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COVID-19: Confirmed Positive Cases of COVID-19 & Quarantines Report
Posted 9/2/20

Access Bulloch County Schools' real-time report of confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 and quarantines here.

 

The school district’s Public Relations Department will maintain this area on the district website in order to provide up-to-date information about confirmed positive COVID-19 cases and any resulting quarantines on the school district's campuses.
This information will be site specific, but will not include any specific information related to the individual(s) involved.   

 

COVID-19 Notification Protocol

  • School administrators and school nurses enact their COVID-19 safety protocols developed in partnership with the Department of Public Health.
  • Schools complete an internal identification process of any persons who had close contact and direct exposure to a known positive COVID-19 case in or on school property.
  • School personnel personally contact parents and employees.
  • If school is in session, affected students are quarantined at school until parents pick them up. Affected employees are sent home.
  • Identified students or employees quarantine at home for 14 days as a public health precaution.Per the Department of Public Health, they may not return to school, even with a doctor’s note, until they have completed the 14-day quarantine period and have no COVID-19 symptoms. School nurses will monitor this quarantine to ensure no person returns to the building until their quarantine period is complete and the person has no symptoms.
  • Department of Public Health conducts all other contact tracing.
  • Quarantined students receive instruction from their Bulloch County Schools teachers via distance learning using the school district's Google Classroom and Google Meets tools.
  • According to the Department of Public Health, only the identified students and employees are quarantined. No other family members or other siblings have to quarantine unless they are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms.
  • All schools practice deep cleaning measures throughout the day, and areas where a COVID-19 person has been will receive immediate deep cleaning.
  • Only students whose parents were contacted are quarantined. Other students may remain and return to school.

 

How is COVID-19 related absence information monitored?

  • School nurses will collect information on students and employees that are out for isolation or quarantine due to reasons related to COVID-19 so that the school district can adequately monitor their absence and their return to school or work. 
  • The school district will actively communicate with the Department of Public Health when school or district personnel become aware of a confirmed case of COVID-19 that affects an employee or student who has been in or on school district property. School nurses have the necessary contact information to do this. 
  • The Department of Public Health will handle  contact tracing for contacts outside the school environment related to a confirmed case. 

 

How will parents whose child has been exposed to a COVID-19 positive person be notified and what are their next steps?

  • School nurses will monitor employees' and students' quarantine periods to ensure that they do not return to school or work prematurely.  
  • During the quarantine period, monitor person for any COVID-19 symptoms, and contact your health care provider if there are any concerns.  You will also receive a follow up telephone call from the school’s nurse.
  • At no time will any individual health information about other students or employees be shared with anyone.  The privacy of individual student health information is protected by the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act, and individual school district employee health information is protected by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

 

How will the public be informed of confirmed COVID-19 positive cases?

  • The school district’s Public Relations Department will maintain an area on the district website that provides up-to-date information about confirmed positive COVID-19 cases and any resulting quarantines.
  • This information will be site specific, but will not include any specific information related to the individual(s) involved.   

How will students who are absent due to a positive COVID-19 diagnosis or quarantine receive instruction or make up work?

  • As a student is well and able, the school district’s distance learning option is activated for them, and the student will receive instruction and assignments at home from their Bulloch County Schools teachers via Google Classroom and Google Meet.
  • Once a child can return after a quarantine period, face-to-face learning can resume.

How should families conduct daily self-checks to help stop the spread of COVID-19?

Before you go to work or school, follow these steps that were sent home with students and made available on our website