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Public Health Safety Measures for Traditional Learning Program

These are key points about the public health precautions that the school district has implemented district-wide for 2020-2021:

  • Face Masks:
    • Masks will be strongly encouraged, especially in settings where social distancing is difficult to accomplish: buses, hallway transitions, school meal distribution, student drop-off and pick-up, etc.
    • Each student and employee will be offered and provided with a washable, reusable mask on day one of school. These will remain available to on a limited basis for those who need one on buses and in schools and offices.
    • Personal face masks must be in accordance with dress code
    • Students will be encouraged to keep up with their personal masks.
    • Additional masks will be available from the front office upon request.
    • Communicated process in place for each teacher to have a set number of available masks
  • Social Distancing 
    • In classrooms: Social distance when feasible; Remove extra furniture when feasible; Primary assigned seating when feasible
    • At Recess: Stay with class when possible
    • During Student Drop Off/Pick Up: Each school will develop a plan that is appropriate to their school to maintain social distancing.
    • School Bus Loading & Unloading: Additional staging areas and staff will be put in place to oversee this process at each school.
    • At Student Lockers: Our middle and high schools will not utilize hallway lockers.  Middle schools will also eliminate locker use in locker rooms; however, high schools will still use locker room lockers. Elementary schools do not have lockers.
    • Physical Education Locker Rooms:  Middle and high schools will not require students to dress out for physical education in order to participate.
    • School & Office Signage: Enter and Exit signs for all doors and directional signs on floors to better manage foot traffic flow inside buildings
    • Directional Signage for Building Traffic Flow to Accommodate Social Distancing:
      • Enter/Exit signs for doors to direct traffic flow for social distancing
      • Directional signs for floors to direct traffic flow for social distancing
    • Extra-curricular events, meetings, and field trips: 
      • Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) meetings will be all held virtually.
      • Performances and assemblies are suspended until further notice.
      • Monitoring/supervision will be in place to dispel and discourage congregating in common areas.
      • Middle/High clubs will be monitored to ensure social distancing is feasible with group size (perhaps consider multiple meetings).
  • Health Screening Protocols:
    • The school district will follow the Georgia Department of Education and Georgia Department of Public Health's guidelines for Screening for and Responding to COVID-19 in K-12 Schools found on page three of the Georgia's Path to Recovery for K-12 Schools.
    • School district employees ( for self) and parents/guardians (for students) are expected to monitor their own / their child's health for COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of senses of taste and smell each day prior to arrival at our schools and offices.
    • Employees and students should stay home if they are sick or if they believe they have COVID-19 symptoms, and they should seek medical assistance if needed
    • All schools have a Nurse's office staffed with either a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse
    • If a student develops COVID-19-like symptoms during the day, he or she must notify an adult at the school immediately (as age appropriate).
    • If an employee develops COVID-19-like symptoms during the day, he or she will be sent home immediately.
    • Designated isolation area for students who become sick at school with COVID19-like symptoms to be monitored until a parent arrives
    • School nurses will contact the Department of Public Health to notify the epidemiologist of and COVID-19 incidents
    • Communicate health screening self-check guidelines and Department of Public Health testing options to parents and employees.
    • Hygiene tips and illness prevention signs throughout buildings in English and Spanish
    • Additional digital thermometers will be provided to each school's nurse's station.
  • Hygiene
    • Hand Sanitizer:  The school district will provide each school, office, and other facilities with individual bottles (small pump bottles approximately one-quart size) of hand sanitizer, and one-gallon jugs to refill the quart-size bottles.
    • Hand Sanitizer Stations: The school district will provide a certain number of hand sanitizer dispenser that hold one-gallon jugs of hand sanitizer.  These stands will be placed in main hallways, commons areas, cafeterias, and other high traffic areas as determined by each school's leadership.
    •  Hygiene Signs:  Signs with hygiene and illness prevention tips throughout buildings in English and Spanish
  • Clean/Disinfect Schools & Facilities
    • Custodian Training: Each school has a custodian team. These teams received training in March for how to perform deep cleaning techniques and increased daily routines to effectively combat COVID-19, and they have implemented them effectively since that time.
    • Cleansers/Cleaning Supplies: The school district already had a cleanser in use called, Hyperfect, which is effective for the disinfection of surfaces, including COVID-19. The district has supplied additional spray bottles, Hyperfect, and microfiber cloths for all facilities, and the district has secured proper inventories of each to keep all facilities supplied throughout the school year. Custodian teams will keep the spray bottles filled with the proper mixture of Hyperfect, and one will be placed in each classroom, office, and facility area as well as at least two microfiber cloths. Each school is responsible to launder the microfiber cloths.
    • Mist/Fog Machines and AirX Disinfectant:  The school district has provided each school, office, and other facilities with a mist/fog machine and AirX pre-mixed solution disinfectant to disinfect large or hard-to-spray areas. This equipment may be used at the discretion of the principal or principal designee to prophylactically disinfect areas where a greater level of hygiene may be desired (such as a weight room/locker room). Each principal should designate one member of their custodial staff to serve as a member of a task force that can be called to respond as requested to assist in disinfecting a school(s) throughout the district if needed. 
    • Disinfecting Wipes:  The school district will provide disinfecting wipes to schools.  These are intended for the front entrance staff to wipe off reception counters in high traffic areas. Disinfecting wipes are not intended to be used in classrooms or other areas. Parents are not expected to provide disinfecting wipes as a school supply item.  No school supply lists should include this item.
    • Classrooms: (to include art/music/STEM): Teachers will spray and wipe the desks between classes. Administrators and other designated personnel will monitor and supervise students in the hallways while this occurs.
    • Cafeteria: Tables will be sanitized/cleaned between each class change
    • Food Service Area: Food service personnel will clean this area
    • Bathrooms: Will be cleaned frequently.
    • Media Centers and Books:
      • Media specialists will sanitize and clean the library.
      • Media center will be fogged at the end of each day.
      • Media center books in circulation that are returned will be quarantined for one day before being reshelved.
    • Gyms & Physical Education Areas: Equipment will be cleaned before the next use.
    • Locker Rooms:
      • Locker rooms will be disinfected between each class use.
      • Students are not required to dress out for physical education. 
      • Locker rooms for athletic team use have separate protocols that will be communicated to athletes, coaches and trainers.
    • Computers, Chromebooks, & Devices: All devices will be wiped with sanitizer between users.
    • Playground Equipment: Currently, there is no feasible solution to sanitize outdoor playground equipment
    • Music, Band, and Career Technical Agricultural Education Equipment:
      • All equipment will be with sanitized between users.
      • Singing and wind instruments are not permitted at this time per Department of Public Health and Georgia Music Educators Association guidelines.
    • Office Areas: Will be cleaned by the office staff. The school district has provided each office with the appropriate supplies.
  • Water fountains 
    • All water fountains throughout the school district will be closed at all locations this school year.
    • Students and staff are asked to bring their own personal water bottles from home to use while at school. 
    • The school district will deliver bottles of water to schools to be given to students and staff who may have forgotten to bring bottles of water. 
  • Visitor Protocols:
    • We will follow Bulloch County Schools' established Visitors' Protocols for safety and security with the following additional restrictions:
      • Parents can not walk children to class during the first two weeks of school.
      • Only students and staff will be allowed to eat meals with the class. 
      • Parent meetings will be encouraged to occur online or via a non face-to-face venue.
      • Other events involving visitors coming into the building will be limited until further notice.
    • Representatives from post-secondary institutions, business & industry partners, and military partners will be able to come into the schools to support student learning experiences.
    • General visitors will not be allowed to come and eat lunch with students.
    • School vendors (i.e.,yearbook, class rings, etc…) whose services cannot be provided virtually will be allowed to enter the schools on a case-by- case basis. 
    • Structured mentor partnerships will be continued following a formal agreement between the district and the mentor(s).
    • The  in-school aspects of the 4H program provided by Bulloch County office of the University Extension Service, and the Drug and Alcohol Resistance Education  and Gang Resistance Education and Training programs provided by the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office will continue to support student learning experiences.
  •  Contact Notification and Contact Tracing of COVID-19 Positive Persons
    • All contact notification and contact tracing is the sole responsibility of the rightful public health authority, the Southeast District Department of Public Health.  
    • The school district will report any known COVID-19 positive cases to the Southeast Health District.
  • School Meals - Cafeteria Food Service
    • Encourage hand-washing/hand-sanitizer before and after eating snacks/meals
    • Designated flow paths for entrance and exit of cafeteria
    • Rotating basis between classrooms & cafeteria to provide appropriate social distancing in cafeteria, where feasible
    • If eating in the lunchroom, children will sit on one side of the table, facing the same direction, in every other seat.
    • Lunchroom will be at most  25 percent full at a time.
    • Remaining students will eat at alternate locations as age appropriate and feasible (classrooms, outdoor seating, auditorium)
  • Pre-Kindergarten: Bulloch County Schools received approval from Bright from the Start to allow parents of the school district's Pre-K students the individual choice of either virtual or traditional instruction. Our school district's Pre-Kindergarten Department will contact parents of registered Pre-K students directly to inform them of available instruction models. If you did not receive a call, please contact our Pre-K Department to ensure we have your correct contact information or contact your zoned elementary school.