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Return-to-School Plan for Illness/Infection Mitigation

Return-to-School Plan Protocols

     This is Bulloch County Schools’ Return-to-School Plan for 2021-2022 in regards to the mitigation of any illness and infections. A print-friendly version is posted above as well. If you have questions, need more information, or would like to offer feedback to our return-to-school plan and its safety protocols, contact 912.212.8500 or contact us by email.

     For COVID-19, the State of Georgia is no longer under a state of emergency.  To help further mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Bulloch County Schools will implement our Return-to-School Plan, and implement the Georgia Department of Public Health's requirements to the best of our reasonable ability, while we also balance the overall safety and academic and social-emotional wellbeing of our students. We will also use these additional practices: 

Practice Protocols to prevent the spread of illness
Thermometer Daily Health Self-Checks: Before you decide to go to work or school, remember to use our recommended daily self-health check. Visit this area of our website for information and a printable flyer for your home. It will guide you on how to conduct a daily health self-check for illness and how to report any COVID-19 related absences to your school nurse.
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Stay Home When Sick:
If any of the following applies to your family, please stay home:

  • Illness symptoms are present that are inconsistent with any other expected seasonal health conditions (such as allergies) or other ongoing chronic conditions;
  • You or your child lives in the same household as a sick person with a positive COVID-19 diagnosis and you or your child is unvaccinated;
  • You or your child provides care for a sick person with COVID-19, and you or your child is unvaccinated;
  • You or your child has close contact (less than six feet ) with a sick person with COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more and your or your child is unvaccinated and the COVID-19-positive person nor your/your child were wearing masks;
Face masks Mask Wearing: Masks are welcomed and encouraged, but not required in schools or on buses. The school district has an inventory of free, reusable, washable masks for employees and students. They are free by request for employees and students to have if needed. 
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Vaccinations: There are certain vaccines that are required by the national Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and the State of Georgia. Your local physician or the Bulloch County Health Department can provide you with these immunizations and the required Georgia Certificate of Immunization Form 3231 for school attendance. 

At this time the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Georgia Department of Public Health do not require adults or children to receive the COVID-19 vaccine for public health, nor for school attendance. For this reason, Bulloch County Schools will not require its employees or students to receive the vaccine.  

Persons age 12 and older who wish to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, can review this list of locations in Bulloch County who provide the vaccine.

Fully vaccinated persons do not have to be quarantined due to exposure to a confirmed positive case unless they become symptomatic.

Parents do not have to provide proof of their child’s COVID-19 vaccine to attend school or for contact tracing. Due to the Federal Educational Rights & Privacy Act and an Executive Order by the governor of the State of Georgia, school district employees may not ask if an adult or child has received the COVID-19 vaccine, nor can the school district require documentation that a person has received the vaccine.  However, school nurses, as medical professionals, are authorized users of the State of Georgia’s Registry of Immunization Transactions and Services, and they can access this information as a tool for COVID-19 contact tracing with students only to determine appropriate action. 

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Report COVID-19 Related Absences to School Nurse for Contact Tracing: School nurses will evaluate sick persons at school to determine if COVID-19 symptoms exist. If a child becomes ill at school, he or she will be isolated, and the school nurse will contact the child's parents. 

School nurses will use evidence-based methods to determine exposed persons.

If your child is absent from school due to symptoms, exposure, or a confirmed positive test of COVID-19, please contact your school’s nurse. You can refer to our daily health self-check flyer for a list of symptoms and the contact names and numbers for our nurses. This is important for effective contact tracting. 

School nurses are authorized users of the State of Georgia’s Registry of Immunization Transactions and Services and can access this information as a tool for student contact tracing only to determine appropriate action. 

Fully vaccinated persons do not have to be quarantined due to exposure to a confirmed positive case unless they become symptomatic.

In regards to exposure, if both the COVID-19-positive and the exposed persons were both wearing a mask at the time of exposure, and they were socially distanced, the exposed person does not have to quarantine unless the exposed person becomes symptomatic.

School district employees should contact their supervisor if they have COVID-19 symptoms or a confirmed-positive test.

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Quarantines & Isolations:

  • Isolated persons are sick; Quarantined persons are well.
  • Sick persons with a confirmed positive case of COVID-19, must isolate at home for 10 days. They may return to school after that time if they remain fever free for at least 24 hours without the use of medication and symptoms are improved.     
  • Exposed persons who are unvaccinated or who were not wearing a mask or social distancing, must quarantine at home for seven to 14 days.
    • After the fifth day of quarantine, if an exposed person is not symptomatic, he or she may choose to submit to a COVID-19 test. If the test results are negative and no symptoms are present by the seventh day, the person may return to school on the eighth day.
    • You may use this link to Register for COVID-19 Testing in Bulloch, Chatham, Laurens or other Georgia county's testing sites.  The Bulloch County testing site is located near the intersection of Courtland and Railroad Streets in the long, narrow parking lot that runs along the railroad tracks at the end of East Main in Statesboro.
    • The exposed person may also choose to not submit to a COVID-19 test and instead quarantine at home for 10 to 14 days. If they are not symptomatic, they may return to school beginning on day 11.
    • Students who are quarantined will learn through distance learning with their Bulloch County Schools teachers.
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Reporting of COVID-19 Cases and Quarantines

  • School nurses will provide a weekly report of COVID-19 cases, quarantines and clusters to the Georgia Department of Public Health
  • Bulloch County Schools will provide a weekly report of this same information on our website, so that it is readily available to the public and news media.
Make a Learning Model Choice for Your Child

In our school district's continued response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bulloch County Schools offers both a traditional learning option (Pre-K to 12) and a virtual learning program for K-12. 

We ask that families make a learning model choice and commit to it for the entire 2021-2022 school year. It is in a child's best interest for academic success to not randomly switch between learning models. This also allows us to appropriately distribute faculty across the two models. However, how a child is educated and school attendance always remain a parent's choice.

Returning Students: Update your child's information

If your child is a returning student, please take a moment to confirm and update your child's information for 2021-2022. Prior to the first day of each academic year, parents or guardians are expected to login to their Infinite Campus Parent account to verify and update student and family information. During this process parents will provide updated contact information, inform the school of changes to household membership, communicate changes to student health information, and acknowledge all annual notices required by Bulloch County Schools or governing state and federal laws.

It it critical that this be completed by all parents each year so that school staff have the necessary information to provide services to your child and maintain communication with you throughout the year for both emergency and academic purposes.

  • Login to your Infinite Campus Parent Account
  • You will be on the Announcements page. 
  • Click on the "More" link from the site's menu. 
  • Click on the "Online Registration" link from the options.
  • Select "Update information for student(s) who are currently enrolled in this district"  if your child is a returning student.  If you have a brand new student, who will attend school with us for the first time, select the "Register student(s) who have never been enrolled in this district."
  • Follow the on-screen prompts to update your child's information for the new school year.
  • Be sure to hit the "Submit" button.
  • You will receive a confirmation email that your information was received and processed properly.
Need Help with your Infinite Campus Parent Account ?

You will need an Infinite Campus Parent Account in order to update your child's information for the new school year and to make your instruction model choice.

  • You can access your account on a computer or laptop or download the Infinite Campus Parent Mobile Application to your tablet or cellular phone from the Apple Ap Store or Google Play.
  • If you know your Infinite Campus Parent Account username and password, and you are ready continue, you can proceed.
  • Don't think you have an account? If you are the parent of a returning student, and you did not have an Infinite Campus Parent Account, we created one for you. We emailed a username and password to you previously; however, if you did not access that email, you can still recover your account's username and password. Watch this how-to video on our website to assist you. 
  • Have an account, but don't remember how to access it? Our how-to video can assist you as well.
  • If these tips to help you recover your account were unsuccessful, complete an online request for help.
Do you need to Withdraw your child from school ?

Only use this step if one of the following situations applies to your family:

  • You have relocated your family out of Bulloch County.
  • You will educate your child at home.
  • You will enroll your child in another school or online learning platform.

If any of the above situations applies, please officially withdraw your child from Bulloch County Schools, by completing this online Withdrawal Form.