Gordon County Schools (GCS) is actively monitoring student and staff health in our schools and will report, on this webpage, every Friday the updated total number of COVID-19 positive cases in our schools.
Throughout the school year, we will notify students’ parents/guardians and employees according to our protocol outlined in our Infectious Disease Plan. If a student’s exposure to a student or employee who has tested positive meets the Department of Health’s requirements for mandated precautionary quarantine, parents/guardians will be immediately advised; the same notification will be made to employees who meet these requirements. A precautionary quarantine does not mean that the employee or student being asked to quarantine is sick or will become sick but is a Department of Public Health-mandated practice to best ensure the safety of the student or employee, as well as those teaching and learning around them.
Students and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 or who have recently had close contact with a person with COVID-19 must not return to school until they meet the Department of Public Health’s Return to School Guidance After COVID-19 Illness or Exposure.
Additionally, students and staff must not come to school with a fever of 100.4 or higher and must not come to school until they have been fever-free, without the use of fever-reducing medication, for at least 24 hours.
Q: “I’ve heard there’s a case at my school, why isn’t it in the total?”
A: Our process is confirm, contact trace, and notify those who need to quarantine along with others directly impacted. Then, we add the case to the current (not cumulative) totals to this page every Friday. We define current as anyone who is absent because of a positive COVID-19 test at time of reporting. Therefore, a person may count for two (or more) reporting cycles. Also, please note that the counts include positive cases only, not precautionary quarantines.
Q: “My child’s school is listed in the staff section, but I didn’t get a letter.”
A: Notification letters may be sent only to those who were in direct contact with the person who tested positive for COVID-19. GCS coordinates communication being sent to those impacted in collaboration with the Department of Public Health.
Q: “I know someone who has been absent for more than a week. Is this a positive case we have not been made aware of?”
A: All extended absences are not indicative of positive cases. Many situations (another illness, an injury, staying home with a quarantined child, etc.) could cause an absence of multiple days.
Numbers below reflect active cases and are non-cumulative.
School staff reports include all school-based personnel including, but not limited to teachers, paraprofessionals, cafeteria workers, custodians, front office staff, administrators, ASP workers.