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BACK TO SCHOOL AND UPDATES

8.14.20- A MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT

Good afternoon Gordon County Schools families,

I would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for a great start to school. It has been wonderful to see all of our students back in our schools, and I know that our students who are learning through our virtual at-home learning program are excited about getting started with a new school year as well. Thank you all for your patience as we learn a new way of educating our students.

I also wanted to address something that I know has been on the minds of many of our families as they send their children back to in-person instruction- the state of public health in our schools. Gordon County Schools is actively monitoring student and staff health in our schools and will report every Friday the updated total number of COVID-19 positive cases in our schools on our webpage at gcbe.org/COVID19 under the updated counts tab.

Throughout the school year, we will notify students’ parents and 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. For more information on this process, please visit our frequently asked questions section on our reporting page.

We sincerely appreciate everyone’s assistance in helping us adhere to these guidelines and look forward to a great school year for all of our students.