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Return-to-School Plan for Infectious Illness Mitigation

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Bulloch County Schools began the 2021-2022 school year on August 2, 2021, in the No to Moderately-High Spread level of protocols of the Return-to-School Plan.  Begining  August 12, 2021, the school district began transitioning to its High-Spread level protocols based on data for Bulloch County from the Georgia Department of Public Health and its Southeast Health District. As of August 20, all High-Spread level protocols are in place and to be followed.

Return-to-School Plan Flyer (Printable Version)
Return-to-School Plan Flyer (Digital Version)

This is Bulloch County Schools’ Return-to-School Plan for 2021-2022 in regards to the mitigation of infectious illnesses. 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.

Infectious Illness Prevention Guide for Employees & Students
Daily Infectious Illness Prevention Protocols

The State of Georgia is not currently under a state of emergency for public health.  To help further mitigate the spread of infectious illnesses, like COVID, Bulloch County Schools will implement a Return-to-School Plan and implement the Georgia Department of Public Health's requirements to the best of our reasonable ability, while we balance the overall safety and academic and social-emotional wellbeing of our students. We will also use these daily infectious illness mitigation protocols:

Practice General daily protocols to prevent the spread of infectious illnesses (updated 9/28/2021)
Thermometer Daily Health Self-Checks: Do not come to work or send a child to school sick. 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 daily health self-checks with your family for symptoms of infectious illness.  
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Stay home when you are:

  • Sick with infectious illness symptoms.

For COVID-19, stay home for 10 full days when:

  • You have symptoms of COVID-19
  • You have symptoms of COVID-19, but you have not been tested (unless a doctor provides a note, with an alternate date you can return to work or school).
  • You have a confirmed-positive case of COVID-19, even if you have no symptoms or have mild symptoms.
  • You are exposed to COVID-19 outside of school, unless you are fully vaccinated. Follow this close contact guidance for exposures that happen outside of the school setting.  Consult your medical provider for any symptoms that are severe or concerning.
  • You live with someone who has a confirmed-positive case of COVID-19, unless you are fully vaccinated.
  • You were tested for COVID-19 due to an exposure outside of school or because you have symptoms, and you are awaiting test results.
  • Exhibiting any of the above symptoms that are different from other expected seasonal health conditions (such as allergies), other common illnesses, or ongoing chronic conditions.
  • Note: Day one of your 10-day isolation or quarrantine at home is the day either symptoms begin or the date of exposure to a confirmed-positive COVID-19 case outside of school.

Children who had a severe to critical illness (if hospitalized for shortness of breath, pneumonia, low oxygen levels, repiratory failure, septic shock and/or multiple organ failure or who are severely immunocomprimised) may return to school only after all of the following:

  • at least 20 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
  • at least 24 hours have passed since last fever without the use of fever reducing medications.
  • symptoms have improved.
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Report your COVID-19 case or COVID-related absences online. You no longer need to call your school or school nurse. Using the online tool is preferred, but if you do not have access to internet, you may call your school: 

When should I submit a COVID-19 absence report?

  • If a student or employee has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • If a student or employee has COVID symptoms after a close contact within the last 14 days.
  • If a student or employee has been a close contact outside of school to someone who has tested positive.

Note: 

  • If the student or employee is fully vaccinated or has recovered from COVID-19 in the last 90 days, please review the Georgia Department of Public Health Quarantine Guidance. Do not submit a report if you are not required to quarantine, unless symptomatic.
  • You do not need to submit a report if you were identified as a close contact that occurred at school. This information is already known to the school district.

Use this online tool to report COVID-19-related absences .

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School Nurses Will Monitor General Student Health At School: 

The school district has a team of 17 registered nurses and licensed practical nurses. They encourage good health practices that include handwashing, resipiratory hygiene and to stay home when sick. They assist students who become sick at school in the following ways:

  • Conduct in-depth health history and note past medical conditions and current medications.
  • Complete a thorough assessment using health protocols. Based on the documented symptoms and professional judgement, the school nurse will do the following:
    • Place student in a monitored isolation area.
    • Contact the parent or guardian to pick up the infectious child from school.
    • Ask parents or guardians to keep the child at home until the end of their isolation period unless a physician note to return is provided.
    • Encourage parent or guardian to see a physician for dianosis and evaluation.
  • For children who present in the school nurse's clinic with COVID-like symptoms,* the school nurse will complete an evidence-based health assessment to determine if the child's symptoms meet the criteria to isolate at home. (*Symptoms include fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit with symptoms of illness or 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit without presenting symptoms such as chills, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, headache (usually severe), sore throat, new onset of cough, congestion, runny nose, muscle or body aches, fatigue, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, or new loss of taste or smell.)
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Contact tracing and when close contacts to COVID-19 occur at school :

  • An exposure is close contact of less than six feet for 15 minutes or more. 
  • Isolated persons are sick; Close contact exposures and quarantined persons are well people who monitor their health for possible symptoms.
  • Fully vaccinated persons do not have to be quarantined due to exposure to a confirmed positive case unless they become symptomatic.
  • If a confirmed-positive case was contagious at school (48 hours prior to symptom onset or 48 hours prior to the positive test without symptoms and withn six fee for 15 minutes or more), the school nurse will identify student close contacts.
  • A school designee (not the school nurse) will enter close contact data at school on a COVID Daily Reporting Spreadsheet.
  • Each weekday at 6:30 p.m., the school district will send out automated cellular telephone calls and emails to all parents and guardians of these close contacts. Parents and guardians may also opt in to receive this information by text by texting ALERT to 22300.  
  • Parents and guardians are informed in the communication that their child was a close contact to a confirmed-positive case of COVID-19 at school. The notification includes the date of exposure.
  • If you are a close contact to a confirmed-positive COVID-19 case in our school district, you do not have to stay home and quarrantine. However, we do ask you to consider wearing a mask for two weeks.
    • Being a close contact with as confirmed-positive case of COVID-19 does not mean that you are sick. You should be aware and look for possible symptoms. 
    • You are not required to be tested.
    • If you develop symptoms, you must stay home for 10 days from the day symptoms start.
  • If you are a close contact to a confirmed-positive COVID-19 case in our school district, you may also choose to quarrantine instead
    • You may quarrantine seven days (if you test after day five of quarrantine, and it is negative, you may return on day seven) or 10 to 14 days (if you do not test and you remain well, you can return on either day 11 or day 15).
    • If you receive a close contact email or text notification from the school district it includes a link to this online quarantine calculator to further help you determine a return to school date.
    • For the time period a child is isolated or quarrantined, the school district provides distance learning parents and guardians the opportunity to order free weekly meals online for pick up.
  • Students who are a close contact outside of the school environment must follow the Department of Public Health's quarantine guidance and not return to school until a quarantine period is complete.

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Mask Wearing:

  • Masks are welcome, but not required in schools or on buses.
  • Bulloch County Schools has exercised the opportunity provided by the Department of Public Health guidelines to allow students who have been exposed to a confirmed COVID case at school to remain at school and not quarantine as long as they remain asymptomatic.  If your child was a close contact at school, we strongly encourage and emphasize them to wear a mask at school for at least two weeks after their exposure date.  While this is not a mandate, it is encouragement for everyone to be considerate of others.  

  • In the High Spread level of the school district's Return-to-School plan, masks are encouraged, signage encouraging masks is placed in all schools, and for those who do not have a mask of their own, the schools will provide one by request.
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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 contact their primary physician or local pharmacy, or 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 for exposures inside or outside of school. 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.  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 quarantine management for those exposed outside the school environment who are not vaccinated.

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Reporting of COVID-19 Cases and Quarantines

  • The school district will notify the Department of Public Health immediately when a positive case is identifed in the school.
  • School nurses will provide a weekly report of COVID cases, close contacts, and clusters in the school district (employees and students) 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.
  Refer to the Georgia Department of Public Health Guidance for additional information.
Department of Public Health Isolation Guidance 
● Department of Public Health Call Center - 1-855-473-4374
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.