Public Health Protocols

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    Cartersville City Schools continues to monitor the changing conditions of COVID-19 and assess its impact on our community and state. As it becomes appropriate, we may adjust the protocols and procedures observed in our schools and our district. 

    AUGUST 20 | PUBLIC HEALTH PROTOCOLS ADJUSTMENT

    When a school has a total positivity rate of 1% for a seven-day period CCS will implement increased protocols. The following protocols and procedures will be observed by the school: 

    • Breakfast and lunch will be served in the classroom
    • Only visitors associated with an academic program will be invited on campus
    • We recommend students and staff wear face coverings in situations where social distancing cannot be achieved such as arrival to school, in the hallways during class changes, school dismissal and riding the bus. 

     JULY 31 | RETURN TO SCHOOL PUBLIC HEALTH PROTOCOLS

    Due to the end of the Public Health State of Emergency on June 30, 2021, Cartersville City Schools will return to school with normal operating procedures. However, CCS will institute the following Public Health Protocols for the 2021-22 school year, and we will continue to monitor any outbreaks in our schools and make any necessary adjustments as needed. 

     Face Covering

    • Optional for students and staff in school buildings, on school buses, and at extracurricular activities
    • Disposable masks will continue to be provided to those who might request them

     Social Distance 

    • Social distancing in classrooms and school buildings will be observed when appropriate and feasible

     Visitors, Field Trips

    •  Volunteers will be permitted to work throughout the school in accordance with Cartersville City Board Policy and school safety protocols
    • Field trips and school assemblies will resume as normal

     Water Fountains, Cafeteria and Bell Schedules

    •  Schools will return to their normal operating procedures for lunchtime and class bell schedules
    • Water bottle filling stations will continue to be available

     Cleaning and Sanitizing

    • Hand sanitizer will be available throughout all system facilities
    • Daily cleaning of high-touch surfaces in school buildings
    • School buses will be disinfected after each morning and afternoon bus route

     School Clinics

      • If a student exhibits COVID-19 related symptoms while in the school clinic, the nurse has the discretion to request that the student wear a mask while in the clinic, being assessed by the nurse, or waiting for parent pick-up

     COVID-19 Vaccinations

    • COVID-19 vaccinations are not required for employees or students but are encouraged and recommended by public health officials

     Quarantine

    • Students and staff identified as close contacts to a positive COVID-19 case will be notified and contact tracing will be implemented 
    • In absence of symptoms, CCS will not prohibit students from attending school but it is recommended that parents still adhere to DPH guidelines
    • Unvaccinated students and unvaccinated staff members who live in the same household as a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 should quarantine in accordance with DPH guidelines
    • If a family decides to have their child quarantine, this quarantine will be in accordance with Department of Public Health (DPH) guidelines and will be considered an excused absence. Students will be allowed to make up work as they would any other excused absence

     Isolation

    • Any student or staff member who tests positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate in accordance with DPH guidelines