Last Updated 3/17/20
What is the school district doing to prevent cases of COVID-19?
- In accordance with newly issued federal guidance, Governor Brian P. Kemp signed Executive Order 3.16.20.01 closing all public elementary, secondary and post-secondary public schools in Georgia from March 18, 2020 to March 31, 2020. Following the state-mandated closure, WCSD will be closed until March 31. In addition, all school-related travel, extracurricular activities, sports, school events, field trips, etc. during this time have been canceled.
- While schools are closed, our custodians are cleaning all areas with disinfectants that have been pre-approved for use against COVID-19.
- As a precaution, WCSD is asking families and staff who have or plan to travel to Warning Level 3 countries (Italy, China, South Korea and Iran) to self-report to their child’s principal or their supervisor as soon as they know of these plans and to comply with the CDC recommendations by staying home and monitoring their health for 14 days after returning to the United States. This includes avoiding all school events and activities for all family members living in the same household.
- WCSD has notified all principals and registrars that as families enroll new students, they should disclose if the student or any member of the household has traveled to one of the Warning Level 3 countries within the past 14 days. If this is the case, the student should be allowed to enroll but will not be allowed to attend school until 14 days after their departure from that country.
Why did district administrators make the decision to close schools?
In accordance with newly issued federal guidance, Governor Brian P. Kemp signed Executive Order 3.16.20.01 closing all public elementary, secondary, and post-secondary public schools in Georgia from March 18, 2020 to March 31, 2020.
- No decisions regarding school closures after March 31 have been made at this time.
What are the expectations for students and parents while schools are closed?
What should I do if my child does not have access to a computer or internet at home?
- Chromebooks for students who have Internet access at home, but don’t have a device to work on, will be available for pick up at your child’s school on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parents will be responsible for any damages that occur while on loan and ensuring the Chromebook returns to school when students return. If you are unavailable during the times listed above, please contact your child’s school to arrange a time to pick up a device.
- If you do not have internet access, many national companies are providing additional resources to help families stay connected during this time. Click here for a detailed list of offerings.
Will this school closure effect Spring Break?
Will students be required to make up these days?
What are the expectations for staff while schools are closed?
- Certified instructional staff have been asked to work virtually to facilitate learning and answer questions through email and Schoology.
- Paraprofessionals should follow the lead of the teacher whose classroom they support to assist with digital learning expectations.
- The Superintendent’s Office will provide additional communication to 240 day staff and other classified employees regarding the need to report based on conditions as they arise.
- All staff members will be expected to work remotely and be accessible by email when not asked to physically report.
As an employee who should I contact regarding time off (family medical leave, sick leave and accommodations) related to COVID-19?
- WCSD employees with specific questions related to COVID-19 absences should contact the Human Resources Department for additional information.
Is WCSD banning travel for students and staff?
- Beginning March 16, all school-related travel, extracurricular activities, sports, school events, field trips, etc. will be canceled while schools are closed. A decision on events after Spring Break will be made at a later date.
- We are continuing to follow guidance from the CDC and Georgia Department of Health who recommend that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to Warning Level 3 affected areas (Italy, China, South Korea and Iran). The CDC also recommends that travelers, particularly those with underlying health issues, defer all cruise ship travel worldwide. This guidance can be found here.
What should I do if I think I may have been exposed to COVID-19?
- Stay home. Do not report to work or school. Employees should contact their supervisor. Families should contact their healthcare provider.
- Call your healthcare provider if:
- You feel sick with fever, cough or difficulty breathing.
- You have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19.
- You recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19.
- Follow guidelines from the CDC that can be found here.
- The State of Georgia has a new COVID-19 hotline. If you believe that you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, please contact your primary care doctor, an urgent care clinic, or your local federally qualified healthcare center. Please do not show up unannounced at an emergency room or health care facility.
What actions can staff and students take to prevent the spread of viruses?
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you or your child are sick. Students and staff must be fever-free for 24 hours without medication before returning to school.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.