Updated COVID-19 Information (January 2022)

WCSD recognizes that cases in the community are currently on the rise, so all schools will implement additional preventative measures to limit the spread of COVID-19. At this time, increased daily cleaning protocols will be implemented, visitors and large group gatherings will be limited, parents will need to drop off and pick up their children outside the school building, desks will be placed in rows, group work will be minimized in the classroom, and masks are encouraged for all students and staff. Parents may receive additional information from their child's principal with school-specific changes. These additional measures are subject to change as we continue to monitor local COVID-19 data on a weekly basis.
 
Please review the updated COVID-19 isolation/quarantine procedures below. These new guidelines are based on updated guidance from the CDC and Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH).  

Individuals with COVID-19
Students/staff who are diagnosed with COVID-19 will be required to follow DPH guidelines. Currently, these guidelines state that individuals must stay home in isolation for at least 5 days. WCSD will continue to report positive laboratory-confirmed tests and close contacts to the DPH.
  • If the positive individual develops symptoms, then they may return to work/school when at least 5 days have passed since symptoms first appeared, and at least 24 hours have passed since the last fever without the use of fever-reducing drugs, and symptoms have improved.
  • If the positive person never develops any symptoms, then isolation may be discontinued when at least 5 days have passed since the positive laboratory test and there are still no symptoms.
  • If the person chooses to leave isolation after 5 days, the CDC and DPH recommend that the person wear a well-fitting mask for the remainder of 10 days.
Precautionary Quarantines/Contact Tracing
As of December 29, 2021, the Georgia Department of Public Health's latest Administrative Order continues to support school districts in developing local quarantine procedures to facilitate in-person learning (page 5, number 7). WCSD will continue to utilize this flexibility in setting optional quarantine procedures for those exposed in close contact.
  • School officials will continue to contact trace and notify close contacts to request that students/staff monitor for symptoms.
  • Those identified as close contacts will not be required to quarantine as long as they remain asymptomatic but may choose to do so.
  • Absences for students who choose to quarantine as a result of close contact exposure will be excused for up to 10 days.
  • The CDC and DPH recommend that those identified as close contacts should wear a well-fitting mask for 10 days.
Communication
Parents will be notified if their child is considered a potential close contact and weekly COVID-19 data reports will continue to be posted online here every Friday before noon.

Updated: January 3, 2022

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