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  • Situation at JHS

    Posted by Butts County School System on 3/25/2022

    BCSS Families and Stakeholders,

    Public Safety Officials responded a possible bomb threat  at Jackson High School that was called in to Jackson County 911 Center. School Officials and law enforcement staff have followed up on the report and have determined that we are safe to continue with normal operations. Please be assured that the safety of all students and staff in BCSS is our top priority. We will always take the greatest precaution to ensure that our students and staff are safe at all times. As always, we are thankful for our local public safety officials who are always there to ensure our safety. 

    Thank you for your continued support and for all you do to make BCSS a great place to be!

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  • Quarantine Guidance for the 2nd Semester, 2021-22

    Posted by Butts County School System on 1/3/2022

    BCSS Families and Stakeholders, 

    I hope the holidays have been restful, safe, and enjoyable for everyone. As we approach the start of second semester, I want to assure you that we are closely monitoring the current data associated with the transmission of COVID-19 within our community. At this time, we are planning for a return to in-person learning as scheduled on Thursday, January 6.

    As I am sure you are aware, positive cases of COVID-19 have increased significantly across the State recently. We will  continue to implement and adhere to prevention strategies as needed. Again, please know that our approach to  mitigation measures can certainly change as circumstances evolve. We will be sure to provide you with updates as  needed. Listed below is a summary of prevention measures we will use as the second semester begins. We will continue  to be responsive to the current transmission levels and adjust procedures as conditions improve. 

    • Current guidance recommends the use of a face covering that fits snugly against the face and covers the nose  and mouth while indoors. Mask with multiple layers and an adjustable metal strip along the top provide the best  protection. The use of a face covering will continue to be required on school buses and recommended while  indoors. Disposable 3-ply mask will continue to be provided for any student, staff member, or visitor who would  like to utilize one. 
    • Frequent handwashing and/or the use of hand sanitizers continue to be a critical strategy for preventing the  spread of illness. Therefore, we will continue to provide sanitizing stations and require students to wash or  sanitize hands often.  
    • Practicing respiratory etiquette is also a vitally important mitigation measure. We will be emphasizing and  reinforcing the importance of covering coughs and sneezes at all times.  
    • We will continue to ensure surfaces and facilities are cleaned and disinfected daily as recommended.  Additionally, we will continue to have our facilities thoroughly disinfected at intervals throughout the year while  school buildings are unoccupied.  
    • Water fountains will remain closed for now and we encourage students to bring water from home. We will also be providing bottled water as needed. Additionally, we have added bottle filling stations on each campus.
    • We will continue to exercise caution during meal time to limit large gatherings and possible exposure. Likewise, we will structure transitional times to limit exposure whenever possible.  
    • We will continue to do all that we can to maintain physical distance between students when and where possible.
    • It will be necessary for us to limit large indoor gatherings over the next few weeks or until community  transmission levels subside.  
    • Please continue to keep your student at home if they are sick or exhibiting symptoms associated with COVID-19.
    • Please continue to notify your student’s school of any positive test results or exposures within your home.
    • Isolation and quarantine guidance has changed since the conclusion of second semester. The current CDC  Guidelines are listed below.  

    Isolation: Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 (regardless of vaccination status) must: 

    • Isolate at home for 5 days from the date symptoms first appeared or, if asymptomatic, the date of the positive test. Stay away from others in the household as much as possible during isolation.
    • After 5 days, if you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving and you have not had fever for more than 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, you may end isolation. If symptoms are not improving or fever has not resolved, you should continue isolating until these criteria are met.
    • After ending isolation, you should continue to wear a mask around others for 5 days.

    Quarantine: If you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and you are: 

    • Boosted, or have become fully vaccinated within the last 6 months (Moderna or Pfizer vaccine) or within the last 2 months (J&J vaccine):

    o You do not need to quarantine at home. 
    o You should wear a mask around others for 10 days.
    o If possible, get tested on day 5.
    o If you develop symptoms, get tested and isolate at home until test results are received, then proceed in accordance with the test results. 

    • Unvaccinated, or became fully vaccinated more than 6 months ago (Moderna or Pfizer vaccine) or more than 2 months ago (J&J vaccine) and have not received a booster:

    o You must quarantine at home for 5 days. After that, continue to wear a mask around others for 5  additional days.
    o If possible, get tested on day 5. 
    o If you develop symptoms, get tested and isolate at home until test results are received, then proceed in accordance with the test results. 

    Our priority is to maintain a safe and successful learning environment for our students and staff throughout the school  year. While we certainly understand and share your concerns relative to the risks associated with resuming school; we  also know that our children desperately need to be in school. Therefore, we will continue to do all that we can to have a  successful school year in spite of the challenges we may encounter. It will be necessary for us to continue working  together to be responsive to any needs that may arise so that we can keep our children in school. 

    As always, the health and safety of our students is of the utmost importance. Please continue to check our website www.bcssk12.org for the most up-to-date information and resources. 

    Sincerely, 

    Dr. Todd Simpson
    Superintendent

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  • HMS Update

    Posted by Butts County School System on 11/3/2021

    BCSS Families, 

    We want to provide you with an update on the matter related to the threatening social media post directed at Henderson Middle School. School has continued to operate without incident throughout the day at HMS. Our teachers and students have made every effort to remain focused on teaching and learning. The ongoing investigation has not uncovered a credible threat to the safety of our school. However, we will continue to take all necessary precautions as we move forward with school activities. 

    Plans are in place to support a more structured dismissal today with additional staff and law enforcement present on campus. Scheduled after-school activities will take place this afternoon with the support of administration and school resource officers. 

    School will be in session tomorrow and we will continue to take all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of students and staff. 

    Efforts to identify the author of the social media post are ongoing. We are continuing to pursue leads provided by witnesses to the original post. Additionally, law enforcement officials are pursuing any digital evidence that might lead us to the individual responsible for the post. Again, school leaders are working closely with law enforcement to bring this investigation to a close as soon as possible. Please be assured that we are using every resource available to ensure our safety and to hold those responsible accountable. Thus far, we have not discovered any credible evidence of a continued threat to the safety of HMS students or staff. 

    Again, we will provide you with updates as information becomes available. Please be assured that our top priorities are to ensure the safety of our students and staff. Unfortunately, incidents such as this are occuring far too often in schools across the country. These incidents are alarming and cause a great deal of stress for everyone. It is important for all of us to continue working in collaboration with one another to ensure that our schools can continue to operate safely, despite efforts such as this to disrupt our learning environments. 

    Sincerely, 

    Dr. Todd Simpson
    Butts County Schools 
    Superintendent

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  • Update on Situation at HMS

    Posted by Butts County School System on 11/3/2021

    BCSS families,

    We want to provide you with an update on the matter related to the threatening social media post directed at Henderson Middle School. As stated previously, we became aware of this threat overnight and have continued to investigate the situation. The post was created using the Snapchat social media platform and was widely shared throughout our community. School administrators and law enforcement officials will utilize all available resources to keep our students safe and identify those responsible for the communication.

    Our school day is underway, teachers and students are making every effort to focus on teaching and learning. We will always take these matters seriously and respond with urgency. I want to assure everyone that we are taking all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of our students and staff while we continue to investigate. We have additional law enforcement officers on campus to provide support and assist with school operations. We will operate using our precautionary lockdown procedures out of an abundance of caution until this matter is resolved.

    Again, we will provide you with updates as information becomes available. Please be assured that our top priorities are to ensure the safety of our students and staff. Unfortunately, incidents such as this are occuring far too often in schools across the country. These incidents are alarming and cause a great deal of stress for everyone. It is important for all of us to continue working in collaboration with one another to ensure that our schools can continue to operate safely, despite efforts such as this to disrupt our learning environments.

    Sincerley,

    Dr. Todd Simpson
    Superintendent
    Butts County Schools

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