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COVID Status UpdatePosted by Butts County School System on 9/27/2021
BCSS Families & Stakeholders,
I wanted to provide you with an update on our current status in terms of the transmission of COVID-19 within the school district. I also wanted to thank you again for your continued support and collaboration as we work together to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on our community and our schools. Maintaining safe and successful learning environments for our students and staff remains our top priority. Despite the challenging circumstances we encountered at the start of the school, we have taken measured steps forward each day and things have improved over the last few weeks. Positive case numbers have remained below one to one and half percent in each of our schools this week. Likewise, transmission rates, as well as the positivity rate within our community have decreased significantly over the last two weeks.
We are incredibly appreciative of the collective efforts of everyone pulling together to get us through this latest surge together- as one team- to keep BCSS open and thriving. We are certainly encouraged by the decrease in transmission rates within our community and schools; however, it is imperative that we continue to monitor developments closely and implement mitigation measures as needed. Likewise, we will consider opportunities to restore normal operating procedures when conditions improve. As you know, our temporary face-covering requirement is scheduled to expire today. Going forward, the use of face-coverings will continue to be required on all school buses and recommended while inside BCSS facilities. We will continue to provide face-coverings for all students and staff and encourage the continued use of them especially when it is difficult to maintain physical distancing. We will continue to monitor community and school transmission data closely and adjust our approach to this mitigation measure as needed. All other mitigation measures will remain in place for at least the next nine school days. We will again reevaluate our data during our Fall Break to determine next steps.
Once again, let’s continue to work together to ensure we can preserve the opportunity to provide in-person learning. We ask all students, staff, and families to remain committed to practicing healthy habits in order to minimize the transmission of COVID-19 and other illness. Most importantly, we ask that students remain at home if they are sick. It is our sincere belief and hope that following this guidance will help us keep our schools open for in-person learning.
Dr. Todd Simpson
HMS and JHS UpdatePosted by Butts County School System on 8/26/2021
I am writing to inform you all students at Henderson Middle School and Jackson High School will continue with virtual learning through Tuesday, August 31. We will plan to resume in-person learning on Wednesday, September 1 for HMS and JHS students. This decision only impacts Henderson Middle School and Jackson High School. All other schools in the Butts County School System will continue to operate as currently scheduled.
The number of students and staff returning from a quarantine and/or a positive test result is improving each day. However, as we continue to evaluate the number of staff and students eligible to return on Monday, we still have many students and several staff that would need some additional time. As we look further into the week, the numbers drop considerably. For example, if we were to resume in-person learning at JHS on Monday, we would still have approximately 400 students completing a required quarantine or isolation. At HMS our number of quarantines and/or isolations are considerably better (approximately 81) – however we still have five staff members that need additional time to complete a required quarantine or isolation. By waiting until Wednesday to resume in-person learning, we greatly reduce these numbers and it gives us time to evaluate any health concerns that might have developed over the weekend. We will continue to ensure transparency in reporting current COVID-19 data on our website and by providing relevant notifications to our families.
As noted previously, we have used this time to thoroughly disinfect all of our facilities at HMS and JHS. Additionally, we are evaluating instructional environments to maximize physical distancing and will continue to revise procedures as needed to minimize close contacts. We look forward to welcoming our students back to campus on Wednesday morning. HMS & JHS staff members will continue to report to campus and provide daily instruction through Google Classroom.
We thank you for your continued support and collaboration as we navigate through this challenging time. We remain hopeful and optimistic that better days are ahead. Please continue to do your part to help us minimize the impact of COVID-19 on our community. Finally, it is imperative that students remain at home if they are sick and that you notify the school of any positive test results.
Dr. Todd Simpson
Jackson High School Transitioning to Virtual Learning for All Students August 24th-27th, 2021Posted by Butts County School System on 8/24/2021
All students at Jackson High School will transition to virtual learning for the next four school days effective at the end of classes today (August 23, 2021). Tuesday, August 24 - Friday, August 27 will be virtual learning days for all JHS students. At the present time our plan is to resume in-person learning on Monday, August 30; however, we will reassess circumstances on Friday morning and provide updated communication by noon if this changes. Elementary schools in the Butts County School System will
continue to operate as currently scheduled.
Based on the reports that came in today, we currently have 57 students and/or staff reporting a positive test result. Thus, the number of individuals required to quarantine have increased significantly throughout the day. We are hopeful that by moving to a virtual platform that we will limit the potential for continued transmission and provide a better platform for delivering instruction. Additionally, we will use this time to thoroughly disinfect all of our facilities at JHS.
Students and teachers will connect via the Google Classroom platform for class activities for the remainder of this week. Students who have opted for full-time virtual status will continue to access the classroom content through Edgenuity. Mr. Rustin and the JHS team will send out additional details
regarding the instructional schedule and extracurricular activities.
It is imperative that we continue to work together to ensure we can preserve the opportunity to provide in-person learning. We ask all students, staff, and families to continue practicing healthy habits to help us minimize the transmission of COVID19. We will continue to encourage and strongly recommend the use of face-coverings while on the school bus and while indoors. In addition, we ask that students remain at home if they are sick. It is our sincere belief and hope that following this guidance will help us
keep our schools open for in-person learning.
Dr. Todd Simpson
Updated Quarantine GuidancePosted by Butts County School System on 8/20/2021
BCSS Families and Stakeholders
I am writing to make you aware of revised quarantine protocols for individuals exposed to those testing positive to COVID-19. As stated previously, we will continue to adjust as circumstances around the ongoing pandemic dictate. Based on the concerns associated with elevated transmission levels, it has become necessary to revise the protocols for quarantines- effective Friday, August 20, 2021
A direct exposure is defined as being within 3 feet for at least 15 minutes of someone confirmed to have tested positive for COVID-19. Based on an increase in COVID-19 cases throughout our district and community, we are requiring all students who are deemed a direct contact of a positive individual to quarantine. Parents of individuals who have been directly exposed in the school setting will be notified by school personnel.
Going forward, any student who is a direct contact of an individual testing positive for COVID-19 will be required to quarantine for a maximum of 14 days. Students in quarantine may return sooner if given a test on day 6 and the results are negative, then they may return on day 8. Additionally, students may return after day 10 if they have not exhibited any symptoms associated with COVID-19.
We certainly want to minimize the number of days students and staff are separated from school. However, we also must also do all that we can to maintain a safe and successful learning environment during this time period.
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. I want to reassure everyone that we are constantly monitoring developments very closely and will continue to collaborate with state and local officials to ensure the safety of our children and staff.
Please continue to inform your child’s school of any exposures outside of school as well as a positive test result for your student. Finally, please be sure to keep students home and seek medical care if they are exhibiting symptoms associated COVID-19. Be sure to check our website www.bcssk12.org for the most up-to-date information and resources.
Thank you for your continued support of BCSS and all you do to make BCSS a great place to be!
Dr. Todd Simpson