Updated Quarantine Guidance

Posted 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!  

Sincerely,
Dr. Todd Simpson
Superintendent