COVID-19 Health Precautions

Page updated Jan. 13 with school protocol levels.

Due to the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic, BCSS has developed a decision matrix to help guide future decisions for schools on a school-by-school basis. Items to note:

  • In all cases, BCSS will conduct contact tracing, notify close contacts, and follow guidelines for standard/modified quarantine.
  • Close contacts are individuals who are not wearing a face mask -or- are not fully vaccinated and are within 3 feet of a positive case.
  • Individuals consistently wearing a face mask or fully vaccinated will not be considered a close contact at any distance.
  • Modified Quarantine, as allowed by the Georgia Department of Public Health, is used in order to preserve in-person instruction for healthy students.
  • A modified quarantine is only allowed for students who are identified as a close contact within the school setting. This does not apply to a household exposure. Those individuals will be required to follow standard quarantine procedures set forth by DPH.
  • The school system’s decisions will be based upon guidance and data from collaborating public health agencies.
  • Mitigation strategies will be implemented based on school level data.
  • In order for a school to move back to the previous level, the percent of active cases must fall within the specific threshold for five (5) consecutive school days.
  • *Distance Learning may be considered at any point in which personnel limits the capacity to conduct in-person learning.

School Protocol Level

The protocol level for each school is listed below. This will be updated periodically and at least once a week. If a school reaches Level III, then parents will be contacted directly (email, call, Remind text) with guidance on how to proceed. 

school level

Alternative Education Program

Level I
Apalachee High Level II
Arts & Innovation Magnet Level II

Auburn Elementary

Level I
Barrow Arts & Sciences Academy Level I
Bear Creek Middle Level II
Bethlehem Elementary Level II
Bramlett Elementary Level I
County Line Elementary Level I
Haymon-Morris Middle Level I
Holsenbeck Elementary Level I
Kennedy Elementary Level II
Russell Middle Level I
Statham Elementary Level I
Winder-Barrow High Level II
Winder Elementary Level I
Westside Middle Level I
Yargo Elementary Level II


Health Precaution Details

Expand the sections below to review our COVID-19 precautions. Each of our 19 schools and programs are different; different ages of students, different building layouts, different technology devices, different daily schedules. Therefore, each school will have a slightly different approach to implementing these precautions. Individual schools may provide additional information about steps they are taking for their students and staff. Regardless of location, safety is our number one priority. Please keep in mind, these may change due to state and local guidance or an increase in area COVID-19 cases.

BCSS policies and procedures are intended to mitigate not eliminate risk. No single action or set of actions will completely eliminate risk of COVID-19 transmission, but implementation of several coordinated interventions can greatly reduce that risk.

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