COVID-19 Health Precautions

Published Nov. 10, 2021. Jan. 13, 2022: added school protocol levels. March 18, 2022 with DPH update.

On March 17, 2022, the Georgia Department of Public Health updated COVID-19 Reporting Requirements for schools and childcare. Schools and childcares are now not required to conduct contact tracing or close a classroom after a positive case in that classroom. Read more about the reporting and notification updates.

When necessary, BCSS will use the decision matrix below to help guide future decisions for schools on a school-by-school basis. Items to note:

  • BCSS will follow guidelines for contact tracing, notifying close contacts and quarantine procedures.
  • 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


Apalachee High Level I
Arts & Innovation Magnet Level I

Auburn Elementary

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


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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