Barrow County School System is monitoring COVID-19 cases in our schools. We will report the number of positive cases concerning students and staff each week. Close contacts to positive cases will be notified and instructed on how to proceed with quarantine. Those numbers will not be shared here due to the numerous factors that can now determine who quarantines. (For example, if a student or staff member is fully vaccinated without symptoms, they will not be guided to quarantine.)
Case Data Updated Sept. 7, 2021
*Numbers refer to new positive cases of COVID-19 for students and staff, based on the data received from schools at the time of compiling the weekly report. Any additional cases received after our internal deadline will be reported in the following week's data. Following federal law, no information will be shared that would identify individuals.
Temporary Mask Requirement
As of Wednesday, September 1, 2021, the Barrow County School System transitioned to a temporary system-wide indoor mask requirement.
- This applies to all indoor areas of any BCSS facility and our school buses.
- Any student with a valid note from a doctor, medical professional, or therapist confirming that their child should not wear a mask will be excused from the requirement.
When the numbers of positive cases and related quarantines are at a manageable number system-wide, we will rescind the requirement. A complete explanation of the data and our decision-making process is posted here on our website.
Who needs to Quarantine
If a confirmed COVID-19 case was reported on a specific date for your child’s school and you were not directly contacted by school personnel then your child was not identified as a close contact to a confirmed case. The graphic below helps describe close contact quarantine scenarios.
If a close contact has been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (two doses of Pfizer vaccine, plus two weeks after dose 2), then they will not have to quarantine. To expedite the contact tracing process, students or parents may submit a copy of the COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card that will be added to their student record.
Need information on where to get vaccinated? We have some local locations.
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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