COVID-19 Guidelines and Information
GCPS is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students and staff. These are four things that we expect our students to do to help:
- Wear Masks – Masks or cloth face coverings are required for students and staff, both in school and on the bus. They should be worn properly, covering both the nose and mouth.
- Practice Hand Hygiene – Students should wash their hands when given opportunities to do so during the school day. In addition, every classroom will have hand sanitizer available and students should use this as they enter classrooms.
- Maintain Physical Distancing – Each school has a plan for the flow of foot traffic that includes directional signs and traffic patterns. While at school, students should follow these signs, and avoid stopping in hallways or congregating or meeting in groups.
- Stay Home When Sick –It is important that students stay home from school if they have COVID-19 symptoms, have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, are awaiting test results, or have tested positive. If a student becomes ill during the school day, he or she will be cared for and isolated from other students. Parents will be contacted and will need to come to the school to check out their student.
By sending your student into school you are acknowledging that your student is symptom-free, feeling well, and has not been a direct contact to a positive case of COVID-19.
Morning checklist: Use the morning checklist every morning before heading to school! Hang the flyer on your refrigerator or someplace visible in the mornings. Click here for the checklist!
Monitoring for symptoms: Click here.
Return to school guidelines: Click here.
Reporting a case or COVID questions: If you need to report a positive or suspected case for your student, please call our COVID Command Center. You will be asked to leave a voicemail with your student’s name, student number, a description of what you are reporting or questions you have, then a number for us to call. These messages are checked first thing every morning and frequently throughout the day.
DHS COVID Command Center Line 770-277-4435
Alyssa House, COVID-19 Team Coordinator 770-338-4746
Ashley Long, DHS School Nurse 770-277-4479
What if my students is a suspected or positive case?
If your student is a suspected or positive case for COVID-19 you need to report it to the school. Please call the COVID-19 line and leave a detailed message. Please be prepared to provide the following information when we return your call.
Date of onset of symptoms/ date tested
Name of potential direct contacts throughout the school day
Last date of school you attended.
What if my student is identified as a direct contact?
We will email and/or call the parents of any direct contact to a suspected/positive case. They will be self-isolated and learning from home for 14 days from the date of contact. Students cannot return to school until their self-isolation period is up.
What is the process when a student tests positive or is diagnosed with COVID-19?
#1: Student Tests Positive or is Diagnosed with COVID-19— Parent/guardian is responsible for notifying their child’s school immediately.
#2: District and Health Department Notification— The school’s trained Health Response Team enters information about the positive case into the district’s secure tracking tool. This information is reported to the Gwinnett County Health Department as required.
#3: Notify Parents/Guardians and Staff— If the student who tested positive had been at school, the school’s Health Response Team identifies and contacts anyone who has been in close contact. The CDC considers a close contact to be anyone who has been within 6 feet of the infected person for 15 minutes. In addition, affected families and staff members will be provided with information/recommendations from the health department, including when students and staff members may return to school and work.
#4: Continue Student Learning— Students and staff members in quarantine are temporarily transitioned to the digital learning platform. Unless a child is ill, school attendance and participation is expected.
#5: Share Additional Notifications— Parents/guardians receive email notification concerning any positive case in their classroom(s). Each day, the number of positive cases, by school, are posted on the district website.
Again, GCPS will use email as its primary method of communication. The district will use parent/guardian emails listed in the Parent Portal. Visit the Parent Portal and access ParentVUE to update your email address and other contact information.
How can I get an updated on district numbers?
Click here for further information on that.
More information is available at https://publish.gwinnett.k12.ga.us/gcps/myhome/public/schools/learninghub