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Return-to-School Plan for Infectious Illness Mitigation

Operating Protocol Levels

Bulloch County Schools has a 2021-2022 Return-to-School Plan. You may reference or print the plan's basic operating protocols below. The school district will regularly monitor and adjust its operating protocols as outlined in the plan based on COVID-19 case, close contact and cluster or other illness data in our school district, and the Georgia Department of Public Health's regular county indicator reports.  If you have questions, need more information, or would like to offer feedback to the plan and its safety protocols, contact 912.212.8500 or contact us by email.

Operating Protocol History

  • Bulloch County Schools began the 2021-2022 school year on August 2, 2021, under the No to Moderately-High Spread Level protocols of its Return-to-School Plan.
  • From August 12, 2021 to November 7, 2021, the school district activated and followed the High-Spread Level protocols of its Return-to-School Plan.
  • From November 8, 2021 to January 4, 2022, the school operated under the No to Moderately High Spread Level protocols of its Return-to-School Plan. 
  • From January 5, 2022 to February 27, 2022, the school district operated under its High Spread Level protocols of its Return-to-School Plan.
  • From February 28, 2022 to present, the school district has been operating under its No to Moderately High Spread Level protocols of its Return-to-School Plan.
Return-to-School Plan Flyer (Printable Version)
Return-to-School Plan Flyer (Digital Version)

This is Bulloch County Schools’ Return-to-School Plan for 2021-2022 in regards to the mitigation of infectious illnesses. A print-friendly version is posted above as well. If you have questions, need more information, or would like to offer feedback to the plan and its safety protocols, contact 912.212.8500 or contact us by email.

The State of Georgia is not currently under a state of emergency for public health; however, to help further mitigate the spread of infectious illnesses, like COVID-19, Bulloch County Schools implemented a Return-to-School Plan and has implemented the Georgia Department of Public Health's requirements to the best of our reasonable ability, while we balance the overall safety and academic and social-emotional wellbeing of our students. We will also encourage our employees and students to use these daily health guidelines to help mitigate infectious illnesses. These guidelines have been regularly updated and shared with employees, parents, guardians, and students.

Practice General daily protocols to prevent the spread of infectious illnesses (updated 01/22/2022)
Thermometer Daily Health Self-Checks: Do not come to work or send a child to school sick. Remember to use our recommended Daily Health Guide for Employees and Students. It will guide you on how to conduct daily health self-checks with your family for symptoms of infectious illness and know when to isolate or quarantine.  
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Stay home for five full days when the following situations occur, and then wear a well-fitting mask for five more days when around others:

  • You have symptoms of COVID-19 but you have not been tested, unless a doctor provides a note, with an alternate date you can return to work or school.
  • You have a confirmed-positive case of COVID-19, but no symptoms or have mild symptoms. You have a confirmed positive case of COVID-19, even if you have no symptoms or the symptoms are mild. You may only return after five full days if symptoms have improved and you've been fever free for 24 hours without the use of medication.
  • You were exposed to a known positive case of COVID-19 in the previous 10 days, and you are choosing to quarantine based on Georgia Department of Public Health guidance and vaccination status.
  • You are waiting for COVID-19 test results.

You may return on Day 6 if symptoms have resolved and you have been fever-free for at least 24 hours without the aid of fever-reducing medication.

Remember: Your Day One of isolation or quarantine is the day after symptoms begin or the day after exposure to a confirmed-positive COVID-19 case outside of school. You have the choice to isolate or quarantine at home for 10 full days instead. If you do, please notify your school.

Children who had a severe to critical illness (if hospitalized for shortness of breath, pneumonia, low oxygen levels, respiratory failure, septic shock and/or multiple organ failure or who are severely immunocompromised) may return to school only after all of the following:

  • at least 20 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
  • at least 24 hours have passed since last fever without the use of fever reducing medications.
  • symptoms have improved.
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Report your COVID-19 case or COVID-related absences online. You no longer need to call your school or school nurse. Using the online tool is preferred, but if you do not have access to internet, you may call your school: 

When should I submit a COVID-19 absence report?

  • You have tested positive for COVID-19.
  • You choose to quarantine for 5 to 10 days due to a known close contact with a positive case of COVID-19
  • You have COVID-19 symptoms after close contact to a known COVID-positive case, and you will isolate for 5 to 10 days

Families may follow the Department of Public Health's guidance of five full days of isolation or quarantine in these instances, or they may choose for their child to remain home for up to 10 days. Please contact your school if you choose the 10-day option. 

Use this online tool to report COVID-19-related absences .

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School Nurses Will Monitor General Student Health At School: 

The school district has a team of 17 registered nurses and licensed practical nurses. They encourage good health practices that include handwashing, respiratory hygiene and to stay home when sick. They assist students who become sick at school in the following ways:

  • Conduct in-depth health history and note past medical conditions and current medications.
  • Complete a thorough assessment using health protocols. Based on the documented symptoms and professional judgement, the school nurse will do the following:
    • Place student in a monitored isolation area.
    • Contact the parent or guardian to pick up the infectious child from school.
    • Ask parents or guardians to keep the child at home until the end of their isolation period unless a physician note to return is provided.
    • Encourage parent or guardian to see a physician for diagnosis and evaluation.
  • For children who present in the school nurse's clinic with COVID-like symptoms, the school nurse will complete an evidence-based health assessment to determine if the child's symptoms meet the criteria to isolate at home. (*Symptoms include fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit with symptoms of illness or 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit without presenting symptoms such as chills, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, headache (usually severe), sore throat, new onset of cough, congestion, runny nose, muscle or body aches, fatigue, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, or new loss of taste or smell.)
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We will contact you:

  • Parents and employees: Please report confirmed-positive COVID-19 cases to us.  The preferred method to report these is online or by using the QR code on the Bulloch County Schools Infectious Illness Guide Flyer. If you do not have the ability to report them electronically, you may also call your school.
  • We send out messages each weeknight at 6:30 p.m. The message will state the earliest date the student may return to school.
  • As of 8 p.m. on Friday, January 21, Bulloch County Schools ​discontinued its efforts to contact trace close contact exposures to COVID-19 positive cases in its schools and offices. 
  • Bulloch County Schools does not conduct COVID-19 testing, nor do we receive testing results from medical providers.
  • Bulloch County Schools is unable to control the time it takes to process COVID-19 tests or receive positive reports.
  • For the time period a child is isolated or quarantined, the school district provides distance learning parents and guardians the opportunity to order free weekly meals online for pick up.
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Mask Wearing:

  • Masks are encouraged, but not required in schools or on buses.
  • Bulloch County Schools has exercised the opportunity provided by the Department of Public Health guidelines to allow students who have been exposed to a confirmed COVID case at school to remain at school and not quarantine as long as they remain asymptomatic.  

  • If your child was a close contact to a known COVID-19 positive case at school, it is strongly encouraged for them to wear a mask for at least 10 days when around others.

  • In the High Spread level of the school district's Return-to-School plan, masks are encouraged, signage encouraging masks is placed in all schools, and for those who do not have a mask of their own, the schools will provide one by request.
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Vaccinations: There are certain vaccines that are required by the national Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and the State of Georgia. Your local physician or the Bulloch County Health Department can provide you with these immunizations and the required Georgia Certificate of Immunization Form 3231 for school attendance. 

At this time the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Georgia Department of Public Health do not require adults or children to receive the COVID-19 vaccine for public health, nor for school attendance. For this reason, Bulloch County Schools will not require its employees or students to receive the vaccine.  

Persons age 12 and older who wish to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, can contact their primary physician or local pharmacy, or review this list of locations in Bulloch County who provide the vaccine.

Persons who are up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccinations do not have to be quarantined due to exposure to a confirmed positive case unless they become symptomatic.

Parents do not have to provide proof of their child’s COVID-19 vaccine to attend school or for contact tracing for exposures inside or outside of school. Due to the Federal Educational Rights & Privacy Act and an Executive Order by the governor of the State of Georgia, school district employees may not ask if an adult or child has received the COVID-19 vaccine, nor can the school district require documentation that a person has received the vaccine.  School nurses, as medical professionals, are authorized users of the State of Georgia’s Registry of Immunization Transactions and Services, and they can access this information as a tool for COVID-19 quarantine management for those exposed outside the school environment who are not vaccinated.

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Report of COVID-19 Cases 

  • The school district will notify the Department of Public Health immediately when a positive case is identified in the school.
  • School nurses will provide a weekly COVID-19 report to the Georgia Department of Public Health.
  • Bulloch County Schools will provide a weekly report of COVID cases on our website, so that it is readily available to the public and news media.
  Refer to the Georgia Department of Public Health Guidance for additional information.
Department of Public Health Isolation Guidance 
● Department of Public Health Call Center - 1-855-473-4374
Make a Learning Model Choice for Your Child

In our school district's continued response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bulloch County Schools offers both a traditional learning option (Pre-K to 12) and a virtual learning program for K-12. 

We ask that families make a learning model choice and commit to it for the entire 2021-2022 school year. It is in a child's best interest for academic success to not randomly switch between learning models. This also allows us to appropriately distribute faculty across the two models. However, how a child is educated and school attendance always remain a parent's choice.

Returning Students: Update your child's information

If your child is a returning student, please take a moment to confirm and update your child's information for 2021-2022. Prior to the first day of each academic year, parents or guardians are expected to login to their Infinite Campus Parent account to verify and update student and family information. During this process parents will provide updated contact information, inform the school of changes to household membership, communicate changes to student health information, and acknowledge all annual notices required by Bulloch County Schools or governing state and federal laws.

It it critical that this be completed by all parents each year so that school staff have the necessary information to provide services to your child and maintain communication with you throughout the year for both emergency and academic purposes.

  • Login to your Infinite Campus Parent Account
  • You will be on the Announcements page. 
  • Click on the "More" link from the site's menu. 
  • Click on the "Online Registration" link from the options.
  • Select "Update information for student(s) who are currently enrolled in this district"  if your child is a returning student.  If you have a brand new student, who will attend school with us for the first time, select the "Register student(s) who have never been enrolled in this district."
  • Follow the on-screen prompts to update your child's information for the new school year.
  • Be sure to hit the "Submit" button.
  • You will receive a confirmation email that your information was received and processed properly.
Need Help with your Infinite Campus Parent Account ?

You will need an Infinite Campus Parent Account in order to update your child's information for the new school year and to make your instruction model choice.

  • You can access your account on a computer or laptop or download the Infinite Campus Parent Mobile Application to your tablet or cellular phone from the Apple Ap Store or Google Play.
  • If you know your Infinite Campus Parent Account username and password, and you are ready continue, you can proceed.
  • Don't think you have an account? If you are the parent of a returning student, and you did not have an Infinite Campus Parent Account, we created one for you. We emailed a username and password to you previously; however, if you did not access that email, you can still recover your account's username and password. Watch this how-to video on our website to assist you. 
  • Have an account, but don't remember how to access it? Our how-to video can assist you as well.
  • If these tips to help you recover your account were unsuccessful, complete an online request for help.
Do you need to Withdraw your child from school ?

Only use this step if one of the following situations applies to your family:

  • You have relocated your family out of Bulloch County.
  • You will educate your child at home.
  • You will enroll your child in another school or online learning platform.

If any of the above situations applies, please officially withdraw your child from Bulloch County Schools, by completing this online Withdrawal Form.