COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information
Vaccination

Check this page for answers to frequently asked questions about the protocols and procedures in place related to COVID-19 and related announcements. Protocols are subject to change based on community scenarios and guidance from outside agencies.


Special Announcement: Back-to-School Vaccination Events

Vaccines will be available by appointment at The Wellness Center, Navicent Health during events this summer:

  • Saturday, Aug. 14 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Second doses only)

To make an appointment, visit www.CovidsafeGA.org or call 478-633-SAFE (7233). A parent or guardian must accompany minors to vaccination appointments.

Read more about the partnership here: Atrium Health Navicent, Bibb Schools, GaDPH, Macon-Bibb Partner to Hold Back-to-School Vaccine Events

COVID-19 vaccinations are not required but are strongly recommended and encouraged for any eligible individual 12 years and older. Find a vaccination site at www.vaccines.gov.


Get Notifications from the District

It is imperative for parents to review and update contact information in Parent Portal frequently. Instructions for Parent Portal: https://www.bcsdk12.net/parents/parentportal

Tips for using the Remind communications platform: https://www.bcsdk12.net/departments/communications/remind_communication_platform

 

Updated COVID Procedures

Revised 7/30/21

Please review the updated COVID-19 protocols for Bibb County School District. This information is subject to revision based on continued guidance throughout the school year by the Georgia Department of Public Health and the Georgia Department of Education.

 

COVID PROTOCOLS

  • Masks are required in all BCSD facilities. Masks are not required outdoors and during breakfast/lunch.
  • Masks are required on school buses.
  • COVID-19 vaccinations are not required but are strongly recommended and encouraged for any eligible individual 12 years and older. Find a vaccination site at www.vaccines.gov.
  • Individuals should remain home if they feel unwell and contact their medical provider if they are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Temperatures should still be checked each day when entering the building. Staff and students will not be required to record temperatures.
  • Class sizes will be back to normal as much as possible. Students should take precautionary measures – hand washing, wearing masks and socially distancing 3 feet in hallways.
  • The Bibb County School District will take precautions to avoid large gatherings and stagger events using virtual and outdoor options when possible.
  • Visitors are not allowed in the schools at this time. We are allowing approved volunteers who have been vaccinated for COVID-19 and wear a mask. We will allow a few exceptions to this protocol based on medical reasons.
  • The Bibb County School District will require volunteers to wear a mask. Upon sign-in through CheckMate, volunteers and guests will be required to respond to COVID-19 safety questions before completing the check-in process.
  • Parents are encouraged to make an appointment for visiting schools when possible.

 

CONTACT TRACING AND QUARANTINES

  • The Bibb County School District will rely on the Georgia Department of Public Health / North Central Health District to conduct all COVID-19 contact tracing. For GaDPH / North Central Health District information, visit https://northcentralhealthdistrict.org/.
  • If a student or employee tests positive for COVID-19, he/she is expected to notify the principal or supervisor. Principals and supervisors will notify the school nurse and send out general notification of a positive COVID-19 case in their school or building.
  • GaDPH will identify and notify close contacts. If you are not contacted by GaDPH, you are not considered a close contact.
  • It is imperative for parents to review and update contact information in Parent Portal frequently to ensure contact tracing is effective. Instructions for Parent Portal: https://www.bcsdk12.net/parents/parentportal
  • Any student or employee contacted by GaDPH and notified that he/she is a close contact should immediately notify their principal or supervisor of their status. Principals and supervisors will notify the school nurse.
  • Vaccinated students and employees who are identified as a close contact will not be required to quarantine. Any vaccinated individual identified as a close contact is still expected to report his or her close contact status to the principal or supervisor. A school nurse may ask for proof of vaccination.
  • GaDPH will provide students and employees with guidance on when they may return to school or work following their isolation or quarantine period. Students and employees are expected to follow isolation and quarantine guidelines provided by GaDPH. COVID-positive individuals must isolate and quarantine for 10 days and must be fever-free for at least 24 hours without use of fever-reducing medication before returning to school or work. School nurses and Human Resources administrators may assist with clarifying and identifying return dates.
  • Schools will assist GaDPH with contact tracing by keeping track of and providing seating charts. School administrators, teachers and staff are responsible for keeping updated records of seating charts.
  • When GaDPH needs assistance, school nurses will be the main point of contact at the school.
  • When a positive case of COVID-19 is identified in a building, Bibb County School District will send out general notification via email to staff and via the Remind platform to parents. General notification of a positive case will be sent to the whole school or building, and the message will provide a minimal level of identification, such as the grade level impacted. By law, District personnel cannot share the name of an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19. Close contacts will be notified by GaDPH. If you are not contacted by GaDPH, you are not considered a close contact.
  • Instruction of quarantined students will take place asynchronously through Canvas. Teachers and staff will use a designated attendance code for students who are in quarantine. Students must submit completed assignments in Canvas in order to be counted present for the duration of the quarantine period.
  • If a student is absent for 3 consecutive days, a school employee must make contact to find out why the individual is absent.
  • If an employee tests positive for COVID-19 or is identified by GaDPH as a close contact, he or she will not be required to use personal sick leave – for now. The District will verify close contact information against GaDPH records. Unvaccinated employees identified as close contacts will be expected to work from home during the quarantine period. This may include teaching classes remotely and/or participating in virtual professional learning. Vaccinated employees who are identified as a close contact will not be required to quarantine.
  • Bibb County School District will maintain data regarding the number of positive COVID-19 cases in schools and buildings.

 

EXAMPLES OF COVID PROTOCOLS

The following scenarios are intended to provide guidance on COVID-19 situations. The Georgia Department of Public Health (GaDPH) will conduct all contact tracing.

Scenario 1: 

If the student/employee is UNVACCINATED and is identified by GaDPH as a close contact, he/she must quarantine for 10 days, and test on or after day 5 of quarantine.

Scenario 2:

If the student/employee is VACCINATED and is identified as a close contact by GaDPH, he/she DOES NOT have to quarantine. He/she must still notify the principal or supervisor of close contact status.

*If he/she develops symptoms within two weeks of being identified as a close contact, he/she should get tested (remain out of school or work until results are received), and if positive, follow guidance in Scenario 3.

Scenario 3:           

If the student/employee tests positive for COVID, REGARDLESS OF VACCINATION STATE, they must isolate for 10 days. Prior to returning to school or work, students/employees must be fever-free without the assistance of medication for at least 24 hours.

Scenario 4:

If the student/employee previously tested positive for COVID, isolated the required number of days, and has become a close contact, he/she DOES NOT have to quarantine so long as the new close contact is within 3 months of the previous positive test period.

 

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