Wellness

  • Athens City Schools will implement a screening continuum and other mitigating strategies to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection and transmission. 


    Screening Continuum for Students

    SCREENING CONTINUUM FOR STUDENTS

    Home is the first point on the screening continuum.

    • Parents should monitor for fever and COVID-19 symptoms. 
    • Students with a fever of 100.4 or greater must not come to school and must be fever free for at least 72 hours without the use of fever reducing medications before returning to school.
    • Students who have been exposed to COVID-19 should self-isolate for 14 days from the last close contact (or as directed by a physician or ADPH). Blended learning will be utilized. NOTE: Exposure is defined as being within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 10 days OR living with someone who has tested positive within the last 10 days. 
    • Students who test positive for COVID-19 must self-isolate for 14 days (or as directed by a physician or ADPH). When well enough, blended learning will be utilized.

    Transportation is the second point on the screening continuum.

    • Parents should ensure that children practice physical distancing while at bus stops.
    • Buses will use clearly visible signage that students should not have fever or COVID-19 symptoms if traveling on a school bus. 
    • Each bus will have a quarantine seat for students who show symptoms enroute. 
    • Students who begin to show symptoms during transportation will be assigned a specific seat for the duration of the route. Upon arrival at the local school, the driver will communicate with the school administration and/or school nurse as to the observed or noted symptoms.

    School is the final point on the screening continuum.

    • School system staff should visually check for symptoms (which may include temperature checks and/or confirmation with families that the students are COVID-19 symptom free). Symptoms include, but may not be limited to, fever, chills, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, new cough, loss of taste or smell. Click here for the CDC list of symptoms.
    • In the event a student begins to show symptoms of COVID-19 while at school they will be sent to a quarantine area until a parent picks them up. 
      • If diagnosed with COVID-19, the student can return to school after 14 days of symptoms first appearing (or as directed by a physician).
    • It is the responsibility of the Alabama Department of Public Health to notify individuals of possible exposure to COVID-19.

    The parent/guardian of a student who tests positive should notify their school nurse and/or school principal upon knowledge of this positive result (student/staff identification will remain confidential). Families should follow ADPH guidelines when a student or close family member tests positive for COVID-19 https://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/covid19/patients.html.


    Screening Continuum for Employees 

    • THERMOMETER Employees should monitor for fever and COVID-19 symptoms at home. Click here for the CDC Symptoms for COVID-19.
    • CDC guidelines are subject to change so check the CDC website at www.cdc.gov for the most up to date information.
    • Employees who are symptomatic should not report to work and should contact their administrator immediately.
    • In the event an employee begins to show symptoms of COVID-19 while at school, the employee will contact the school nurse and school principal immediately.

    Return to Work Guidelines

     Employees should follow current CDC suggestions for returning to work:

    • Employee tested positive
      • Employee has been fever-free for 3 days without medication;
      • Any respiratory symptoms have improved (coughing, congestion, runny nose, etc.); AND
      • It has been 10 days since symptoms first appeared or positive test was received
    • Employee was symptomatic but tested negative
      • 14 days after symptoms began (in case of false negative)
    • Employee was symptomatic but not tested
      • Employee has been fever-free for 3 days without medication;
      • Any respiratory symptoms have improved (coughing, congestion, runny nose, etc.); AND
      • It has been 10 days since symptoms first appeared
    • Employee had close contact with a positive person (within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes) but not symptomatic
      • 14 days from exposure 
    • Employee had close contact with a positive person (within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes) and is symptomatic but not tested
      • 14 days from exposure

     Employee Sick Leave

    Facial Coverings 

    • Unless mandated by a government entity, it is recommended that facial coverings be worn when you are within six feet of a person from another household.  
    • Face coverings/masks must cover your nose and mouth. 
    • Students may bring a facial covering from home. 
    • Masks will be provided while supplies last.
    • Designated facial covering/mask breaks will occur throughout the day when students can be six feet apart.

    Physical Distance

    • Physical distancing will be practiced to the extent possible in the classroom. 
    • Teachers will be making adjustments to their classrooms to allow for students to spread out as much as possible.
    • Hallway traffic may be staggered to promote physical distancing.
    • Arrival/Dismissal procedures may be altered to allow for physical distancing.

    Sanitation and Personal Hygiene

    • All employees (including substitute teachers) will be trained on health and safety protocols.
    • Teachers will teach hygiene and sanitization practices, including proper use of facial coverings.
    • Athens City Schools will partner with parents in educating students on the importance of hand washing, hygiene, and physical distancing. 

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