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An overview of protective measures being taken in schools…


  • Families should self-screen at home. It is recommended that families take temperatures daily before going to school. Anyone with a fever of 100.4 F or higher should not go to a school site. Students and adults also should screen themselves for respiratory symptoms such as cough and shortness of breath prior to coming to school each day. 


    • Students and staff with COVID-19 symptoms or a temperature of 100.4+ will be isolated immediately and sent home.
    • All students and employees must stay home if they have COVID-19 symptoms, have been in contact with someone with COVID or have symptoms and are awaiting test results, tested positive, or had close contact with a person with COVID-19 within the last 14 days.
    • For those who are ill, health department guidelines will be followed for return to school/work.


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  • Frequent handwashing encouraged, with breaks for scheduled handwashing at ES level. We also will recommend bringing hand sanitizer from home.
  • Ventilation systems monitored for proper operation.
  • Buses will be cleaned/disinfected after morning/afternoon routes.
  • GCPS is requiring those who attend and/or work at its schools— as well as those who drive buses and work in other GCPS facilities— to wear a face covering or mask to minimize the spread of illness, and keep students and staff members safe. If a student is not willing to wear a mask or face covering, he or she should consider digital learning. Accommodations will be made for students or employees unable to wear a mask for documented health reasons.
  • Schools will limit visitors; serve meals in classrooms; stagger lunch, playground, and class-change schedules; and hold meetings/events virtually as possible.
  • Where feasible, rooms will be arranged with student desks facing the same direction and students seated at tables will sit on the same side.
  • Students will be discouraged from sharing books, materials, supplies, or equipment, including devices and equipment used for athletics/PE.
  • Cafeteria keypads will be replaced with a barcode scanning system.
  • Students will have access to water during the day but will need to provide their own container.
  • Cleaning/disinfecting of buildings, surfaces, and high-touch objects will be done more frequently. 
  • A distinct set of cleaning/disinfecting protocols will be implemented for situations when someone in a facility tests positive for COVID-19 or exhibits symptoms caused by COVID-19 that includes closing off affected areas.
  • Custodians will use only GCPS-approved cleaning products from the list approved for use against the SARS-CoV2 virus.
  • The district will provide a box of vinyl gloves, a bottle of Pureforce Food Contact Quat Sanitizer, a bottle of Hillyard Vindicator+ cleaner/disinfectant, and paper towels for each classroom and office, replenishing supplies, as needed.


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