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CCSD Coronavirus Response: Return to School 2020-2021

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Student and Parent or Guardian Collective Responsibility Agreement

Dear Students, Parents, and Guardians:

The Columbia County School District (CCSD) exists to empower and inspire students to excel in a safe, healthy school environment. The CCSD is dedicated to implementing safety precautions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 for our community, with the health and safety of our students and school employees as our top priority.  Our goal is to establish healthy and safe routines and procedures, limit outside exposure, and have response protocols in place to reduce and respond to the transmission of the virus.  Now we are asking that you join us in this commitment to keep our community healthy. By following these precautions together, we can reduce the chance of transmission and, therefore, keep students, faculty and staff on campus for as long as possible.

As school district personnel, we pledge to abide by the safety precautions set forth in the Return to School Plan and commit to the following measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19:

  • Stay home when we are sick. 
  • Report possible contact with infected individuals and positive test results. 
  • Social distance and avoid large group gatherings.
  • Wear masks when social distancing is not possible. 
  • Teach and practice good hygiene habits, such as washing hands and using sanitizer.
  • Frequently clean classrooms and common areas.
  • Utilize scheduling options to reduce the number of students coming in close contact with each other throughout the day.
  • Limit large group gatherings and cancel off-campus field trips unless approved by administration.
  • Limit visitors to the office area.  
  • Honor the confidentiality of our colleagues, students, and peers when they become ill from COVID-19. 
  • Welcome students or staff back without exclusion following an illness. 
  • Encourage each other, particularly our essential employees who are taking on the challenge of meeting the needs of our students during the pandemic.

Students, parents and guardians play a vital role in our school community.  We are asking you to commit to the Collective Responsibility Agreement below, indicating your willingness to join with us to keep our students, faculty, and staff healthy.  

Student and Parent or Guardian Collective Responsibility Agreement

As a student and a parent or guardian of a student, we understand that participation in school activities within the CCSD during the COVID-19 pandemic presents certain risks beyond control of the district, even though the district exercises the utmost care in trying to prevent anyone from getting sick.  To show our support and to help the community reduce the chance of transmission, we commit to the following measures to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19:

  • Stay home when we are sick. 
  • Monitor daily symptoms of COVID-19 such as:
  • Fever over 100 F
  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Report positive test results or possible contact with infected individuals. 
  • Practice social distancing and avoid large group gatherings.
  • Wear masks when social distancing is not possible, if not for ourselves, for our teachers and fellow students who may be more vulnerable. 
  • Practice good hygiene habits, such as washing hands and using sanitizer.
  • Honor the confidentiality of staff and students when they become ill from COVID-19. 
  • Treat those who are returning from illness with respect. 
  • Encourage essential employees who are taking on the challenge of meeting the needs of our students during the pandemic.

Finally, we must all recognize the importance of flexibility and embrace change during this world-wide crisis.  We must be diligent to comply with safety precautions and protect those who are most vulnerable.  We must work together to ensure teacher and student well-being and learning continuity.  

Together we are stronger!

 

The Columbia County School District holds that in-person instruction is best for student learning while acknowledging that the threat of COVID-19 has challenged our ability to provide face to face instruction as our sole method for teaching children. We understand that anything less than a full-time, in-person school schedule strains many of our parents who have to go to work and cannot be home with their children. We also recognize that because of medically fragile students, at-risk family members, or other issues, some families may not be comfortable returning to a traditional classroom until a vaccine for COVID-19 is widely available.

With that noted, for the start of the 2020-2021 School Year, the district will offer our families the following options: 

1) Traditional schooling, following guidelines based upon Georgia’s Path to Recovery for K-12 Schools that protect the health and well-being of students and staff as much as possible, or 

2) Learning from home, emphasizing that the level of instruction and learning expectations will be equal to a traditional schooling environment. (For those who still wish to enroll in Learn from Home, please submit your request to learnfromhome@ccboe.net. If you have already completed the Google form, no further action is needed.)

PLEASE NOTE: We are scheduling all Pre-K-12 students in the traditional schooling model, expecting all students to return to school on August 3.  

If you plan to send your child/children to school under this model, no further action is required.

The safety guidelines and plans set for our schools and facilities are based upon Georgia’s Path to Recovery for K-12 Schools and are fluid and subject to change, as the safety of our students and staff is a top priority.  

Click here to read our Updated Return to School Plan.

For questions, please email contactus@ccboe.net or call 706-541-2723. 

Individual Education Plan (IEP)

There is no one-size-fits-all approach, especially when we are considering the needs of our special learners. Every Individual Education Plan (IEP) is developed based on the student’s needs. Students with learning and attention challenges may struggle in the school environment and require hands-on instructional and behavioral supports. These supports may be impossible to duplicate in a virtual setting. It is recommended that parents of students with disabilities who are receiving special education services only consider the LFH option if their child’s health is already compromised. However, if the need is there, we will do our best to partner with parents and provide the best education possible. Please call the Special Services Department at 706-541-2700 to discuss your child’s specific situation.