We understand our community’s concerns regarding the potential impact of COVID-19 and want to keep our school families updated on how Cobb Schools is responding. We also want our school community to have access to the most updated and reliable information. As always, our top priority is the safety and health of our students and staff.

Health & Safety Protocols

Masks/PPE

  • Social distancing will be required of all students and staff in every possible circumstance
  • In accordance with Federal, State, and local public health recommendations, masks or face coverings are strongly recommended for students and expected for staff to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19 when social distancing is not possible during school or related activities
  • Additional PPE in clinics
  • Students and staff may wear face shields in accordance with CDC guidance

Practicing Prevention

  • Hand sanitizer will be provided at building entrances and throughout the building
  • Teach, practice and reinforce good hygiene measures (frequent handwashing, covering coughs and sneezes, use of face coverings)
  • Restricted use of high traffic areas with additional safety protocols (i.e. water fountains)
  • Students are encouraged to bring their own water bottles
  • Avoid shared classroom supplies between students
  • Avoid shared food/snacks
  • Strongly recommend that students and expect staff to follow CDC/DPH recommendations to wear face coverings (sensitive to needs of students/staff with medical issues that make wearing a face covering inadvisable)
  • Implement social distancing measures as possible
  • Enhanced cleaning protocols will be implemented (high touch surfaces, restrooms, etc.)

Protective Barriers

  • Protective partitions placed in select locations in school buildings

School Clinics

  • Encourage staff/students/families to self-screen before work/school for fever, chills, cough, difficulty breathing, congestion, sore throat, nausea/vomiting, body aches, etc.)
  • Maintain ongoing contact with Cobb and Douglas Public Health, report COVID-19 cases (confirmed or suspected) per reporting protocol, follow Cobb and Douglas Public Health guidance and protocols for sick students and personnel, and review relevant local/state regulatory agency policies and orders for updates
  • School Nurses/Clinic Substitutes will triage sick students/staff during School Clinic visit (assessment, temperature check, etc.) and follow district procedures for when students show signs of illness or injury
  • Designated isolation area for individuals with COVID-19 symptoms
  • Educate and inform staff and students/families to stay home, not come to school/work, and notify school officials if they have COVID-19 symptoms, are diagnosed with COVID-19, are waiting for test results, or have been exposed to someone with symptoms or a confirmed or suspected case per CDC/DPH guidance
  • Staff/students return to work/school per CDC/DPH guidance after COVID-19 illness or exposure
  • School Nurses/Clinic Substitutes will use standard and transmission-based precautions when providing care to students/staff

Public Health Signage

  • Post signage in classrooms, hallways, office spaces, and entrances to communicate the following: Covid-19 symptoms, how to stop the spread, and preventative measures (including staying home when sick), good hygiene, and school and district specific protocols
  • Provide physical guides to promote social distancing (tape on floors, signs, one-way routes in hallways, lanes in hallways)

Transportation

  • Hand sanitizer will be provided on the bus for Bus Drivers and Students
  • Per CDC recommendations masks are expected for Bus Drivers and are strongly recommended for students as social distancing cannot be achieved on a school bus
  • Continue our practice of assigned seating for students to facilitate safe and efficient loading and unloading
  • Field trips will be suspended until further notice
  • Viraseptic spray and cleaning supplies will be provided for each bus to wipe down and disinfect the buses after morning and afternoon routes

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Instructional Day

  • Use of scheduling measures to balance class size to promote physical distancing to the extent possible
  • Limit physical interaction through partner or group work
  • Consider classroom arrangement to maximize physical distancing
  • Large group gatherings will be eliminated
  • Non-essential visitors will not be allowed
  • Volunteering opportunities will be limited
  • Eliminate activities that involve sharing of communal items
  • Separate student’s belongings from others’ in individually labeled containers, cubbies, or designated areas

Food & Nutrition Services

  • Handwashing before and after meals
  • Some students will eat in the classroom (SpEd units, PreK, etc.)
  • Conduct cleaning of cafeteria and high-touch surfaces throughout the day
  • Pre-order meals for Remote Learners will be available
  • Masks will be worn at all times by FNS staff
  • Enhanced cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting procedures will be implemented in addition to regular stringent cleaning measures for food safety
  • Applications for Free or Reduced-Price meals can be completed online at mealapps.cobbk12.org
  • Parents will be encouraged to pay for meals online via MyPaymentsPlus.com
  • Modifying serving lines to eliminate students touching the line or food products while choosing meals
  • Social distancing guidelines will be followed for student dining areas to the extent possible
  • No parents/guests will be allowed in cafeteria