On Wednesday, August 12th, the Georgia Department of Public Health released an updated guidance document for Georgia K-12 Schools and School-Based Programs regarding COVID-19 mitigation and preventative measures in the school environment. The document contains recommendations and requirements on social distancing, cleaning and hygiene, face coverings, reporting and handling confirmed cases, as well as guidance for school nurses and school health providers. The guidance is intended to be used as considerations for Georgia schools as they continue to reopen and return to in-person instruction. It is suggested that families and student should use this guidance document to better understand what health practices are being put in place in their child's school. Practices in the document that are required must be implemented by all Georgia public schools. These practices are essential baseline actions in order to minimize risk of exposure to COVID-19 for students, staff, teachers, and families across the state. Recommendations mentioned in the document are additional strategies that schools may choose to use to minimize the spread of COVID-19. To read the entire document, please click below for a downloadable copy.
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