Greenville County: GCS releases COVID-19 protocols

Greenville County: GCS releases COVID-19 protocols

By Steve Heldon

ADMITTED TO USING METH. THIS IS AN EXCITING TIME OF YEAR FOR MANY FAMILIES. KIDS ARE HEADING BACK TO THE CLASSROOMS, SCHOOLS ARE GETTING READY TO WELCOME THEM BACK, AND SOME DISTRICTS ARE LOOKING TO FILL POSITIONS. NIGEL: FAMILIES ARE ALSO TRYING TO CHECK EVERYTHING OFF THE TO DO LIST. KYLIE JONES JOINS US WITH EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW. KYLIE: NIGEL, GABBY, GOOD EVENING. THE GREENVILLE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT IS STILL LOOKING FOR TEACHERS. DOCTORS ARE ENCOURAGING PARENTS TO MAKE SURE THEIR KIDS HAVE EVERYTHING UP A DATE HEALTHWISE BEFORE THEY HEAD BACK FOR THE FIRST YEAR OF NORMALCY SINCE THE PANDEMIC. PARKSIDE PEDIATRICS SAYS IT ALWAYS SEES A BIG CROWD BEFORE THE SCHOOL YEAR STARTS. DOCTORS SAY THE SCHEDULES FOR PHYSICALS MAY HAVE BEEN THROWN OFF BY THE PANDEMIC. PARKSIDE IS ENCOURAGING FAMILIES TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE ALL CAUGHT UP. NURSE PRACTITIONERS ARE ENCOURAGING FAMILIES TO TALK TO THEIR DOCTOR ABOUT GETTING ELIGIBLE KIDS VACCINATED FOR COVID-19. >> I THINK WE’VE SEEN SOME INTEREST INCREASE WITH SCHOOL COMING BACK UP AND THIS LATEST WAVE COMING BACK THROUGH, AND THEN ALSO THE FAMILY THAT HAD THEIR KIDS VACCINATED, AND NOW THEY ARE SIX MONTHS ELIGIBLE, THEY ARE GETTING YOUNGER CHILDREN VACCINATED, SO WE ARE SEEING SOME INCREASE, BUT THERE ARE SOME FOLKS WERE STILL HESITANT AND NERVOUS ABOUT IT. KYLIE: GREENVILLE COUNTY SCHOOLS SAYS IT WILL BE SHARING INFORMATION ON ITS COVID-19 PROTOCOLS THIS WEEK. GREENVILLE COUNTY SCHOOLS SAY IT IS STILL WORKING TO FILL STAFFING OPENINGS. IT HAS 41 TEACHER OPENINGS, 47 FOOD AND NUTRITION OPENINGS, AND 65 TRANSPORTATION OPENINGS. THE NUMBER FOR TEACHERS, THAT NUMBER IS ALREADY DOWN FROM LAST WEEK. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ANYTHING CONCERNING BACK TO SCHOOL FOR THE CAROLINAS AND GEORGIA, HEAD

With just four days before the first day of school, Greenville County Schools on Thursday released specifics about COVID-19 requirements parents and students can expect for the coming school year. South Carolina back-to-school guide: What you need to know before students head back to school The requirements follow those released by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. DHEC now requires school districts to report when a cohort (meaning a class, group or team) of more than 5 individuals (students and/or staff) has 20% or more positive cases within 72 hours. GCS is required to track positive cases, and if a cohort that a student participates in (such as a class, team or club) has 20% or more positive cases within 72 hours, GCS will notify DHEC. While not required by DHEC, schools will provide additional notification to families of students who are in a cohort with 20% of more positive cases. The following DHEC requirements will continue from last year: If a child is exhibiting any of the following symptoms, with or without fever (100.4 or greater), they must be excluded from school and may return with a negative COVID test OR a doctor’s note clearing return with no further exclusion. New/worsening cough Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing New loss of taste and smell If a child tests positive for COVID, you must report it to the school, and your child must isolate for five days. If a child tests positive for COVID-19, they may return to school activities, as outlined in the provided guidance, on Day 6 as long as the following DHEC requirements are met: Symptoms are significantly improving and no fever in the past 24 hours without using fever-reducing medication Mask must be worn days six through 10 Please note that while students may return to in-person school on day #6 as long as DHEC requirements are met, students are not eligible to participate in athletics until after Day 10. All of this information is being communicated with students’ families through Parent Backpack and School Messenger. Anyone with questions about these DHEC requirements should contact the front office of their child’s school.

With just four days before the first day of school, Greenville County Schools on Thursday released specifics about the COVID-19 requirements parents and students can expect for the coming school year.

South Carolina back-to-school guide: What you need to know before students head back to school

The requirements follow those released by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

  • DHEC now requires school districts to report when a cohort (meaning a class, group or team) of more than 5 individuals (students and/or staff) has 20% or more positive cases within 72 hours.
  • GCS is required to track positive cases, and if a cohort that a student participates in (such as a class, team or club) has 20% or more positive cases within 72 hours, GCS will notify DHEC. While not required by DHEC, schools will provide additional notification to families of students who are in a cohort with 20% of more positive cases.
  • The following DHEC requirements will continue from last year:
    • If a child is exhibiting any of the following symptoms, with or without fever (100.4 or greater), they must be excluded from school and may return with a negative COVID test OR a doctor’s note clearing return with no further exclusion.
      • New/worsening cough
      • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
      • New loss of taste and smell
    • If a child tests positive for COVID, you must report it to the school, and your child must isolate for five days.
      • If a child tests positive for COVID-19, they may return to school activities, as outlined in the provided guidance, on Day 6 as long as the following DHEC requirements are met:
        • Symptoms are significantly improving and no fever in the past 24 hours without using fever-reducing medication
        • Mask must be worn days six through 10
        • Please note that while students may return to in-person school on day #6 as long as DHEC requirements are met, students are not eligible to participate in athletics until after Day 10.

All of this information is being communicated with students’ families through Parent Backpack and School Messenger.

Anyone with questions about these DHEC requirements should contact the front office of their child’s school.

Source: Healthy Duck.

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