As many of you are aware, there has been an increase in Covid cases across the county and in Georgia. Keeping schools open is a priority of the CDC and Burke County Public Schools.

Whereas previously a close contact was considered to be anyone that was less than 6 feet for greater than 15minutes around someone that tested positive (masked or not) the CDC has now updated the "close contact" definition for K-12 schools in a classroom setting:

Exception: In the K-12 indoor classroom setting, the close contact definition excludes students who were within 3-6 feet of an infected student if BOTH the infected student and the exposed student(s) correctly and consistently wore well-fitting masks the entire time. -----This exception does not apply to teachers, staff, or other adults in the indoor classroom setting."

If masks are not worn by both parties or are worn incorrectly, DPH close contact quarantine guidelines will be followed. GA DPH Quarantine Guidance

**If a staff member or a student is considered a close contact to an individual who tests positive and has been fully vaccinated or has tested positive for Covid 19 within the last three months, he/she will only quarantine IF symptoms are present. If you are notified that you or your child is a close contact, make sure that you inform the nurse of vaccination status or recent positive test.

Mitigation Strategies for School:

  • STAY HOME when sick
  • Get Vaccinated (if eligible) – Pfizer is available to children 12 and up. The next Vaccine Clinic with Burke County Health Dept is Thursday, September 9th from 6:00-8:00 at the Burke County Office Park.
  • Wear a mask - correctly and consistently (covers your nose and mouth and fits snugly against the sides of your face.
  • Wash hands before and after eating and frequently throughout the day. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable.
  • Social Distance as much as possible

More information can be found on the CDC website.