Stephens School C-19 Update for week ending Aug. 28

Stephens County Schools COVID-19 statistics, information, press releases and notifications for the week ending Friday, Aug. 28.

On Thursday, Aug. 27, one Stephens County Schools teacher notified the school system that they have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The school that the teacher works in was not identified.


Following Georgia Department of Public Health protocols, school administrators have notified parents of all exposed students, School Superintendent Daniel Oldham stated. Adhering to the Stephens County School System (SSCS) Decision Guide, all exposed teachers and students will be required to quarantine at home, and may return to school/work after 14 days.


On Thursday, Aug. 27, Big A Elementary School administrators were notified that two students tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.


Following Georgia Department of Public Health protocols, school administrators have notified parents of all exposed students, School Superintendent Daniel Oldham stated. Adhering to the Stephens County School System (SSCS) Decision Guide, all exposed teachers and students will be required to quarantine at home, and may return to school/work after 14 days.


On Wednesday, Aug. 26, Big A Elementary School administrators were notified that one teacher tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.


Following Georgia Department of Public Health protocols, school administrators have notified parents of all exposed students, School Superintendent Daniel Oldham stated. Adhering to the Stephens County School System (SSCS) Decision Guide, all exposed teachers and students will be required to quarantine at home, and may return to school/work after 14 days.


On Tuesday, Aug. 25, Big A Elementary School administrators were notified that one student tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.


Following Georgia Department of Public Health protocols, school administrators have notified parents of all exposed students, School Superintendent Daniel Oldham stated. Adhering to the Stephens County School System (SSCS) Decision Guide, all exposed teachers and students will be required to quarantine at home, and may return to school/work after 14 days.


On Monday, Aug. 24, the SSCS Transportation Director was notified that one bus driver tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.


Following Georgia Department of Public Health protocols, school administrators have notified parents of all exposed students, School Superintendent Daniel Oldham stated. Adhering to the Stephens County School System (SSCS) Decision Guide, all exposed teachers and students will be required to quarantine at home, and may return to school/work after 14 days.


Per CDC and GDPH guidelines, "exposure" is defined as having been within six feet of a person confirmed, by molecular test, as infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, for a minimum of 15 minutes. If an individual was not within six feet of the confirmed case, or was within six feet for a period shorter than 15 minutes, that person is not considered "exposed" to the virus.


According to the SCSS Decision Guide, If the exposed person was wearing approved Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at the time of exposure, they are not required to quarantine, and may continue to attend school/work uninterrupted, but must wear masks and monitor symptoms for 14 days.


"Cloth face coverings are not considered PPE," according to the Georgia Department of Education.



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