The health and safety of our students and school staffs is our highest priority. As you know, national and international health authorities are currently working to manage an ongoing outbreak of the Ebola virus disease in several countries in West Africa. As a result, the Banks County School District is instituting a procedure that any current or new student who has recently travelled from Ebola-affected West African countries, including Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, or other affected regions as identified, will not be enrolled or permitted to return to school without proper medical documentation approved by the Superintendent or his designee.
The School District has been advised to take additional precautions with respect to persons who exhibit fever or other specific symptoms, and additionally meeting criteria relating to travel to affected areas or contact with persons who have traveled to affected areas in the relevant time window. We are very fortunate that each of our schools is staffed with at least one licensed nurse trained in the recognition of symptoms of communicable diseases and protocols for treatment.
The Banks County School District will continue to follow the recommendations from Banks County Health Department, the Georgia Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Georgia Department of Education to assist us in our efforts as we continue to keep our community safe and informed.