As you prepare to begin August 19, please feel free to visit the following website for some guidance and tips to help families successfully implement virtual learning.
We are working with Edgenuity to have students enrolled and ready to begin virtual learning on August 19. An email will be sent out with teacher contact information, as well as login URL and directions. Please know this is new to our district. As we continue to work to provide this alternative mode of instruction, we recognize this will be a learning process for all of us. We may experience glitches along the way. Please be patient as we navigate this process and work to make it the best it can be for our students.
This FAQ provides answers with regard to prevention, infection, and follow-up.
What learning options are available for students?
Students will return for in-person instruction on Wednesday, August 19th. Should a student have a health concern or family members with health concerns, the student may enroll in the online option that is provided through our third party vendor, Edgenuity. Students choosing the online option may not participate in school sponsored extracurricular activities.
Are masks required?
Masks are encouraged for students and staff where social distancing is not possible.
Will masks be provided to students and staff?
Masks will be available upon request while supplies last.
How will social distancing be implemented in classrooms?
Schools will work to maximize social distancing to the extent possible given space constraints. Students will be taught procedures and expectations on how to maintain a reasonable space between themselves and others in the classrooms, hallways, restrooms, and other locations throughout the school. Classrooms will be arranged so students are separated to the extent possible. Primary, elementary, and middle schools will limit interactions between students from different grades. Traffic-flow will be one way in hallways and/or stairwells.
What procedures are in place for meals?
Students will eat meals in classrooms, outside, or in separate groups in the cafeteria. There will be no self-serve lines for students, and barcodes and scanners will be utilized rather than students inputting identification numbers. As possible, food items will be individually packaged or wrapped.
How will students be socially distanced on the school bus?
Because many parents are choosing to transport students to and from school and some opting for digital learning, reduced numbers are anticipated on the school bus and distancing will be done as feasible. Students will be seated by family when possible.
Will temperature checks be required?
Staff and students will be required to self-check temperatures prior to coming to school. Temperature checks will be conducted as needed for individuals. Anyone with a temperature of 100.3 will be isolated as soon as possible.
Will students be sharing supplies?
To the extent possible, students will not share supplies. Shared supplies will be properly disinfected between uses.
Will students be allowed to sing and play instruments in band and chorus classes?
At this time all band, music, and chorus students will practice appropriate social distancing as feasible during participation.
Will visitors be allowed in the building?
Non-essential visitors will not be allowed in the building. Student teachers and mentors are considered essential visitors. Parents and guardians will not be allowed to eat meals with students at this time. Each school will develop individual plans for late student check-in and early student pick-up so to eliminate the need for parents or guardians entering the building.
What process will be used for disinfecting areas?
The school system contracts with a third party for custodial services that are conducted daily. These services include cleaning with disinfectant cleaning supplies that are approved for respiratory viruses. As possible, teachers will be provided cleaning supplies to disinfect areas and wipe surfaces in the classrooms throughout the day. Hand sanitizer stations are placed throughout the buildings.
What happens when a student or staff member becomes sick?
Anyone exhibiting symptoms will be immediately relocated to a designated area and checked by the school nurse. Staff members will be sent home and guardians will be asked to pick up students. Areas where the individual has been in the building will be disinfected as soon as possible.
Will parents be notified if someone in the school tests positive for COVID?
The Banks County School System is required to contact the Department of Public Health regarding confirmed cases. Contact Tracing is conducted by DPH. However, the school system will send notification to those who were in contact with the affected individual as this information is available. Names of affected individuals will not be provided to protect privacy.
What number of confirmed COVID-19 cases will require a school/school system to close?
There is no defined threshold to require the school or system to temporarily close. School officials will continue to work closely with the Local Health Department and the Georgia Department of Public Health to monitor the situation to make determinations regarding closings.
What happens should the school close?
The school system will shift from in-person instruction to digital instruction as necessary. Information regarding the change will be provided at that time.
Who will teach the classes if the teacher is out because of COVID?
We have a list of district-approved substitute teachers. Should substitutes not be available, administrators will work to ensure class coverage is provided.
Follow-up from COVID
If a child is sick with COVID, will the child be expected to do work at home?
Banks County Schools will follow our standard protocol. When students are out sick, they are not expected to complete work at home, but many students can and do complete work while sick. If students are quarantined or feel well enough to do work, they are encouraged to maintain work from home to the extent possible. When students return to school, teachers will work with them to complete required make-up work.
Banks County Schools is pleased to offer free meals to children August 10 -18, Monday thru Friday. These meals will be available for curbside pickup on a first come first serve basis at Banks County Middle School outside the cafeteria from 11:00 am until 12:30 pm. Please enter at the entrance closest to the Recreation Department. Please be sure to remain in your vehicle at all times. Thank you!