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    COVID-19: Confirmed Positive Cases of COVID-19 & Quarantines Report

    Access Bulloch County Schools' real-time report of confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 and quarantines here.

     

    The school district’s Public Relations Department will maintain this area on the district website in order to provide up-to-date information about confirmed positive COVID-19 cases and any resulting quarantines on the school district's campuses.
    This information will be site specific, but will not include any specific information related to the individual(s) involved.   

     

    COVID-19 Notification Protocol

    • School administrators and school nurses enact their COVID-19 safety protocols developed in partnership with the Department of Public Health.
    • Schools complete an internal identification process of any persons who had close contact and direct exposure to a known positive COVID-19 case in or on school property.
    • School personnel personally contact parents and employees.
    • If school is in session, affected students are quarantined at school until parents pick them up. Affected employees are sent home.
    • Identified students or employees quarantine at home for 14 days as a public health precaution.Per the Department of Public Health, they may not return to school, even with a doctor’s note, until they have completed the 14-day quarantine period and have no COVID-19 symptoms. School nurses will monitor this quarantine to ensure no person returns to the building until their quarantine period is complete and the person has no symptoms.
    • Department of Public Health conducts all other contact tracing.
    • Quarantined students receive instruction from their Bulloch County Schools teachers via distance learning using the school district's Google Classroom and Google Meets tools.
    • According to the Department of Public Health, only the identified students and employees are quarantined. No other family members or other siblings have to quarantine unless they are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms.
    • All schools practice deep cleaning measures throughout the day, and areas where a COVID-19 person has been will receive immediate deep cleaning.
    • Only students whose parents were contacted are quarantined. Other students may remain and return to school.

     

    How is COVID-19 related absence information monitored?

    • School nurses will collect information on students and employees that are out for isolation or quarantine due to reasons related to COVID-19 so that the school district can adequately monitor their absence and their return to school or work. 
    • The school district will actively communicate with the Department of Public Health when school or district personnel become aware of a confirmed case of COVID-19 that affects an employee or student who has been in or on school district property. School nurses have the necessary contact information to do this. 
    • The Department of Public Health will handle  contact tracing for contacts outside the school environment related to a confirmed case. 

     

    How will parents whose child has been exposed to a COVID-19 positive person be notified and what are their next steps?

    • School nurses will monitor employees' and students' quarantine periods to ensure that they do not return to school or work prematurely.  
    • During the quarantine period, monitor person for any COVID-19 symptoms, and contact your health care provider if there are any concerns.  You will also receive a follow up telephone call from the school’s nurse.
    • At no time will any individual health information about other students or employees be shared with anyone.  The privacy of individual student health information is protected by the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act, and individual school district employee health information is protected by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

     

    How will the public be informed of confirmed COVID-19 positive cases?

    • The school district’s Public Relations Department will maintain an area on the district website that provides up-to-date information about confirmed positive COVID-19 cases and any resulting quarantines.
    • This information will be site specific, but will not include any specific information related to the individual(s) involved.   

    How will students who are absent due to a positive COVID-19 diagnosis or quarantine receive instruction or make up work?

    • As a student is well and able, the school district’s distance learning option is activated for them, and the student will receive instruction and assignments at home from their Bulloch County Schools teachers via Google Classroom and Google Meet.
    • Once a child can return after a quarantine period, face-to-face learning can resume.

    How should families conduct daily self-checks to help stop the spread of COVID-19?

    Before you go to work or school, follow these steps that were sent home with students and made available on our website

     

    Virtual Learning Program Website: Virtual Teacher Sites, Technology Help & Resources

    Visit our Virtual Learning Program Website for orientation information, virtual teacher websites, technology help, and resources. 

    High School Football Game Procedures for Students & Spectators

    Bulloch County Schools' middle school and high school athletic programs are following Georgia High School Athletic Association guidelines for all sports operations for student athletes, coaches, event spectators, and athletic venues. As our high schools begin to host football games, which traditionally have the largest teams and highest number of spectators, please review the attached guidelines for Portal Middle High School, Southeast Bulloch High School, and Statesboro High School football games.  Stadium capacities are limited, there are specific ticketing requirements, and there are multiple guidelines in place to ensure social distancing.  We appreciate your support as we guard the health of our students, employees, community, and guests.

    COVID-19: Stop the Spread - A Daily Reference Guide for Families

    COVID-19:Stop the Spread- Daily Reference Guide for Families  

     

    In the interest of public health and to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Bulloch County Schools has put in place preventative measures at all of its offices, schools, and other buildings and locations. Your family has a key role in keeping our schools as safe and healthy as possible. Please refer to our COVID-19: Stop the Spread - A Daily Reference Guide for Families website to remind you of your daily role before school. A printed reference flyer will be sent home with each child the first week of school. Please refer to the flyer or website daily to determine if your child should attend school.

    District provides meal service to virtual program students; Pre-order by each Thursday

    Bulloch County Schools' School Nutrition Department will provide meal service to all families whose children are the following:

    • Enrolled in the school district's virtual learning program for grades Pre-K - 12.
    • Enrolled in the school district's traditional learning program, but are temporarily at home due to a 10-day isolation or 14-or-more-day quarantine due to COVID-19 symptoms or direct exposure to a confirmed positive case.

    How to Order? 

    Parents/Guardians must complete this online meal service pre-order form by each Thursday to be able to pick up meals on the following Monday. The online form is available on each district and school website and social media. It was also emailed to all virtual program  and distance learning parents and students. Keep the link to use each week.

     

    What Does a Meal Box Cost?

    • Breakfast is free for all students.
    • Lunches:
      • Temporarily there is no cost due to a USDA waiver that may end December 18, 2020 or earlier. When the waiver ends, these are the costs:
        • $11.25 per week for Pre-K -5th grade students who qualify for full-priced meals  
        • $12.50 per week for 6th - 12th grade students who qualify for full-priced meals. 

        • $2.00 per week for Pre-K - 12th grade students who qualify for reduced-priced meals. 

        • Free, no cost for Pre-K - 12th grade students who qualify for free meals.  

    How Do You Pay for Meals?

    Temporarily there is no cost due to a USDA waiver that may end December 18, 2020 or earlier.  After that time, the school district uses MySchoolBucks to provide parents/guardians a convenient online website and mobile application from which to manage a meal payment account and make payments online. You can also make a payment by cash or check at curbside when you pick up your meals.

     

    What Do You Receive?

    This service provides a one-week supply of five breakfasts and five lunches for each child in grades Pre-Kindergarten - 12th. The first two week's menus are attached below. Thereafter, the meal menus will be the same as those served in the traditional program, and the menus are posted on the school district's website and printed in the local newspaper.

     

    Who Can Pick Up? Meals may be picked up by a parent, guardian, caregiver, or the student if he or she is old enough to drive.

     

    What Time to Pick Up? There are two available time frames to choose from for meal pickup: 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. or 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

     

    Where Do I Pick Up Meals? 

    • Meal boxes are for curbside pick up only on Mondays when school is in session or an alternate day when holidays occur.
    • The pick up locations are outside each of the school district's nine elementary schools. 
      • Families with children in middle and high school, will go to their home's zoned elementary school to pick up meals. 
      • School Nutrition staff will set up outside the elementary schools during the two time frames.
      • They will place a box of food for each child inside the family's or student's vehicle.
      • Participants are asked to remain in their vehicle.

    What if I miss my pick up time? 

    Due to the perishable nature of the food and our school nutrition personnel's schedules for on-campus meals, the school district is unable to accommodate any alternate pick up times for those who do not come to pick up their pre-orders. Please ensure that you are able to pick up your order at either of the assigned times prior to placing an order.

     

    How does my child qualify for free or reduced-priced meals?

    • If your child was a student in our school district last year, and he or she qualified for either free or reduced-priced meals last year, your family's application is still valid for your child to continue to receive free or reduced-priced meals through September 29, 2020. 
    • To either apply to qualify for free/reduced-priced meals as a new student or to renew your previous year's application, a parent or guardian must complete a 2020-2021 Free & Reduced-Price Meal Application.
    • Our school district will provide a printed application to all students or you can complete the application online via this link
    • A completed form must be received and processed prior to September 29, for returning students to continue to receive this benefit.                      

    Happenings

    Yearbooks on Sale

    Yearbooks

    supply listsBelow are the school supply lists for the traditional (face-to-face) platform. Since we will not use lockers this school year, a book bag has been added to all grade levels. It does not need to be clear. Also, students will not be required to dress out in gym class. However, if they want to dress out, they will need a change of clothing in a small bag to bring to gym. As of now, we plan to eat lunch in the classrooms. Students will still go to the lunchroom each day to get lunch; however, microwaves will not be available this year for students who bring their lunch from home. We look forward to seeing you soon!

    6th grade

    1 (one) 1 1/2” 3-ring binder, 5 dividers, 25 page protectors, 6 (six) 100-page composition notebook (to be used with all subjects), Calculator (optional), Pencils, Erasers, Pencil Pouch, Notebook paper, Crayons or colored pencils, Glue sticks, Scissors, Highlighters (at least 4 colors), Headphones or earbuds (to leave at school), Book bag

    7th grade

    1 (one) 2” 3-ring binder to share with all classes, Loose leaf notebook paper, Pencils, Tab dividers, Earbuds, Book bag

    8th grade

    2 (2 inch) three ring binders (Both with plastic cover for insert)- Each binder will share with 2 academic classes (Ex. 1 (2 inch binder) for 1st/2nd periods & 1 (2 inch binder) for 3rd/4th periods), Loose leaf paper (wide ruled), Subject dividers, 2 Three-subject Spiral Notebook- 1 for Math & 1 for ELA, Pencils, Colored Pencils, Hand held pencil sharpener, Blue/black ink pens, Colored pens, Highlighters, Earbuds, Glue sticks, Planner to write assignments/projects/quizzes/tests due dates, Book bag

    All Grades Wish List - Kleenex

    the Knights

    Our mission is to create a safe, supportive, and technology-enriched learning environment which affirms diversity and promotes success for all learners through the cooperative efforts of all stakeholders.

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    Knights 

    Never give up! We 

    Inspire 

    Growth, 

    Hard work, and 

    Teamwork to promote  

    Success.

    Boys Basketball - 2020 Region Champions
    Basketball Champions
    Girls Tennis - 2019 Region Champions
    tennis region champions
    Boys Tennis - 2019 Region Champions
    Boys Tennis - Region Champions