CCSD reveals more of reopening plan

Published 7:45 am Wednesday, July 15, 2020

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The Chambers County School District has targeted Aug. 12 to start the school year, which was the original start date released earlier this year.

In order to keep this date, the CCSD is calling for parents to screen their children before sending them to school.

“Parents will be required to screen their children every morning for symptoms of COVID-19, which may include fever, cough, congestion, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, chills or gastrointestinal issues,” Chambers County School Superintendent Dr. Kelli Hodge said in a press release. “Students must be kept at home if they display these symptoms or have a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher.”

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If a student is showing symptoms, they are to remain at home. If the student is staying home because of COVID-19, the parents are to notify the school nurse, who will in turn coordinate the excuse, which won’t impact truancy.

If a student shows symptoms during the school day, they will be quarantined and picked up as soon as possible.

If there is a positive test of a student or staff member, school officials will follow the Alabama  Department of Public Health’s guidance regarding contact tracing, notification, disinfecting buildings and potential school closures.

“In conjunction with state health officials, the Alabama State Department of Education, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we’ve tried to establish plans of action for ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff,” Hodge said.

“Should current data change moving forward, we will adjust our responses accordingly.”

The district will release its full reopening plan on Wednesday at the monthly school board meeting.