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September 28: Updated Safety Mitigation Measures

Dear Columbia County School District families,

Recently, the Columbia County School District responded to an increase in reports of positive COVID-19 cases in the community, by implementing increased levels of safety mitigation measures, to include the requirement for all students and staff in all grade levels to wear face coverings while indoors and on school buses. We cannot thank our students and families enough for their flexibility and patience in adapting to these additional safety mitigation strategies these past few weeks. This has allowed hundreds of students quarantined at home, to return to in-person learning safely.

However, in response to a consistent and sharp decline in the numbers of reported positive cases in the community and schools, the Columbia County School District is returning to the safety mitigation measures that strongly encourage the use of face coverings by students and staff in school buildings and on school buses. School administrators will continue to strongly encourage students to wear face coverings whenever they are unable to properly social distance.

Parents are encouraged to review the safety mitigation measures in place in the district’s Return to School Plan located on the website, along with quarantine protocols for those who come into direct or close contact with a reported positive individual.

District leaders will continue to monitor cases each week and will make changes as needed in regards to the continuation or change to any level of safety mitigation measures currently in place.

Safety remains a top priority and we thank all of our families and our community for joining us in these efforts to continue to provide all students a safe, clean environment in which to learn as safely as possible.