October 22, 2020

Superintendent Kay issues COVID-19 update

Good morning Brave Nation:

I hope by now you all know that we strive for transparency in all we do.

From test scores to finances to educational resources, to SPLOST expenditures, and now COVID reports. Transparency is the best practice!

With that said, below you will find a COVID report that we will issue every week. Due to privacy issues it may seem “generic,” but we must operate in that manner.

I want to thank you all for a wonderful start to the school year, and thank you for all of your efforts to get us up and running!!

Total Number of Heard County School System Students:  2099*

Total Number of Face to Face Students In Our Schools:  1774

Total Number of Virtual Students:  210

*In a typical year we receive over 100 transfer requests for students moving out of our district. This year those have been slow to come in because many districts around the state have not yet begun their school year. This would account for the discrepancy between total number of students and the total when you add our face to face and virtual counts (-115 students).

STUDENTS WITH A CURRENT POSITIVE COVID-19 STATUS: 4

STUDENTS QUARANTINED** FOR POSSIBLE EXPOSURE: 76

NOTE: 49 of the 76 possible exposures have resulted from 2 school cases

NOTE: 27 of the 76 possible exposures have been reported from outside of school

** The term “quarantined” refers to a child who has been sent home due to possible exposure to a positive case or is awaiting test results of their own.  There are many children who are being sent home with a runny nose, a cough, a sore throat, etc…Those students are not “quarantined.” They are free to return after being symptom free for 24 hours.  

Total Number of Heard County School System Employees:  283

EMPLOYEES WITH A CURRENT POSITIVE COVID-19 STATUS: 1

EMPLOYEES QUARANTINED FOR POSSIBLE EXPOSURE: 5

All DPH Guidelines have been followed and appropriate contact tracing has been performed with assistance from DPH when necessary. We greatly appreciate the cooperation that has been shown by our community in these ever-changing times, and we have had a great first 8 days of school!

Rodney Kay

Superintendent, Heard County Schools

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