The Dawson County School System will be resuming contact tracing within the classroom, according to an official statement from Dawson County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Damon Gibbs.
“We will notify the parent or guardian of any student who has been directly exposed to a positive COVID case (within six feet for 15 minutes or longer),” Gibbs said in the written statement.
As of the end of the school day on Thursday, Aug. 19, there are 57 students and 14 staff members who have reported positive cases of COVID-19 throughout all seven schools. That is the most positive cases this entire calendar year, including spring semester 2020.
Any symptomatic children must stay at home. If a parent receives a letter from the school system notifying them that their child has been exposed to a positive case of COVID-19, the parent may choose to self-quarantine their child. If so, they must notify the school system and the student will access their school materials and assignments through Schoology.
The school will also go back to reporting daily COVID-19 statistics rather than weekly statistics. Additional strategies and policies may be added and can be found on the district’s website.
“When we closed out the 2020-2021 school year in May, we felt optimistic that the end of the pandemic was in sight,” Gibbs said in the written statement. “But unfortunately, that is not the case.”