The Ware County School District is monitoring the state of public health in our schools and will report the number of active COVID-19 positive cases and resulting quarantines in our schools to the public via this webpage each Tuesday and Friday that school is in session.
We will notify affected students’ parents/guardians as well as employees when they have been exposed to someone who tests positive for COVID-19. Exposure means an individual was within 6 feet of an infected person for more than 15 minutes of cumulative time in a 48-hour period. If an individual’s exposure to a student or employee who has tested positive meets the Georgia Department of Public Health’s (GDPH) requirements for mandated precautionary quarantine, parents/guardians and affected employees will be advised immediately. A precautionary quarantine does not mean that an individual is sick or will become sick; rather, it is a GDPH-mandated practice, fully supported by the Ware County School District, to best ensure the safety of the student or employee, as well as those teaching and learning around them.
Students and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 or who have recently had close contact with a person with COVID-19 must not return to school until they meet the GDPH’s Return to School Guidance After COVID-19 Illness or Exposure.
Additionally, students and staff must not come to school with a fever of 100.4 or higher and may not return to school until they have been fever-free, without the use of fever-reducing medication, for at least 24 hours.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: “I’ve heard there’s a case at my school; why isn’t it shown on the bi-weekly summary?”
A: Our process is to confirm, contact trace, and then notify those who need to quarantine. Only after all notifications have been made will we add case and quarantine information to the link on this page. The bi-weekly summary will be updated every Tuesday and Friday that school is in session.
Q: "Why are some schools listed more than once?"
A: Each positive case/symptomatic exposure case and resulting quarantine is listed separately on the Students chart, so some schools may be listed multiple times.
Q: "How will I know if my child has been exposed and needs to quarantine?"
A: Parents/guardians will be contacted by the principal, assistant principal, system nurse coordinator, school nurse, counselor, or other individual designated by the principal. We will use a team approach in our outreach in an effort to reach affected families as quickly as possible.
Q: “My child’s school is listed, but I didn’t get notified.”
A: Only the individuals who were exposed to the COVID-19 positive student/staff member will be notified.
Q: “I know someone who has been absent for more than a week. Is this a positive case we have not been made aware of?”
A: All extended absences are not due to positive cases. Many situations (another illness, an injury, staying home with a quarantined child, etc.) could cause an absence of multiple days.
Q: "Why does the quarantine period seem to be shorter than 14 days from when parents were notified about a case?"
A: The quarantine period starts at the point of last exposure as determined by contact tracing, not the point of notification. Example: Student A is in close proximity to Student B on a Friday for an extended period of time. On Saturday, Student A starts feeling ill. The parent seeks medical treatment for Student A on Monday and a COVID test is performed. Student A stays home from school during this time, and a positive test result is received on Wednesday, which triggers contact tracing. Student B was determined to be exposed within the 48-hour window of the onset of illness and must quarantine. The start of the quarantine is the last exposure on Friday, NOT the day of notification on Wednesday.
Q: "I know a student or teacher who is having to quarantine, but I don’t see a case reported at their school. Why not?"
A: The individual may be under quarantine due to an exposure outside of school, such as a positive family member, recreational sports, church, etc.
Q: "I was notified about a case at my child’s school, but I don’t see it listed yet. How long before a case is added?"
A: Cases are added to the bi-weekly summary usually within 24-48 hours of affected individuals being notified. The summary is shared on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Q: "There are positive staff cases listed on the bi-weekly report, but students were not quarantined. Why not?
A: Either the exposure occurred prior to students returning to campus or the individual's job does not place him/her in direct contact with students (less than 6 feet for more than 15 minutes of cumulative time over a 48-hour period).
Q: "Why are there no dates listed next to staff information?"
A: In an effort to protect the personal health information of our staff members, date of last attendance will not be shared for staff members who test positive. It would be very easy, in some cases, to identify the staff member were a date provided.
Q: "Why doesn't the total number in the Category column add up correctly?"
A: If the close contact of a student who has tested positive attends a different school and must quarantine, the school will be listed separately, and a designation of "Exposure" will be provided. The individual who has been exposed isn't positive, so that cell doesn't count in the total number for that column.
Q: "Why won't you tell me who has tested positive?"
A: Privacy laws prevent the Ware County School System from releasing information that specifically identifies which students or staff members have tested positive or are subject to quarantine.
Please CLICK HERE to access the most current Active Positive COVID-19 Case and Quarantine Bi-Weekly Report.
It’s important to practice good hygiene habits to stay healthy and avoid the spread of illness:
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow or cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, not your hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, especially after coughing or sneezing. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home if you are sick, especially if you have a fever. If you have a fever, do not go to work or attend class until you are fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
It can be challenging knowing whether your child is too ill to go to school. A helpful resource for families is our When is sick too sick for school? document that outlines symptoms to consider when choosing to stay home.
We appreciate your partnership in supporting the health and safety of our school communities.