COVID Health Information for Families


The safety of our students, staff, and families is the top priority of the Gainesville City School System. As such, we have developed a multi-pronged approach to prioritize health. This approach includes utilizing training and screening protocols, implementing preventative measures, and planning for responses to confirmed or suspected cases of Covid-19 in order to keep students and staff as safe as possible.


The Gainesville City School System will continue to work with the Georgia Department of Health, the state and local Departments of Health, the CDC, and the Northeast Georgia Health System to establish protocols and adjust processes as needed.

Training and Screening

  • Training and Screening IconAll staff members will participate in training opportunities emphasizing the importance of handwashing, masks, and other processes designed to reduce the spread of Covid-19.
  • Students will learn about handwashing, mask, and other requirements.
  • Students and families will receive further information at Open House on specific classroom actions that will be implemented.
  • All staff members and students/families are asked to perform the GCSS Covid-19 Daily Self-Screening Questions and stay home if the answer to any question on the checklist is “Yes.”


  • Prevention IconStudents, staff, and visitors are required to wear face coverings when indoors and on the bus.
  • Frequent handwashing will be encouraged, and hand-sanitizing stations will be available.
  • Classrooms will be equipped with cleaning supplies.
  • Sharing of items will be discouraged, and physical interaction will be discouraged when feasible.
  • Water fountains will be turned off. Students and staff are encouraged to bring their own water and can use water filling stations for refills.
  • Enhanced cleaning strategies will be utilized in schools and on buses.

Illness Protocols

  • Illness Protocol IconStudents or staff members who have been diagnosed with Covid-19 or have had close contact with someone with a Covid-19 diagnosis should contact the Principal, Assistant Principal, or School Nurse immediately.
  • Staff members or students with a confirmed case of Covid-19 will be provided with further instructions and will be asked to stay home for at least 10 calendar days from onset of symptoms and no fever for 24 hours with improvement of symptoms. 
  • Staff members or students who have had close contact with someone with a confirmed case of Covid-19 will be provided with further instructions and will be asked to stay home for 14 calendar days.
  • Staff members or students who have been exposed to a confirmed case of Covid-19 can expect to be contacted by the Georgia Department of Public Health’s contact tracing program.


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Follow Five Steps to Wash Your Hands the Right Way (source: CDC)

Washing your hands is easy, and it is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community—from your home and workplace to schools and hospitals.

Follow these five steps every time.

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

Use Hand Sanitizer When You Can’t Use Soap and Water

You can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to get rid of germs in most situations. If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. 

How to use hand sanitizer:

  1. Apply the gel product to the palm of one hand (read the label to learn the correct amount).
  2. Rub your hands together.
  3. Rub the gel over all the surfaces of your hands and fingers until your hands are dry. This should take around 20 seconds.



*Students, staff and visitors are required to wear face coverings when indoors and on the bus.

Wear your Face Covering Correctly

  • Wash your hands before putting on your face covering
  • Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin
  • Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face
  • Make sure you can breathe easily

Wear a Face Covering to Protect Others

  • Wear a face covering correctly for maximum protection
  • Wear a face covering in public settings when around people who don't live in your household, especially when it may be difficult for you to stay six feet apart
  • Wear a face covering that covers your nose and mouth to help protect others in case you're infected with COVID-19 but don't have symptoms
  • Don't put the face covering around your neck or up on your forehead
  • Don't touch the face covering, and, if you do, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer to disinfect.

Take Off Your Cloth Face Covering Carefully, When You're Home

  • Untie the strings behind your head or stretch the ear loops
  • Handle only by the ear loops or ties
  • Fold outside corners together
  • Place covering in the washing machine
  • Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose and mouth when removing and wash hands immediately after removing

Washing Machine

  • You can include your face covering with your regular laundry
  • Use regular laundry detergent and the warmest appropriate water setting for the cloth used to make the face covering.


  • Use the highest heat setting and leave in the dryer until completely dry.


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