COVID-19 Guidelines

  • Whitfield County Schools monitors COVID-19 data daily and evaluates the effectiveness of our district guidelines weekly. Guidelines are subject to change should COVID-19 cases in the school or community increase. Principals may, at their discretion, implement other restrictions based on unique needs of the individual school. 

    Effective Tuesday, August 24 — In an effort to keep students safe, minimize quarantines and keep schools open, students and staff will be required to wear masks when social distancing is not possible. Parents, if you prefer that your child not wear a mask, you may contact your child’s school to opt out or download and complete the Mask Opt-Out form linked here. Please keep in mind that if a student who tests positive for COVID-19 was wearing a mask while at school, any exposed students who were also wearing a mask will not have to quarantine as long as they remain asymptomatic.


    • Vaccinations: Whitfield County Schools encourages anyone 12 years of age or older to get the COVID-19 vaccine, but is not requiring students and staff to be vaccinated.

    • Masks: Masks are required for students and staff in Whitfield County Schools when social distancing is not possible. All schools will have masks on hand for those who need one. Parents, if you prefer that your student not wear a mask, you may contact your child’s school to opt out.

    • Virtual learning: Whitfield County Schools will not offer virtual learning for the 2021-22 school year. For families who are apprehensive about students returning to school in person, Georgia Virtual School and Georgia Cyber Academy are online options available for students to learn from home. These programs are not affiliated with Whitfield County Schools, so it is important families enroll early. 

    • Quarantining for vaccinated individuals: Vaccinated students and staff who are exposed but remain asymptomatic will not have to quarantine.

    • Quarantining for unvaccinated individuals: Unvaccinated students and staff who are exposed will be required to quarantine for 10 days. Quarantined students will not be considered absent and will be allowed to make up any work they miss during their time away from school. If a student who tests positive for COVID-19 was wearing a mask while at school any exposed students who were also wearing a mask will not have to quarantine as long as they remain asymptomatic.

    • Contact tracing: We will continue to closely monitor the spread of COVID-19 in our community and make adjustments as needed. To help with contact tracing, classrooms, buses and cafeterias may have assigned seating. The number of COVID-19 cases in our school district will be updated every Friday on the district website

    • Visitors: At this time, visitors will be limited in our buildings. Contact your child's school for visitor protocols. 

    • Meal Service: To further our social distancing efforts, school meals may be eaten in cafeterias and/or classrooms. 

    • Hygiene: Please do not send your child to school sick or with fever.We will continue to encourage frequent hand washing and the use of hand sanitizer throughout the school day.

    • Cleaning in buildings and on buses: The enhanced cleaning that took place in our schools and on school buses last school year will be used again this year to mitigate the spread of the virus. 

    • Water fountains: Traditional water fountains will be available, but we also encourage students to bring refillable water bottles from home.

    • School events: After-school programs, athletics and Family Engagement events will continue. Local and regional field trips will be allowed. Distant and overnight trips may be restricted. 

    • Traveling outside the country: If a student travels outside the country, he or she will be required to quarantine for 10 days upon return if unvaccinated.