Latest Update to COVID-19 Guidelines

  • Updated January 3, 2022

    • Any student or staff member that tests positive for COVID-19 will be required to quarantine for five days from the first day of symptoms. Those who test positive but remain asymptomatic will be required to quarantine for five days from the date of the test. Students and staff may return to school after the fifth day, provided they have been fever free for 24 hours and symptoms have improved without medication. Students and staff will be required to wear a mask while at school for the remaining five days of quarantine.
    • Any student or staff member that is exposed to COVID-19 while at school will not be required to quarantine provided they are asymptomatic and do not test positive for COVID-19.
    • Any unvaccinated student or staff member that is exposed to COVID-19 outside of school will be required to quarantine for five days from the date of exposure. They may return to school after the fifth day, provided they remain asymptomatic and do not test positive for COVID-19. 
    • Any unvaccinated student or staff member that travels outside the country will be required to quarantine for five days upon their return to the U.S. 
    • Exposed students and staff who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 and are within 90 days of their positive test will not be required to quarantine, provided they remain asymptomatic and do not test positive for COVID-19. 

    Parents and/or Guardians: You will be notified via letter if there is a positive case in your child’s classroom, but your child will not be required to quarantine if exposed at school.

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. COVID-19 data for our school district is updated every Friday on the district website

    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


    • 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: 
      • Any student or staff member that tests positive for COVID-19 will be required to quarantine for five days from the first day of symptoms. Those who test positive but remain asymptomatic will be required to quarantine for five days from the date of the test. Students and staff may return to school after the fifth day, provided they have been fever free for 24 hours and symptoms have improved without medication. Students and staff will be required to wear a mask while at school for the remaining five days of quarantine.
      • Any student or staff member that is exposed to COVID-19 while at school will not be required to quarantine provided they are asymptomatic and do not test positive for COVID-19. 
      • Any unvaccinated student or staff member that is exposed to COVID-19 outside of school will be required to quarantine for five days from the date of exposure. They may return to school after the fifth day, provided they remain asymptomatic and do not test positive for COVID-19. 
      • Exposed students and staff who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 and are within 90 days of their positive test will not be required to quarantine, provided they remain asymptomatic and do not test positive for COVID-19. 

    • 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: Any unvaccinated student or staff member that travels outside the country will be required to quarantine for five days upon their return to the U.S.