Please use this page as a resource for information and guidance on COVID-19 as it relates to our school system. We will be updating this page with numbers and information on a regular basis.
Here is some information on our numbers of positive COVID-19 cases each week. Although the numbers of actual positive cases has remained relatively low, our numbers of students/staff quarantined due to exposure have been more significant. For that reason, we are asking that our stakeholders make healthy practices a priority to avoid future quarantining.
To clarify, the GCSD is the public education agency for Gilchrist County, not the county's health organization. We operate within the parameters of the guidance we have received and continue to receive from the Health Department and CDC. We are unable to make changes to quarantine policies, for example. However, we do have a structured environment in which we can control certain practices related to health. Our priority is health and safety, and then education. We will continue to maintain these priorities with your help.
What are we doing?
- Survey stakeholders to gauge perspectives
- Develop a Covid-19 Task Force
- Will be comprised of a variety of stakeholders
- Examine current practices
- Continue to explore options and review suggested protocols provided by staff for keeping everyone safe (i.e. alternate schedules, use of face coverings, transition plans, etc.)
- Improve our current reopening plan
- Improve cleaning practices
- Communicate about the status of Covid-19 in our schools
- When a positive case occurs, the Gilchrist County Health Department conducts the investigation to determine contacts that result in quarantines if they are made aware of the case.
- If an individual is identified as a “contact” and needs to quarantine, the health department will make the notification.
- The duration of a quarantine can vary and is determined by contact tracers for the health department based on the date of exposure.
- In general, individuals are quarantined if they were within 6 feet of a positive case for 15 minutes or more as determined by the contract tracers.
- Although we support the wearing of masks, it does not prevent a quarantine, if exposed at school.
- If antibodies are present in an individual’s blood, this will not prevent a quarantine.
- A negative Covid-19 test will NOT prevent you from being in quarantine or end your quarantine sooner.
- If an individual has tested positive within the preceding 90 days of being identified as a contact, they may be exempt from quarantine.
- If you are identified as a contact to a positive person OUTSIDE of the school, please CALL YOUR PRINCIPAL.
- If you have concerns or questions, you are welcome to call the Gilchrist County Health Department at 352-463-3120 and ask for someone in COVID tracing.