Following a successful return to in-person instruction during the 2020-2021 school year, we are confident that we will be able to maximize student and staff safety with the implementation of mitigation strategies outlined in this manual. As a result, in person instruction will resume fully for the 2021-2022 school year.
AASD’s COVID-19 Response Manual was developed with input from the Georgia Department of Education (GADOE), school leaders, the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA), and recommendations from the Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC). The recommendations in this manual address cleaning and disinfecting protocols as well as behavioral expectations that will assist us in preventing the spread of COVID-19 among our population. Please keep in mind that this is a living document. Mitigation strategies outlined within will be modified as health agency recommendations change and as we monitor our local rate community spread.
Please take a moment to review all of AASD's new protocols for reopening school.
AASD COVID-19 Reports
AASD is committed to keep families and staff informed, and AASD is providing information every school day about the number of positive cases, suspected cases, and close contacts reported by AASD. The report includes the number of new cases and the number of people not currently at AASD due to COVID-19. This does not include students who opted for distance/remote learning. In accordance with federal and state law, no information will be disclosed that would lead to the identification of any individuals represented in the numbers shown on the report. New reports will be posted weekly by the end of business day on Fridays.
The cases included in the report include both students and staff members.
When AASD has a confirmed case of COVID-19, AASD notifies the Department of Public Health (DPH) and works to identify “close contacts” as defined under DPH guidelines.
Positive Case- a person who receives a lab-confirmed positive COVID-19 test result, or a physician’s diagnosis of COVID-19
Suspected Case- a person who displays any of the common symptoms of COVID-19 but is waiting to be tested or to receive the results of a test already administered.
Common symptoms include:
Close Contact- a person who is not ill but who has been exposed to a positive COVID-19 case in a manner that could make the person susceptible to contracting the virus. Examples include a person who:
Return to School Guidelines:
According to DPH guidelines, any symptomatic students and staff who are confirmed cases of COVID-19 can return to school after:
Asymptomatic students and staff with confirmed COVID-19 can return to school after at least 10 days have passed since the positive test, and they remain asymptomatic.
Students and staff with confirmed close contact can return to school:
After 7 full days have passed since their most recent exposure if they fulfill all three of the following:
They may return after 10 full days since their most recent exposure if they are not tested for COVID-19 and do not experience any COVID-19 symptoms during the quarantine period.
New Cases Reported by AASD
This is a simple video signed in ASL for young Deaf children on why we do not have school and what coronavirus is doing to us.
CDC developed a series of American Sign Language videos that offer important information about COVID-19.