Darlington requires face coverings beginning Monday. In a long note to students, parents, faculty and staff regarding the COVID surge, Head of School Brent Bell outlines what Darlington plans to do to continue in-person classes. Among the steps is the following:
“Beginning Monday, Jan. 3, 2022, Darlington School will require all students, employees and guests on campus to wear a face covering while indoors. This policy is in place regardless of vaccination status as Omicron has increased the rate of breakthrough cases. This policy also includes school-related activities off campus, such as on school buses and during indoor activities of field trips. The primary exceptions to this policy will be while eating meals seated in dining areas and for athletes during sports practices and events. In terms of extracurricular activities, we will continue to follow Georgia High School Athletic Association guidelines.”
Rome: Faculty, staff, students to return with face coverings: Because of the latest COVID-19 variant, as well as increased flu and stomach virus cases, Rome City Schools will require masks for all faculty, staff and students upon return. This mask mandate will be effective for the week of Jan. 3. While RCS is requiring masks for the first week back, RCS remains in Phase 1of the COVID-19 three-phase plan.RCS will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates.
RCS will follow the latest CDC guidelines. For more information on the most recent guidance, please access this link: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/s1227-isolation-quarantine-guidance.html
- Note: Staff returns Monday; students return Tuesday.
No decision from Floyd County Schools; COVID on agenda for Monday evening meeting. Floyd students are scheduled to return Tuesday, Jan. 4; teachers return Monday, Jan. 3. The work session/called meeting begins at 5 p.m. and item 13 on the agenda: “Discussion about plans regarding COVID surge.” Full agenda
From Berry College; please click for full report: As we count down the days toward 2022, it is becoming clear that the spring term will once again begin in the context of a rapidly expanding wave of COVID. The Omicron variant that was surging in the northeast has now joined with Delta to flood our region. Georgia is experiencing record levels of new cases as well as the percentage of COVID tests that are positive.
Monday’s case total was three times what it was just one week ago and 10 times the 7-day average just a month ago. The metro Atlanta area is currently experiencing 20 to 30% positive testing rates. Some experts predict that the Omicron surge will be intense (speed and breadth of onset) but perhaps shorter in duration than the Delta variant wave, based on data from other nations.
That said, we are fairly certain that our numbers will be near peak levels on Jan. 9, 2022. For that reason, we need to implement rigorous COVID protocols for return to campus and for the first phase of the spring semester. Consistent with CDC guidelines, we urge all students and employees get a vaccine booster, which provides the surest means to avoid COVID infection, with good protection occurring within a week. We are working to schedule another vaccine/booster clinic on campus but strongly encourage you to get your booster
prior to returning.
Return-to-Campus Protocols: All students (commuter and residential) and employees must have a negative COVID test when they return to campus. We strongly encourage everyone to get a test 2-3 days before your arrival back, but we will also provide testing here on campus when you first return.
No changes for Gordon County Schools as classes resume. Click here for update.
No changes for the Polk School District. Polk