Tracking and Tracing COVID-19 Cases

  • COVID-19 is a reportable disease and confirmed cases are reported by the laboratory or health care provider. Atlanta Public Schools (APS) will maintain communication with local boards of health for surveillance and tracking of self-reported cases to the school district as applicable. 

    APS Comprehensive Health Services department will monitor and maintain self-reported COVID-19 cases. All surveillance and case investigation efforts will be in collaboration with local and state public health officials to ensure the safety of students and staff. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), Georgia Department of Education (GADOE), local Board of Health (BOH- Fulton and DeKalb) will serve as resources to develop and revise school health guidance.

    Contact tracing will be implemented based on Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and local Boards of Health (Fulton and DeKalb) Guidelines for reportable diseases. 

Health and Safety Procedures for Positive Cases


    If a student or staff person tests positive and self-reports, information should be reported to health services by the school nurse and school principal.

    • MES will provide communication to parents via email, letter or phone calls.  
    • The district, in consultation with the local boards of health, provides names of individuals determined to have been in close contact for case consultation.
    • Depending on the outcome of the investigation, a determination is made as to whether a partial closure is needed or whether select individuals need to be quarantined. 
    • Due to privacy requirements,  APS will not identify any individual who tests positive for COVID-19.
    • APS provides reports generated by the Georgia Department of Public Health and includes Atlanta Public Schools COVID-19 case data.  You can find those reports here

    Case Investigation and Contact Tracing Scenarios

    • Scenario 1: Health Department asks Morningside for help in understanding the risk for transmission in the school community and help to identify exposures and contacts in the school setting
    • Scenario 2: Health Department asks Morningside to identify contacts among the immediate community of students, teachers, and staff affected by the case
    • Scenario 3: Local Board of Health conducts contact tracing without directly engaging Morningside