How will the district track and trace 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.
According to DPH, “A COVID-19 outbreak in a school setting will is defined as: Two or more laboratory confirmed COVID-19 cases among students or staff with illness onsets within a 14-day period, who are epidemiologically linked (e.g., have a common exposure or have been in contact with each other), do not share a household, and were not identified as close contacts of each other in another setting during standard case investigation or contact tracing”. If an outbreak is confirmed, schools closures will be implemented for the timeframe designated by local public health officials.
(Non-Outbreak Closures) When a student, teacher, or staff member tests positive for COVID-19 and has exposed others at the school, classrooms and office areas may need to close temporarily as students, teachers, and staff isolate and the area is cleaned. In consultation with the local public health department, the school district may also decide whether school closure is warranted, including the length of time closure may be necessary.
During either scenario of closures, virtual classes will resume.
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.