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New Protocols for Controlling COVID-19 in School Settings

Franklin County Schools COVID protocol updates for January 2022
 
Please read this important information about new COVID protocols in the Franklin County Schools as set forth in guidance from the Florida Department of Health and State of Florida guidelines that were released on January 4, 2022.
 
As we continue to operate on campus, we are again faced with Covid challenges. The new Omicron variant is highly contagious. Please be assured that we are committed to your child's safety and will continue to follow health guidelines and best practices during this time.
 
Please follow the below guidelines in accordance with Florida Department of State Rule 64D-3.049, Protocols for Controlling COVID-19 in School Settings:
(1) GENERAL PROTOCOLS AND DEFINITIONS. The following procedures shall be instituted to govern the control of COVID-19 in public schools:
 
(a) Schools will encourage routine cleaning of classrooms and high-traffic areas.
 
(b) Students will be encouraged to practice routine handwashing throughout the day.
 
(c) Students will stay home if they are sick.
(2) PROTOCOLS FOR SYMPTOMATIC OR COVID-19 POSITIVE STUDENTS. Schools will ensure students experiencing any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or who have received a positive diagnostic test for COVID-19 shall not attend school, school-sponsored activities, or be on school property until:
(a) The student receives a negative diagnostic COVID-19 test and is asymptomatic; or
 
(b) Ten days have passed since the onset of symptoms or positive test result, the student has had no fever for 24 hours and the student’s other symptoms are improving; or
 
(c) The student receives written permission to return to school from a medical doctor licensed under Chapter 458, F.S., an osteopathic physician licensed under Chapter 459, F.S., or an advanced registered nurse practitioner licensed under Chapter 464, F.S.
 
The school no longer receives quarantine updates from the health department regarding quarantines from possible exposure at school. If cold-like symptoms develop, students should remain at home until the symptoms subside. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and keep you informed. Thank you.
 
In an abundance of caution, we have postponed all January family engagement activities during the school day. Muffins with Mom will be rescheduled for the spring and elementary classes will offer awards day via zoom. We invite you to follow us on Facebook for updates or view the Google School Events Calendar for all scheduled activities and events. We appreciate your patience and support and look forward to resuming our family engagement activities very soon.
 
We will continue to monitor the situation closely and keep you informed. Thank you.