Glynn School to Go to Phase Yellow Tomorrow

Glynn County Schools’ benchmark of 1% of students and faculty testing positive for COVID-19 was achieved today, so the school system will move to Phase Yellow starting tomorrow, tentatively until August 27th.

Phase Yellow is to be enacted for a school if the school achieves 2% positivity or for the system if the entire system achieves 1% positivity. Currently the Glynn School system is at 1.57%.

Phase Yellow calls for targeted closures and operates in several areas of student/school life:

Before Leaving Home

-All students and staff must stay home if they have tested positive for COVID-19 or awaiting results.

-Hand sanitizer, masks, and any other appropriate PPE are provided to staff as supplies allow

-When notified of direct exposure, students must meet quarantine guidelines.

Transporting Students

-Field trips are limited

-"Safe" behaviors are encouraged at bus stops.

Serving Meals

-Limited menu with Grab-N-Go items is implemented

-Alternate meal schedules deployed to stagger class visits to cafeteria, with others eating in the classroom

-Continue to follow the Glynn County Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Food Safety Plan

Prevention and Safety

-Masks are required inside school facilities

-Access for nonessential visitors and volunteers is restricted

-Classwork for quarantined students will be available via Google Classroom.

-Virtual meeting options reinstated

-Seating capacity to events is limited

Physical and Distancing Operations

-Establish entrance/exit procedures to avoid unnecessary gatherings

-Staggered class changes and use of playground space

-Signage posted in high-traffic areas and updated often

-Nonessential visitors and volunteers required to wear masks

Learning and Instruction

-Assign/reassign staff responsibilities to meet learner needs

-Unused desks and classroom furniture are removed to maximize distancing

-Class change interactions reduced/ cross-group movement limited to staff

-Virtual options available for group or partner work

-School closures will be determined by the district

The hardest-hit schools so far are Brunswick High at 2.6%. CB Greer and Sterling Elementary are also over 2%. Many schools in the district are still under 1% infected. If the system gets to 3% or if any individual school gets to 5%, Phase Red will be enacted, which will involve distance learning.

More as the story unfolds.

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