Cherokee County School District bus

In this 2020 file photo, school buses travel to Teasley Middle School.

When students return to Cherokee County School District classrooms in August, school operations will look much like they did before the coronavirus pandemic, the district announced Wednesday.

The district is resuming “pre-pandemic school operations”, citing the governor’s decision to end Georgia’s public health state of emergency, which expired at the end of June, and the “significant improvement of the state of public health,” CCSD reported on its website.

Field trips and special events open to families will return after the start of the school year, and volunteers will be allowed to work throughout school buildings.

The district announced it will no longer issue quarantines to students and staff who are close contacts with someone who tests positive for COVID-19.

When a student or staff at school tests positive for the virus, principals will notify affected staff and send an email notification to parents of students in the affected classes, informing them of the need to monitor for symptoms, according to the district.

Georgia Department of Public Health guidelines still require students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 to stay home for 10 days from the start of symptoms and to be fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication to return to school.

Masks are not required for students or staff in schools or district offices. Disposable masks will be available to those who might ask for them, CCSD officials said in the announcement.

The district also announced that there are no plans to host COVID-19 vaccination events at schools or CCSD facilities. Vaccines are not required but “encouraged and recommended” for staff and students, according to the district.

COVID-19 vaccines are available through the Cherokee County Health Department and many private healthcare providers. For help finding a COVID-19 vaccine provider, visit dph.georgia.gov/covid-vaccine.

Schools will continue to see increased cleaning and sanitizing, and the district will continue to provide surface and hand sanitizer spray to classrooms, the district reported.

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