• HCS Closed (all Schools/Facilities) Starting Monday, March 16

     

    Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Information

    Henry County Schools will be closed March 16 through April 24, and we continue to monitor the information about local, state, and national conditions. Remote Learning and operations will continue through Friday, April 3, and then the district will be closed for Spring Break April 6-10. We are currently looking to resume regular learning and operations on Monday, April 27 barring and changes from government and health officials.  Any changes/updates to the district returning to on-site learning and operations will be shared when decisions are made.  

    It is imperative that parents and guardians ensure their contact information is up to date in Infinite Campus.  Please make sure that both phone calls and email messages are allowed in the permissions section.

    Our district leadership team, including Superintendent Davis and her Executive Emergency Response Team, has been in constant contact with Henry County Emergency Management Agency officials and Georgia Department of Public Health Officials to get the latest updates. 

    As always, please utilize the guidance by CDC to help prevent the spread of common germs and viruses:

    • Wash hands frequently
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
    • Stay home if you are sick
    • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or use a tissue to cover it, then throw the tissue in the trash

    The safety of our students and staff is our top priority and we will continue to utilize the guidance and support of national, state, and local health officials and government leaders to ensure the continued health and well-being of our school community. 

    School and Work Attendance

    **All students and employees are currently working and learning from home.  The following information pertains to our district when we return to campuses and district facilities.**

    Students who provide written documentation from their healthcare provider advising them to refrain from attending school due to the Coronavirus will be fully accommodated in accordance with Henry County BOE Policy JBD – Absences and Excuses.  Families of these students should coordinate with their school’s administration for additional guidance. 

    For all other students, normal school attendance policies remain in effect.

    Employees not reporting to work due to symptoms and concerns surrounding the Coronavirus must provide written documentation from their healthcare provider.  The district will continue to enforce Henry County BOE Policy GARH – Employee Leaves and Absences.

    Enrollment of New Students

    Anyone trying to enroll children in school should contact Family & Student Support Services by telephone.

    • Phone: 770-957-6601

    Cleaning of School Facilities

    Our cleaning service provider continues to utilize products confirmed by the manufacturer to kill Human Coronavirus and other germs/viruses.  Our district operations will continue to clean and disinfect schools and facilities in alignment with guidance from the CDC.  We have a comprehensive cleaning plan that will ensure all facilities are properly and thoroughly cleaned before our district returns to normal operations.

    Re-Entry of Students/Staff Traveling

    **All students and employees are currently working and learning from home.  The following information pertains to our district when we return to campuses and district facilities.**

    Parents and guardians should inform their schools by telephone or email if anyone in their household has traveled to areas from countries with travel advisories (See up-to-date list here from the CDC) for the Coronavirus.  Upon notification, schools will work with district and community health professionals to determine the appropriate action regarding re-entry of those children into the school.

    Employees should inform their supervisor by telephone or email if anyone in their household has traveled to areas from countries with travel advisories (See up-to-date list here from the CDC) for the Coronavirus.  Upon notification, schools will work with district and community health professionals to determine the appropriate action regarding re-entry of those staff into the school. 

    Student and Staff Travel

    **All students and employees are currently working and learning from home.  The following information pertains to our district when we return to campuses and district facilities.**

    Any school-sponsored or district-sponsored travel to locations with travel advisories (See up-to-date list here from the CDC) for the Coronavirus will be canceled.  The district will work with families to pursue refunds, if possible.  Field trips scheduled for locations that are not currently under a travel advisory will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

    Until further notice, new requests for international field trips will not be approved.

    All previously approved employee out-of-state travel will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.  Notification should be given to supervisors to then share with district officials.

    Remote Learning

    Henry County Schools is currently using Remote Learning to provide continued educational services for students across all grade levels.  Students and teachers are able to work each day through virtual, remote learning options.  If a student has an issue with assignments or adequate connectivity, they should reach out to their teacher for assistance.  

    If a student does not have reliable internet service, you can visit our Community Resources page (www.bit.ly/HCSCommunityResources) for links to internet service providers.

    Facility Rentals

    All community use of school facilities rentals have been canceled or suspended/postponed at this time.  Approval of any other requests has been temporarily halted until further notice.  

    School and District Sponsored Events

    All school and/or district-sponsored events have been canceled or suspended/postponed at this time.  Updates on future action will be shared once available.

     

    Other Information and Guidelines

    Messages from Supt. Davis

    Letter from Superintendent Mary Elizabeth Davis (3/27/2020)

    Letter from Superintendent Mary Elizabeth Davis (3/16/2020)

    Letter from Superintendent Mary Elizabeth Davis (3/10/2020)

    Update from Superintendent Mary Elizabeth Davis (3/4/2020)

    Letter from Superintendent Mary Elizabeth Davis (3/3/2020)

     

    Updates from GA Dept. of Public Health

    COVID-19 Information Presentation (PDF) *Added 3/11/2020

    Latest Letter from GA Dept. of Public Health Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) (3/2/2020)  

    GA Dept. of Public Health - Coronavirus Prevention (COVID-19) Communication (2/26/2020)

     

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)  

    What is Henry County Schools doing in response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-2019) concerns and other infectious diseases?

    Henry County Schools is currently closed through April 24.  The district took preventive and proactive measures on March 12 to close schools from March 16 through March 27.  Governor Kemp extended that closure for everyone statewide until Friday, April 24.  Spring Break will be observed April 6-10. Regular operations and learning will resume on Monday, April 27 barring any changes from government and state officials. Further updates on any extended closure dates will be shared with all HCS students, staff, and families.

    With regards to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), district officials continue to follow the guidance from the Georgia Department of Public Health (Click Here

     

    *Coronavirus Disease 2010 (COVID-19) Symptoms

    For confirmed COVID-19 infections, reported illnesses have ranged from people with mild symptoms to people being severely ill and dying. Symptoms can include:

    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath

    CDC believes at this time that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 after exposure.

     

    What is Henry County Schools' policy regarding illness?

    The school district has an illness policy which includes contacting parents to come to the school to pick up their children immediately if they are exhibiting vomiting, diarrhea, or fever.  This policy was adopted to help reduce the transmission of all illnesses. 

     

    Information Regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19):

    As you are most likely aware, the media is reporting a great deal on COVID-19. As with other cases of reported contagious illness within the community, Henry County Schools follows the guidance and recommendations of the local Health Department, District 4 Health Department (that supervises the local health department), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the local Emergency Management Agency (EMA).  We work collaboratively with and continue to follow the recommendations of both the Health Department and EMA authorities.

     

     

     

    CDC Guidance

     

    Coronavirus Fact Sheet (PDF)

    Coronavirus Prevention (PDF)

    Centers for Disease Control Situation Summary Re: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (Website)