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COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions About School Operations

We truly are all in this public health emergency together.  We encourage you to be calm and patient, and embrace facts not fear. Seek accurate information about our school operations by using this frequently asked questions resource.

Our school district and districts around the world all face unique, diverse, and complex challenges about how to operate our schools safely. Bulloch County Schools will continue to fulfill our mission to prepare students for college and careers while we listen to community concerns and seek to  incorporate guidelines from the Georgia Department of Education, the Georgia Department of Public Health, the Southeast Regional Health District, and the Centers for Disease Control.

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Below are additional answers to frequently asked questions by category.

Dual Enrollment Questions
  • Dual enrollment students do remain as students in the Bulloch County School District, even if they do not physically have classes at any of our high schools for first or second semester, so parents should still make an instruction model choice for their student. 
    • If the dual-enrolled student has no classes at our high schools, select the traditional model. 
    • If the dual-enrolled student has some classes at our high schools, but the parent chooses for the student to take these high schools virtually, then select the virtual option.
  • While on a post-secondary campus, dual-enrolled students will follow the protocols and schedule for that college or university for their dual-enrolled courses.
Gifted/Honors Instruction for Traditional & Virtual Instruction Models
  • The school district will host its traditional fall and spring testing windows for gifted services. Visit the Gifted Services area of our website.Gifted Education Services
  • If you have specific questions about certain Advanced Placement courses and offerings through Georgia Virtual School, please pose those questions directly to your high school counselor, who is the best expert to advise you on your individual child's academic journey toward graduation.  
Special Education - Student Support Services - Special Needs Testing
  • If your child needs evaluation/testing for special needs services and supports, please contact either the special education coordinator at your child's school or the school district's Special Education Department.
  • Our school district is mandated to provide the support services students need to be successful in school and receive a quality, basic education whether that is in our virtual or traditional learning programs. If you have specific questions about how your child's special education needs will be provided, please contact either the special education coordinator at your child's school or the school district's Special Education Department.
Student Grades Questions
Social & Emotional Questions

How do I deal with my child's emotions,social needs, bullying, or uncaring behaviors during this time?

  • Bulloch County Schools counselors and district personnel have developed a Social & Emotional Learning website of resources for families.
  • There are resources on our COVID-19 website from reputable, national sources to assist you with social and emotional needs during this time.
  • Diseases do not discriminate, and neither should we. Individuals of Asian descent or heritage are no more likely to contract the coronavirus than anyone else. 
  • If students are feeling concerned or worried, encourage them to talk to a parent, teacher, or another trusted adult.  Remind kids of the things they can control to help decrease the risk- wash hands, cover sneezes and coughs.
  • Be aware of your own behaviors. It's important for parents and teachers to understand the effect their own behaviors and emotions can have on children. If you're visibly upset or react in a way that suggests you're fearful, they'll take their cues from you. Just remember to stick to the facts that we know. Be honest and communicate at a developmentally appropriate level.
  • Ensure you are using credible sources for information like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Georgia Department of Public Health.
  • These are some other simple topics that can help you address the social, emotional, and academic needs of your child at this time. You can determine which ones are most appropriate for your child and in what age appropriate ways you can discuss them with him/her:
    • Children should read or be read to at least 20 minutes per day.  Reading is simple and an effective way to strengthen a child's abilities at any age.
    • Encourage proper hygiene and talk about what good habits you need to practice in public at anytime in public spaces (i.e. grocery store,  houses of worship, sporting events, school, beach, amusement parks, etc.) 
    • Encourage a focus on facts not fear
    • Be patient and take one day at a time. Resist the desire to plan too far in the future and know all answers to future situations now, especially about school.
    • Take note of at least one blessing you have. If you have family, food, shelter, good health, or parents have jobs, be thankful for one or more of those blessings.
    • Children crave a schedule and like to know what they can do when. Make a family schedule, and especially include at least eight hours of sleep.
    • Do something to take care of yourself (i.e., exercise together, encourage a hobby, listen to music, or play an instrument.)
    • Monitor screen time on television, tablets, gaming devices, and cellular phones.
    • Be kind and find ways to focus on encouraging or helping others in our community
    • Resist the need to be perfect or to expect perfection in others.
    • Avoid "share and compare" on social media, especially when it comes to school operations. Not all school districts are alike, nor do they serve the same demographics. Don't assume what one school district is doing is what will or should be done in our community.