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Frequently Asked Questions: Bulloch County Schools' Operations During the Novel Coronavirus

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 district is faced with some very diverse and complex challenges about the return to school. These range from one end of the spectrum to the other in relation to community concerns and government guidance. 

Since our school district closed on March 16, our district has worked on plans to return to school.  Our plan for the new school year is to return as scheduled on Monday, August 3, 2020, while we also coordinate options for future barriers.  

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General Questions

I need attendance obtaining a verification sheet in order for my child to get their driver’s licence.  How can I get those?

Please contact your high school's main office telephone number. 

Social & Emotional Questions

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

  • 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.