Newnan High School Drops Mask Mandate
Dear Newnan High School family,
Newnan High School has seen a decrease in COVID-19 cases over the past two-week period. Our school moved to a higher tier of COVID mitigation on August 31, after 2.53% of our total student and staff population reported positive COVID-19 tests over a seven-day period. Over the most recent seven-day period, our school’s rate of newly-reported positive cases declined to 0.88% of population.
While this indicates that COVID-19 is still active within our school’s community, this decrease in the positivity rate allows our school to return to normal school system Tier 1 precautions for COVID-19. This change returns to our school’s previous position of encouraging, but not requiring, face masks. This change also allows visitors to return to our school, and we strongly encourage all visitors – as well as staff and students – to consider wearing a face covering, and to avoid coming to a school if experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or other transmissible illnesses.
Our school system’s baseline COVID-19 precautions include encouraging, but not requiring, all individuals to follow CDC guidance to wear a mask while in a school, requiring masks on school buses per an ongoing federal order, social distancing where practicable, recommending self health-checks for students and staff, cleaning and hygiene measures, and participation with the Georgia Department of Public Health to perform close contact investigations where needed, with the Georgia Department of Health making final determinations of quarantine in those cases.
Thank you for your continued support as we work together to navigate this school year and our response to COVID-19. We will continue to monitor daily COVID-19 on a school-by-school basis, and could return to additional measures if conditions warrant. These measures are employed by schools, if needed, to maintain our ability to provide face-to-face instruction for students.
As a reminder, everyone is encouraged to follow current GaDPH recommendations, including those above, and:
Daily check yourself/your child for the below COVID-19 symptoms prior to sending him/her to school or riding the school bus/reporting to work by using the following checklist:
□ Fever or chills □ New severe/bad headache
□ New Cough □ New loss of taste or smell
□ Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing □ Sore throat
□ Fatigue □ Congestion or runny nose
□ Muscle or body aches □ Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
If you/your student develops COVID-19 symptoms, please stay home from school and group activities, such as sports or play groups, please notify your school, and contact your healthcare provider as soon as possible.
The Department of Public Health recommends that laboratory testing be obtained on all suspect COVID-19 cases.
Chase Puckett, Principal