GCSS COVID-19 Safety Measures 2021

  • August 13, 2021 - The Greene County School System is returning to implementing the same health and safety measures that proved effective in reducing the spread of COVID-19 among our students and staff last school year. These include wearing masks, frequent hand-washing and sanitization, limiting non-essential visitors, socially distancing as much as possible, and enhanced disinfection procedures.

    The district’s leadership monitor state and local COVID-19 conditions on a daily basis and continuously observe and evaluate to ensure that all safety protocols are being followed. We are also continuing to emphasize to parents that it is critically important for families follow COVID-19 mitigation strategies and keep students at home if they show any symptoms of illness.

    Keeping schools open and safe continues to be our top priority this school year. We are confident that following these enhanced health and safety procedures will allow us to successfully navigate these challenging times. 


    Plan for Maintaining Safe and Health Schools

    washing hands Hygiene

    • Frequent hand-washing and hand sanitizing are encouraged throughout the school day 

    • Hand-washing and hand sanitizer stations are located throughout each school 

    • Infrared, touchless water bottle refill stations are located throughout each school 

    • Plexiglass partitions are installed in offices 

    • Partitions are installed between sinks in restrooms 


    man coughing into hand Symptom Screening

    • Any student who exhibits symptoms or has experience confirmed close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 is sent home immediately 

    • Each schools has an area for isolating symptomatic persons 

    • Faculty, staff, and students agree that when reporting to school, they do not have a fever and do not have any symptoms of illness 


    cleaning supplies Cleaning and Disinfecting

    • Custodians follow enhanced cleaning and disinfecting procedures throughout the day 

    • Each school receives a daily deep-cleaning at the end of each school day and complete disinfection once a week 

    • High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected frequently throughout the school 

    • Disposable paper and plastic are used at mealtime 

    • Plexiglass partitions are installed in lunchroom service lines, and nutrition staff plate all food items; no self-service options are available 

    • HVAC ionization units that purify a buildings’s air by reducing the pathogens and particles that circulate via air systems are installed in each school 


    social distancing Social Distancing

    • Classrooms are structured to facilitate as much social distancing as possible and the school day is planned to reduce student transitions in each building's hallways 

    • The number of adults in each building is limited by restricting non-essential visitor and volunteer access 

    • Students in Pre-K — 2nd and 4th — 7th grades are served breakfast and lunch in their classrooms 

    • Students in 3rd and 8th — 12th grades eat in cafeteria with social distancing

    school bus Transportation

    • Parents are encouraged to transport their students to reduce the number of students riding the bus 

    • Students are required to wear a mask on the bus 

    • Social distancing is practiced to the greatest extent possible 

    • Buses are cleaned and disinfected between routes

    • Seating charts for contact tracing are utilized on buses 

    woman wearing mask Masks and Face Coverings

    • Face masks are provided to all staff
    • All staff wear masks while in the school buildings
    • Students are required to wear a mask in the school buildings
    • Students are required to wear a mask on the bus
    • Face coverings will be provided to students if needed