• COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies Currently Being Used in the District

    The Dougherty County School System is using a multi-layered approach to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 among our students and employees. You can learn more about the strategies being used below. 

     

    • Vaccination: The district is highly encouraging parents of students 12 and up and others who are eligible to get vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine. The district is also providing a financial incentive to employees who get fully vaccinated. 

    • Bipolar Ionization Air Cleaners in Schools and Buses: Bipolar ionization (also called needlepoint bipolar ionization) is a technology that can be used in HVAC systems or portable air cleaners to generate positively and negatively charged particles. Provided manufacturers have data to demonstrate efficacy, manufacturers of these types of devices may market this technology to help remove viruses, including SARS-2-CoV, the virus that causes COVID-19, from the air, or to facilitate surface disinfection of surfaces within a treated area.

    • Face masks: The district requires cloth or paper face masks to be worn over the nose and mouth while students are indoors and when outdoors and social distancing isn't possible.

    • Three-sided desk shields: These plastic dividers provide a particulate barrier between students in classrooms.

    • COVID-19 Testing for Screening: Testing is done weekly for students in the district to determine asymptomatic, pre-symptomatic or mild symptomatic positive COVID-19 cases. These tests allow the district to take direct action to quarantine or isolate impacted students to prevent the spread of the virus.