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LCS School Health Plan

Plan Highlights: School Operations

  • Start Dates - 

    • Teachers to return on Monday, August 2.
    • Students to return on Wednesday, August 11. 

    Scheduling - 

    • Middle and High Schools will operate under a regular, 6 period schedule. (Except SAIL)

    Cafeteria –

    • Fully operational, including hot lunches
    • Elementary schools will maintain seating charts. 

    Visitors on Campus – 

    • For Pre-K - 8th grade, visitors, volunteers, mentors, or any non-district employee will NOT be allowed on campus during the school day until at least September 30, when procedures will be readressed. 
    • At high schools, for visitors, volunteers, mentors, or any non-district employee, masks are required. 

    Field Trips –  

    • At the elementary and middle school level, field trips will NOT be allowed until September 6, Labor Day, when procedures will be readressed. 
    • At the high school level, field trips will resume the first nine weeks.   

    Locker use –  

    • Students will be able to use lockers.  

    Facility rentals –  

    • Open for all use 


Plan Highlights: Health & Safety

  • Masks Required – 

    • Temporary use of masks is required for Pre-K - 12th grade students while indoors throughout the Leon County School District. Ex: In Class, transportation (buses), after school programs, etc. Masks are not required outside.
      • For parents who want to opt their Pre-K - 8th grade student(s) out of the mask requirement due to health concerns, they will need to submit the Prek-8th mask opt-out form that has been signed by a licensed medical provider. The medical mask opt-out form is due by Friday, August 27 to the student's school. 
      • For parents who want to opt their 9th - 12th grade student(s) out of the mask requirement due to health concerns or individual freedoms, they will need to submit a parental mask opt-out form. The mask opt-out form is due by Tuesday, August 17th to the student's school. 
    • Masks are a student's personal responsibility. 
    • Temporary use of masks is required for district employees when six feet of distancing cannot be maintained. 
    • Temporary use of masks is required for visitors, volunteers, mentors and outside vendors at all schools and district sites during the school day. 
    • Masks are one of many mitigation methods to help prevent COVID-19 transmission, but are not a substitute for vaccinations. 
    • Extra masks will be available at all school sites for students, employees, and visitors.  
    • Parents should initiate a request if they wish for help with compliance of mask wearing for their child. 
    • Schools and teachers will provide “reasonable assistance” to aid in student mask use. 
    • The administration should be involved and speak with parents and assist the student with wearing their mask if needed. The health department is available to provide families guidance and assistance on mask use. 
    • Staff will be encouraged to reduce stigma in classrooms for both masked and unmasked students. 

    Quarantine/Exposure Protocol -   

    Vaccinations –  

    • Are available to everyone 12 and older. 
    • If fully vaccinated*, no further testing or quarantine required  
      • *Fully vaccinated =(14 days after last dose)  
    • You may not ask if someone is vaccinated, but can advise on protocols for quarantine and exposure. 
    • For students, please see Quarantine – Exposure Protocol (link will open in a seperate tab).

    Daily Health Checks –  

    • No longer required upon arrival (No temperature checks, symptom check, etc.) 
    • Teachers can check temperatures in classrooms prior to sending them to the clinic (as needed). 

    Change in Fever Free Procedure –  

    • Students MUST be fever free (under 100º) without medication for 48 hours.  

    School Clinic Protocols –  

    • Schools will keep sick students separated from each other as much as possible within space limitations. 
    • Masks may be used in clinics for any student exhibiting any illness (fever, sneezing, coughing, etc.). 
    • In an abundance of caution, students exhibiting any Covid like symptoms will be sent home and can return when symptoms subside.
      • Fever or chills
      • Cough
      • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
      • Fatigue
      • Muscle or body aches
      • Headache
      • New loss of taste or smell
      • Sore throat
      • Congestion or runny nose
      • Nausea or vomiting
      • Diarrhea

    Immune Compromised Students -  

    • The medical management plan created by the student’s M.D. will be followed by the R.N. assigned to the school. 

    Community Notification –  

    • Schools will send a parent/guardian community notification about a positive case identified in the school. 
    • Administrators will send individual classroom notifications for any student potentially exposed to a positive case.
    • The District will display a COVID-19 dashboard on the Leon County Schools website homepage and on the In Class website. The purpose of the dashboard is to communicate to our community the number of confirmed, positive cases of COVID-19. The dashboard will reflect the date and the number of LCS students and employees, along with the district sites where the positive cases have been identified. The dashboard will be updated at the end of each day, Monday—Friday.

    Sanitation Procedures –  

    • Daily sanitation measures will continue.  
    • All schools have a sanitation team for targeted cleaning if a positive case occurs in school.  

    Student School Work While on Quarantine –  

    Cohort groups –  

    • No block scheduling at secondary schools (Except SAIL). 
    • Cohort groups (Ex: grade level or subject content, etc.) will be utilized within reason. 
    • Seating charts will be maintained to assist with contact tracing if needed after any positive case. 

    Transportation –  

    • Masks will be required on buses for Pre-K - 12th grade students unless parent/guardian provides an Opt Out form to the bus driver.  
    • Seating charts will be used on all LCS buses for contact tracing purposes if needed after any positive case. 
    • Extra masks and hand sanitizer will be available. 
    • Buses will be sanitized daily. 


    *Fully vaccinated = (14 days after last dose of vaccine shot)


Last Modified on September 17, 2021