Greene County Health releases guidance for schools reopening plan

Greene County Public Health released its back-to-school guidance for Greene County schools reopening at the beginning of the new academic year.

“It is vital that everyone work together in a collaborative way to create policies and procedures that protect the integrity of the educational process and foster the overall health of everyone,” read the Wednesday morning release. “It is in this spirit that Greene County Public Health has created these general principles that each school district can consider as our community proceeds with the reopening of our schools throughout Greene.”

The guidance includes general guidelines and ways to implement safety protocols, a detailed symptom assessment schools can use when deciding who should stay home, an action plan if a person tests positive for COVID-19, communication guidance, a water systems safety plan, classroom occupancy guidance and more.

The department also addressed food service safety, as all districts will offer food services to students.

“In addition to addressing social distancing issues, food security also plays an important role as plans and decisions are being developed,” stated the release. “The logistical challenges of successfully feeding all students and school staff will likely vary between each school.”

A “Sampe COVID-19 Letter” was also provided in the guidance.

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