• Henry County Public Schools has taken and will continue to take actions to ensure the health and safety of students, educators, and other school and division staff during and following the return to full in-person instruction. A description of actions already taken and additional actions planned is below.

    STEPS TO MAINTAIN HEALTH AND SAFETY

    In addition, Henry County Public Schools has adopted practices on each of the following safety recommendations established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

    • Wearing of masks is optional
    • Modifying facilities to allow for physical distancing
    • Diagnostic and screening testing
    • Efforts to provide vaccinations to school communities
    • Appropriate accommodations for children with disabilities with respect to health and safety policies
    • Coordination with state and local health officials








    In addition, Henry County Public Schools has adopted practices on each of the following safety recommendations established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

     

    Universal and correct wearing of masks

    All students, faculty, staff, and visitors (regardless of vaccination status) in public and private K-12 indoor school settings will wear a mask, per Executive Order 79.

     

    Modifying facilities to allow for physical distancing

    Gatherings, events, and extracurricular activities will be limited to those where physical/social distancing can be maintained, support proper hand hygiene, and restrict attendance of those from higher transmission areas. 

     

    Diagnostic and screening testing

    HCPS is working with VDH officials to prepare for diagnostic and screening testing for specific groups at school sites.

     

    Efforts to provide vaccinations to school communities

    HCPS will continue to work with VDH, Public Safety, and Coalition for Health & Wellness officials to offer vaccination clinics at school sites.

     

    Appropriate accommodations for children with disabilities with respect to health and safety policies

    In light of flexible educational options, IEP teams may reconvene in order to determine and document appropriate services. Any considerations regarding alternate scheduling for attendance will be made through the IEP team.

     

    Coordination with state and local health officials

    The school division's local Public Health Department contact is Sharon Ortiz Garcia, Epidemiologist. The phone number is 276-638-2311, ext 129.