Poplar Road Elementary School
2020 Reopening of Schools
Your child's health and safety has been and will continue to be a priority for the Coweta County School System and Poplar Road Elementary School School. As we look towards our reopening of schools in August, our staff has been working tirelessly on protocols and procedures to maximize safety and keep everyone healthy. School reopening guidelines have been developed with the guidance of the Georgia Department of Education, the Georgia Department of Public Health, and the Coweta County Emergency Management Agency. These are subject to change.
We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as we move to reopening school and providing students with an environment to work together toward purposeful pursuit of excellence.
What will a typical day look like?
Arrival at School
If a student is late to school, the student will enter the building by themselves and someone from the front office will check the child in.
In the event a child needs to be picked up early, the parent or guardian will enter the school and remain in the lobby until the child comes to the front lobby to leave. Students and parents will be asked to observe social distancing while in the lobby, are subject to temperature checks, and may be asked to complete a health screening checklist.
Students and parents are subject to temperature checks and may be asked to complete a health screening checklist.
Unfortunately, we will not be allowed to have visitors at lunch until further notice.
Students will still have the opportunity for specials (art, music, PE, computer) each day. All specials' classes will encourage physical distancing where feasible and limit student contact. Any instruments, equipment or materials used will be disinfected between classes to keep materials sanitary.
We will contact parents through email, letter, or phone call before school begins in order to introduce their child's teacher and welcome them to a new school year. Homerooms will be available on Parent Portal beginning August 3rd.
PreK and Kindergarten students will be contacted by their child's teacher to schedule a specific time to visit his or her classroom. Appointments will be made and only a limited number of parents and students will be allowed in the building at a time. Parents (as with all visitors) will be screened upon entry.
As soon as we have information about bus routes, we will post and share this information so that parents can look up their child's morning and afternoon bus number.
Virtual Learning (Empower Online Academy)
For students who receive special education services, parents who register for virtual learning will contact the special education office (in our central office) and they will arrange a meeting to discuss a plan for each student.
For students who receive gifted and other services, the system will have a teacher serve students by providing services for the week (probably not per day). This will depend upon the number of parents who choose the virtual option. Once they know who has registered, a schedule for services will be set.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will students be able to use water fountains?
Will my child have to wear a mask?
Will the school employ social distancing measures?
Will my child's teacher have to wear a face mask?
Can I visit my child at school?
Parent conferences and meetings will be held via phone, email, or through virtual meetings, when feasible.
If a visitation is absolutely essential and approved by school administrators, visitors will be subject to a temperature check and questionnaire. These instances will be on a limited basis.
Can I have something delivered to the school? (ex. food, gifts, etc.)
What protective measures will be taken on my child's bus?
Will my child still have recess?
What if a child begins to display symptoms of COVID exposure at school?
A list of COVID-19 symptoms to screen for can be found here.
If a student displays COVID symptoms at school, or has a temperature above 99.5 degrees that does not decrease over time (multiple checks will be taken) and/or displays other symptoms that cannot be explained, the child's parents or guardians will be contacted to pick up the student.
The student will be moved into an isolation room until picked up by a parent or guardian. Parents or guardians will be given a reasonable time to pick up their child. If a parent cannot be reached or a student is not/cannot be picked up within a reasonable time frame, 911 will be notified and the child will be transported via EMS to a local hospital.
Parents should contact their child’s school regarding any subsequent diagnosis of a child sent home from school, or who otherwise has exhibited symptoms of COVID-19 or other illnesses. Similarly, parents should notify their child’s school if anyone in the household has tested positive for COVID-19.
The student will not be able to return to school until released by the system's lead nurse (who can be contacted by calling 770-254-2799. Calls will be returned as soon as possible). Even if the child has a doctor's note, the child will still have to be cleared by the system's lead nurse.
Any siblings or any other student living with a student who is sent home for fever or other symptoms may stay at school, unless they also display symptoms. Any siblings or any other student living with a person who tests positive for COVID-19 will also be required to quarantine, and may not return to face-to-face instruction until cleared to do so by the system’s lead nurse.
All emergency and clinic cards need to be updated with current contact numbers and returned to school as soon as possible. Please include the name and numbers of any person (family or otherwise) who is able to pick up your child.
If a case of COVID-19 is diagnosed, local health and school system officials will be notified. Department of Public Health guidance will be followed, and local health and school officials will determine the next steps the school will follow, which may range from deep cleaning areas to school closing. Local public health officials will determine when or if letters will be sent home. The privacy of student, family and employee health matters will be maintained.
Please keep your child home if they have the following symptoms:
These guidelines are subject to change as CDC regulations and guidance are provided throughout the school year. We will be flexible this year in our attempt to provide the safest learning environment for all children.