Hall County Schools is choosing to err on the side of caution when it comes to Ebola.
District officials said there have been no signs of Ebola in the district, but they have created an Ebola preparedness plan to ensure schools remain free of the disease.
“We have received no reports of any Ebola related concerns in our community,” a district news release stated. “However, we want to assure our parents and our community that your Hall County School District is fully engaged in staying abreast of the latest information and best practices as it relates to this issue.”
The release laid out several steps the district is taking to stay prepared.
The plan centers on keeping school officials and staff, including school nurses and the district’s Health Services coordinator, up to date on the latest information from health authorities and on guidelines from the Georgia Department of Public Health.
The Health Services coordinator will also work closely with the Department of Public Health and other health authorities on any Ebola-related concerns.
In addition, the district plans to defer enrollment and staffing decisions about people who may have been exposed to the virus to the superintendent, who will take input from a team including Department of Public Health officials.
In Gainesville schools, Superintendent Wanda Creel said the district is also taking precautions and looking to the Department of Public Health for guidance.
“What we’re doing is using the guidance provided to us by the Georgia Department of Public Health,” she said. “We are reviewing our guidelines for contagious disease and are updating them based on the (Department of Public Health) guidelines.”