A pandemic may involve any new virus that presents itself into the human population. History records several pandemic incidents and threats, beginning with an influenza pandemic in 1510. The current threat involves a novel coronavirus named SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). The DeKalb County School District Readiness Response Guide has been developed to assist staff in the planning and preparation for a safe return. The Readiness Response Guide includes an overview of the DeKalb County School District’s (DCSD’s) Communication Protocol. Decisions will be made in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH), DeKalb County Board of Health (DBOH) and the COVID-19 Response Team.
This planning guide contains information for schools and departments to help them plan for possible scenarios, to protect staff, students, and education services. It provides detail for the implementation of the plan and draws on the best information currently available. As health information changes over time, this guide will be updated as necessary.