Solon Springs School Board extends mask mandate

The move came after more than an hour of discussion about mask use at school, and a day before the district announced that an individual had been excluded from school after testing positive for COVID-19.

“This positive (case) does affect the school,” wrote Superintendent Frank Helquist in a Sept. 25 letter to parents.

Children and staff who interacted closely with the individual will be contacted by the Douglas County Health Department or the school, he said, and close contacts will be excluded from school for 14 days from their last exposure to the person.

Since school resumed this fall, Solon Springs students have been mandated to keep masks on unless they are outside and at least an “eagle’s wings” distance apart. Some parents expressed concerns at the school board meeting that masks were distracting their children, causing headaches, sore ears and anxiety. Board members said that use of masks while

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Trauma support program, WATCH, extends another school year for Col. Co. BOE

Columbia County, Ga. (WJBF) – In Columbia County, commissioners voted to extend a partnership with the school system.

They’ve teamed up to help students who went through traumatic experiences.
It’s called the WATCH program.

A school’s main goal is for students to reach academic success. The WATCH program is another way to help those who might need extra support.

It’s an alert system between seven partners. These partners are people like first responders and court judges.

The school system’s Coordinator of Socio-Emotional Services, Rachel Czerepak, says, “the more we continue with this program, the more partners we bring on, and the longer that it is in existence, we will be able to impact more students who are potentially experiencing trauma in the community.

The information given is minimal for confidential reasons. It only gives the students name and school, date and time, as well as who issued the alert.


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