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Georgia Milestones Safety Rules and Procedures

Georgia Cyber Academy (GCA) takes seriously the safety and well-being of its students, families, and staff. As such, GCA will implement a number of rules and safeguards in order to safely conduct End-of-Grade and End-of-Course testing during the 2020-21 school year.  Below is a list of these rules. This is not an all-inclusive list. GCA staff may take additional steps or enact additional requirements not listed below, as needed, to make testing as safe as possible.

Any student, family member, or GCA staff member who has previously tested positive for COVID-19 should not enter a testing site without first testing negative for COVID-19. If a member of a student’s household tests positive for COVID-19, this person and the student must both receive negative COVID-19 test results prior to Milestones testing. Documentation of both positive and negative tests will be required.

Students unable to test due to COVID-19 (or other illness) must submit medical documentation to be excused from testing. These students will be required to participate in make-up testing, if possible.

Both students and staff members are subject to temperature screenings at the testing site. Anyone with a temperature over 100.4 degrees will not be allowed into the testing site.

Everybody on test site premises must wear a cloth or surgical mask over their mouth and nose at all times. This includes family members waiting in line during sign-in or sign-out periods (with the exception of children two years old or younger).

Families should limit the number of family members waiting in sign-in and sign-out lines as much as possible.

Only students will be allowed to remain inside the testing venue during testing. Family members are not allowed to stay inside the building.

Staff will be provided with sanitizing wipes and/or disinfectant spray.

Disposable rubber gloves will be provided for staff members or students who would like to wear them.

Hand sanitizer will be provided. Students and staff are to sanitize their hands upon arriving at the testing site and should do so again before leaving.

No food, drink, or gum/candy is allowed at testing (water bottles are an exception).

Students may bring a water bottle, preferably with a straw. Straws will also be provided. Students will need to be able drink water without pulling down their masks. Public water fountains are not to be used.

Pens for signing in and out are to be sanitized between users.

If a line forms for signing in or signing out, families must stay at least six feet apart from one another.

Ideally, students will be escorted one-by-one from the sign-in table to the testing room. Likewise, when testing is over, students should be escorted from the testing room one-by-one, if possible.

Prior to students entering a testing room, staff will ensure all desks/tables and chairs have been sanitized.

Staff members are to sanitize anything they or students must touch, such as door handles, light switches, etc. Staff members should use hand sanitizer regularly while on site.

Students should bring their own GCA-issued Chromebook, mouse, and charger for testing.

Students should bring their own calculator (if needed) and pencils.

Students are to have pre-assigned seats within their testing room. Students may not sit anywhere other than their assigned seat. Students should avoid touching anything besides their assigned seat, work surface, computer/mouse, testing materials, calculator, and pencil.

Students will be seated as far from each other as space allows. At no time should students be closer than six feet from one another. Staff will also maintain an appropriate distance from students and each other.

The number of students allowed in a restroom at one time will be limited.

Parents/students will be encouraged to submit Health/Emergency and Student Release forms electronically prior to testing to avoid having to fill these out on site.

GA Milestones Safety Rules & Procedures PDF

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