Exposure to COVID-19

Exposure to COVID-19
  • Students, faculty, and employees may not come to school if they feel sick, test positive for COVID-19, or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. 
  • Families should contact their school nurse immediately if their child is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, has tested positive for COVID-19, and/or has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus. 
  • Woodward’s Lead School Nurse (Cheryl Minor), Director of Campus Safety and Pandemic Coordinator (John Lane), and Associate Vice President for HR (Christy Browne) will notify local health officials, employees, and families immediately if a student or employee is sick with COVID-19. Please see details in the Contact Tracing section.

Updated COVID Guidelines - January 2021

Woodward Academy is updating our guidelines for keeping our community safe in response to new recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH). 


  • Parents of students who are absent due to an illness of any kind will be called daily by a school nurse to discuss how long the student should remain out of school. 
  • Woodward will maintain a 72-hour absent policy for monitoring illness; students may return when they are symptom-free and fever-free for 72 hours (at nurses’ discretion).

Positive COVID Test Results

If a student or employee tests positive, they must isolate for 11 days AND be 24-hour temperature-free without the use of fever-reducing medication AND be symptom-free before returning to school. They may return on the 12th day following a positive test result. 

Exposure to a Positive Individual

If students or employees are known to have had close or direct contact exposure to a COVID-positive individual, they must quarantine for at least 11 days AND be 24-hour symptom and fever free. If students or employees meet these criteria, they may return to school on the 12th day as directed by the Nursing team.  

Woodward is not requiring a negative PCR test to return on the 12th day; however, the Department of Public Health recommends testing on the sixth day of quarantine for those who choose to be tested. Regardless of a negative test, the return date will not change.

Criteria to Return to School

Students must submit their Symptom and Temperature Log to their school nurse. If they choose to have a PCR test, the results must be provided to the school prior to their return on the 12th day. If the PCR test is not back on the 12th day, the student may return after the negative test is received and provided to the respective school nurse.

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