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As we move into the fall and winter months, it will be important for us to tighten up some of our COVID protocols. Over the last week, the state of Georgia has been moved back to the red zone. While the numbers at our school and within Coweta County are not at a red zone level, we want to move proactively rather than reactively so our school can remain open throughout the year by incorporating some enhanced COVID protocols.
Enhanced protocols include:
  • Increased use of masks
  • Greater efforts to enforce social distancing
  • Increased cleaning efforts
  • Reducing the number of fans at sporting events
  • Ensuring host schools are following our protocols when we play at their venues
  • Ensuring host schools are sharing their COVID case numbers by grade level before we engage in team play
  • Limiting visitors to campus
  • Encouraging contactless transactions in the business office

Return to School Plan

As we approach a well-deserved Thanksgiving week, let’s also remember how thankful we are to be able to come to school every day! Being on campus and interacting with others is optimal for our children’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being. 

We are also thankful that our students, families, faculty, and staff are continuing to Protect the Nest every day. As the spread of the virus increases during these cooler months, it is more important than ever to practice what we know is working. 

During the Thanksgiving week we are asking each family to please commit to continuing to Protect the Nest by:
• Wearing masks as much as you can- especially in public places.
• Stay home if you can! We know the pandemic has been stressful and isolating for many and we are all looking for ways to reconnect with family and friends but staying home is an excellent way to help stop the spread.
•  If you do choose to travel, be extra cautious in airports, rest stops, and while using any form of public transportation. Wash your hands often and keep your distance when you can. 
• If you feel sick, stay home, and isolate from others. Encourage your family members to do the same.
• Let your visitors know what your expectations are in your home to keep everyone healthy. 
• Limiting family gatherings to a small number of people; keeping the gathering to the members of your immediate household is the ideal scenario but we know this is not always possible. 
• If you do have guests, provide plenty of supplies for them to wash their hands and sanitize surfaces. Swap your fancy bathroom guest towels for paper towels that can be thrown away immediately after use.
• Find an outdoor space for your gatherings if you can. Small, enclosed spaces with no outdoor air pose more risk.
• Practice social distancing whenever possible.
• Avoid large crowds. A big after Thanksgiving sale may not be a great idea.
• Be honest with others if you think you may have been exposed to COVID so they can take precautions. Consult with your doctor as soon as you can and communicate with the school about any test results you receive. 
We are so thankful for you!!
Dear Parents,
As we head into the Thanksgiving break, we would like to tell you all how thankful we are for you and your consistent efforts to Protect the Nest! We are so proud that we have made it to Thanksgiving with very few positive COVID-19 cases. Bravo! This is greatly due to all of you being extra conscientious by not sending your children to school with symptoms, by being open and honest with us about your family’s health, and following the guidelines in our Return to School Plan.
We hope that however you spend the Thanksgiving holiday, your family finds the time to relax and renew.
We encourage you to continue to practice safe measures over the holiday break, by social distancing, wearing a mask when needed,  practicing  good handwashing techniques, and avoiding large groups and crowded indoor gatherings. If your child or an immediate family member becomes ill or exposed to COVID-19 during the Thanksgiving holiday please let us know immediately, so that we can take the proper steps for quarantining and tracing.
Please reach out to one or all of us using the following contact information:
        Kristin Skelly  kskelly@heritageschool.com
                                                        Nathan Watts  nwatts@heritageschoo.com
                                                        Donna Dougherty  ddougherty@heritageschool.com
                                                        Renae Smith  rsmith@heritageschool.com
If you have a COVID related concern, Summit Urgent Care in Newnan is able to schedule virtual visits any time of day or night. Visit
https://summiturgentcare365.com and click “Begin Virtual Visit.” There are several other clinics that also offer 24 hours service or extended hours so feel free to choose a medical professional/ service of your choice.
Wishing you a safe, happy, and healthy holiday!
Renae Smith, School Nurse

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 13 items.

  • What specifically determines when our school moves from orange to red or orange to yellow?

    We use many different metrics to make decisions about moving from phase to phase. Every day we look at data from the Georgia Department of Public Health and look at the number of cases in Coweta, Fayette, Carroll, and Fulton counties. We review the Cases Chart filtering on Onset Date to get a more accurate picture of the trend of cases in the counties where our students reside. The daily attendance report is another key factor in our decision-making process. This report gives us the most up-to-date information on any child or faculty member who is not at school and if they are sick, a list of their symptoms. The School Nurse, Director of Campus Security, and Head of School will consult with the Heritage COVID Task Force if there is data that causes us to consider moving to a new phase. Any change in phase will be communicated to our school community via email and will appear on the Coronavirus Response Page on our website.
  • How long does a student/teacher have to quarantine if they test positive?

    If a student or teacher receives a positive test or a physician diagnosis of COVID-19, the person will quarantine for at least 10 days from when the symptoms first appeared, until no fever for at least 72 hours without medication and improvement of other symptoms. 
    A person who tests positive but who is asymptomatic will quarantine for 10 days from the date of the positive test unless symptoms appear during that time.

  • What guidelines do you have for students if a family member is diagnosed with COVID?

    If the family member lives in the immediate household, students must quarantine for 14 days. The School Nurse, Renae Smith, must approve a student’s re-entry to campus.
  • Will all Heritage families be informed when there is a positive COVID case on campus?

    We will update families if there is a spread or if their student has been in sustained contact or low contact with a COVID-positive person. Parents can also check the Covid Data Dashboard on the resource board for the most up to date numbers each Friday. 
  • What is sustained contact?

    Sustained contact means contact with a person within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more.
  • If one child in our family is required to stay home because he or she has had sustained contact with someone who has COVID, does the sibling who is in a different grade or class also need to stay home?

    No, the sibling would not need to quarantine unless the exposed sibling tests positive for COVID-19 or develops symptoms.
  • How will I know if my child has to quarantine? How long will they need to quarantine?

    If your child was exposed to someone on our campus who has been identified as COVID-positive and your child is deemed to have sustained contact with this individual based on Georgia Public Health and CDC criteria, you will be notified by email to expedite the notifications process. Because we will engage the Health Department in contact tracing efforts, this agency may call you as well to get more information.
    • Sustained contacts must quarantine for 14 days from the date of their last exposure to the COVID-positive person. If you want to have your child tested, you should wait until the 10th day to allow time for symptoms to appear and for the virus to be detectable.
    • The School Nurse and Division Directors will maintain in touch with anyone identified as a sustained contact while they are quarantining and prior to their return to campus. 
    If your child is deemed NOT to have sustained contact with the individual but was still around them at some point, you will still be contacted via email and phone, but your child will not be required to quarantine. The School Nurse will talk with you about the next steps.
  • What is involved in contact tracing?

    The school will notify Public Health of the positive test and will notify families whose students are deemed to have had sustained contact (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more) first. We will then notify families whose students have had low contact. We strongly encourage families to work with Public Health contact tracers should they reach out to you. Public Health officials will not reach out to families of students who have not been in sustained contact.
  • If a student has had sustained contact with someone COVID positive, is the student expected to stay home for 14 days even if they get a negative test?

    Yes. Based on recommendations from the CDC and Georgia Public Health, students who have had sustained contact to someone who has COVID must quarantine for 14 days whether they have signs/symptoms or a negative test.
  • What happens if someone in sustained contact with my child just has symptoms? Will we be notified of this type of contact or is it only when someone has a positive test?

    Based on the recommendation of Georgia Public Health, we are only notifying parents when we have a positive case on campus. Our experience to date is that students who have had symptoms of COVID have not tested positive. Strep throat and allergies are common ailments that may present the same symptoms as COVID.
  • Will students need to quarantine if one of their teachers gets COVID?

    Students will not need to quarantine unless they were deemed to have had sustained contact (within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes) with the teacher.
  • What happens if my child’s teacher has to quarantine or cannot come to work because he or she is ill?

    We are fortunate to have a wonderful group of substitute teachers who are trained to use the SWIVL system. If your child’s teacher is feeling well but just quarantining at home, he or she may choose to teach from home using the SWIVL system. A substitute will serve as a facilitator in the classroom while the teacher instructs if that is the case.
  • Why is the School limiting attendance at some athletic events?

    Unfortunately, athletic events, especially indoor athletic events, have been very difficult for us to monitor effectively. It is tough to enforce mask policies and social distancing with fans that do not attend the School. While our school has many safeguards in place, other schools who are not in session, are not taking the same precautions. We continue to look at each week and make decisions based on our current phase. Outdoor events will be easier to manage and will have less restrictions.
    If your family chooses to attend activities at other schools’ venues, we strongly encourage you to wear masks and socially distance even if the school you are visiting does not require those safeguards.


Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm.
We are doing our part to Protect the Nest by offering remote services to families who do not wish to come to the Administration Building in person. If you have questions please contact the appropriate person via email. 
Kristin Skelly, Head of School
School Records and Website Login Assistance:
Dr. Sandy Thames, Registrar
Student Billing and Smart Tuition:
Cherie White, HR and Benefits Manager
Financial Assistance:
Dan Langford - Director of Finance and Operations
Security Questions:
Mike Adcock, Director of Campus Security

Not sure who to contact?
Judy Cooper, Front Desk Receptionist

Our Approach

Our Approach is “Preparation-Not Panic”
We are only using information from reputable sources such as the CDC and Georgia Department of Public Health to guide our preparation practices. We believe that we are well equipped to handle any situation that should arise regarding COVID-19 by planning and employing scientific based practices. 
For the most detailed and up-to-date information on COVID-19, we encourage you to bookmark this page, watch our school calendar, and monitor the following websites. We will update this page with information about COVID-19 as it relates to The Heritage School. 
The Heritage School2093 Highway 29 North, Newnan, Georgia 30263Main Office: 770.253.9898 770.253.9898