COVID-19 HOTLINE: 1-844-442-2681
Georgia Crisis and Access Line (GCAL): 1-800-715-4225
Georgia Emotional Support Line: 1-866-399-8938
Peer2Peer Warm Line: 1-888-945-1414
Substance Abuse Support Line: 1-844-326-5400

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in more than 100 locations internationally, including in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).

Source:

Centers for Disease Control

1. The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) is working closely with the Office of the Governor, the Georgia Department of Public Health (GaDPH), and other agencies to ensure local school districts, parents, and students have the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding COVID-19.

2. There are several types of the common human coronavirus that are similar to the human cold, which many of us get infected with at some point in our lives. However, this should not be confused with coronavirus disease 2019.

3. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

4. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Georgia Department of Public Health are constantly updating their interim guidelines, recommended actions, and important information related to COVID-19 to minimize the spread of illness. The District will follow the recommended preventative actions as advised.

5. The Georgia Department of Public Health advises that you call their new hotline for COVID-19  if you believe that you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to the novel coronavirus. You should contact your primary care doctor, an urgent care clinic, or your local federally qualified healthcare center. Please do not show up unannounced at an emergency room or health care facility.

Hotline: 1-844- 442-2681

Wash your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact

Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others

  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
  • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
    • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
  • Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker.
  • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • If you are in a private setting and do not have on your cloth face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them. Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
  • Then, use a household disinfectant. Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work.
Alternate Meal Service Plan

 

WHAT: In accordance with the Georgia Department of Education and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the District will extend alternate meal services for students during the system-wide closure.

 

 WHO:  All children, ages 0-18 and 18-21, if in an educational   setting. 

 

 WHEN: JUNE 1-JULY 17, 2020 

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

 

 WHERE:

 

School sites 

 

 

 

  • Baker Middle School
  • Carver High School
  • J.D. Davis Elementary School
  • Dawson Elementary School
  • Double Churches Middle School
  • Fox Elementary School
  • Key Elementary School
  • Spencer High School

 

 

 

 Bus delivery sites

 

 

 

  • Elizabeth Canty Apartments
  • Chase Homes
  • Eagle Trace Apartments
  • Jordan High School
  • Kendrick High School (front of school area)
  • Midland Academy
  • Warren Williams Apartments
  • Whisperwood Apartments
  • Wilson Apartments

 

NEW sites! Effective April 6

 

  • Former 30th Avenue Preschool
  • Victory Mission

 

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

 

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national original, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

 

 

 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

 

 

 

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:

 

http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html,

 

and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

 

 

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

 

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

 

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

 

 

 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

 

Athletics-Return to Practice

WHEN: July 6, 2020
WHO: Fall High School sports only: cheerleading, cross country, football, softball, and volleyball
WHAT: In accordance with Georgia High School Association guidelines, the Muscogee County
School District has set a goal date of July 6, 2020, for athletic teams to return to practice. This
decision was made in coordination with local public health officials. The District will continue to
monitor the COVID-19 related conditions of our community, which could affect the return date for
athletic teams. The District has not sanctioned any practices, organized workouts, or open gyms
before July 6, 2020.


Guidelines for Returning to Practice

  • Parents and student-athletes should expect to hear from their school with information on
    parent meetings for each sport.
  • Summer workouts are voluntary. If a student does not feel comfortable with returning to
    practice, they should contact their coach and inform them.
  • Student-Athletes must have a current physical and a Summer 2020 Permission Form
    (distributed by your coach or on the MCSD website) before they can start practice.
  • Once practice begins, there is a screening process that participants will go through daily
    including temperature readings and COVID-19 related questions.
  • Masks/facial coverings are optional for student-athletes.
  • Each participant will need to bring their own water bottle to practice.
  • Any equipment used during practice will be sanitized after each practice.

For more information, please contact the Office of Athletics at 706.748.2595 or Battles.Jeffrey.W@muscogee.k12.ga.us.

Student registration and enrollment

 2020-2021 Student registration and enrollment

New student registration:

  • Who: students who are not currently enrolled in the District and/or students who were enrolled during a previous school year but withdrew
  • Access point: District login page
  • Required documentation for each student:
    • Student’s birth certificate
    • Student’s Social Security card or waiver
    • Withdrawal form and transcripts or last report card from previous school district
    • Two proofs of residency with the parents/legal guardians’ full name and address:
      • Currently lease and/or mortgage
      • Current utility bill
    • Parents/legal guardians’ identification (driver’s license, state-issued I.D., passport, or military I.D.)
    • GA Immunization Form (3231) or waiver form giving more time to get form 3231
    • GA Eye, Ear & Dental Form (3300) or waiver form more time to get form 3300

Returning students:

  • Who: students who were enrolled during the 2019-2020 school year and are returning for the 2020-2021 school year
  • Access point: Parent Portal
  • Required documentation for each student:
    • Two proofs of residency with the parents/legal guardians’ full name and address:
      • Currently lease and/or mortgage
      • Current utility bill
    • Parents/legal guardians’ identification (driver’s license, state-issued I.D., passport, or military I.D.)

Parents who need assistance with completing the online application due to internet access, language barriers, etc. can contact the students’ assigned schools or Central Registration: centralregistration@muscogee.k12.ga.us, 706-748-2000.Central Registration will offer appointment-based in-person assistance upon request.

Parents and students experiencing homelessness should contact the McKinney-Vento department, 706-748-2276 or 706-575-1676, to complete registration for the 2020-2021 school year.

Points of Contact

Students with disabilities
  • Click here for detailed information for families and parents of students with disabilities. 
  • Click here for information on IDEA timelines. 
  • Click here for the U.S. Department of Education’s guidance. 

Testing

Georgia Department of Education 

The Georgia Department of Education announced an online survey to get the public’s feedback on a waiver of the high-stakes testing requirement in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) for the 2020-2021 school year. ESSA requires that the public and any interested school districts have an opportunity to comment and provide input on all waiver requests.

State School Superintendent Richard Woods and the Georgia Department of Education are urging anyone interested in the future of Georgia’s public education system to complete the survey.

The online survey can be found at the following link through 

Friday, July 10 at 11:59 pmhttp://gadoe.org/ESSASurvey

Our community is resilient–we will persevere, and together, we will meet the challenges that attempt to dampen our outlook.

Dr. David Lewis

Superintendent of Education, Muscogee County School District

Links and Resources

The Pastoral Institute 

Internet Service Connection:

Charter – FREE Spectrum Broadband 60 days in service area for all K-12 and college students without subscriptions

Call 1-866-874-2389

Free Wi-Fi hot spots:

AT&T

Xfinity: https://wifi.xfinity.com/

Student Learning:

Arts Education resources (local)

Chattahoochee Valley Libraries

Connect with Kids WebSource: Social and emotional learning

MCSD organizational code: inspire

Get Georgia Reading

GPB Education

Georgia’s Home Classroom 

  • Pre-K-5th grade resources are now available.
  • Students in Pre-K-12th grade can now access free, educational PBS daytime programming designated for each grade level weekdays on GPB-TV. 

Talking to your kids about COVID-19:

GPB

Scholastic Classroom Magazines

School Year 2020-2021 Re-opening

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the District's plan for School Year 2020-2021?

The District is following recommendations presented by the CDC, Georgia Department of Education, and Georgia Department of Public Health. Our pandemic plan is directed by specific guidelines for K-12 public school communities. The Board of Education reviewed the re-opening plan options June 29, 2020 in a Special Called Work Session.

Resources:

Board meeting session (via YouTube)
PowerPoint presentation

When will the school year start?

August 10, 2020

What re-opening option has the District selected?

The District will move forward with Option Two: School Choice. In this model, all school buildings will be open. Parents will have the option to choose either in-person or virtual instruction that is provided by MCSD. Parents will declare a choice for record. The District will send specific instructions to parents on how to declare an option.

What is the next step for parents?

Parents should declare their choice to the District. The District will send specific instructions to parents on how to declare an option.

I am having issues with the online registration portal. Who do I contact?

The Central Registration Office:

centralregistration@muscogee.k12.ga.us

706-748-2219/706-748-2222/706-748-2223

When will the final plan be ready for review?

The District will present final details to the Board of Education during its work session July 13; 5:00 p.m. via live stream.

Is it possible that schools could close this year?

Yes, that is always a possibility based on public health emergencies and any state or national-level executed orders.

If schools close, is the District prepared for virtual instruction?

Yes, if the situation warrants closing, the District will enact a system-wide virtual learning model.

Do all of my students have to declare the same choice?

No. Parents can select preferences for each student within their household.

Will parents have an opportunity to chance to meet with school administrators before making the decision of sending them back?

Parents can consult their school leadership to address any specific concerns prior to declaring their preferences.

I do not have reliable internet access. Can I choose the virtual option?

Yes, that is still a possibility for your student(s) based on the availability of District resources such as mi-fi devices. However, we strongly encourage you to indicate to your school any limitations as soon as possible so that we can help you obtain a reliable option.

How will you assist working parents that would like to implement the virtual option but are not available during the day to assist their students with assignments or instruction?

The District will create supplementary material for parents. The parent liaisons in Title I schools and at the District will be available to assist parents. We are reviewing options to provide parent training and instructional resources.

Is it possible for me to choose the online option for my kids and then change to in-person learning if the COVID-19 conditions improve?

Yes, after a full grading period.

What happens if parents do not declare and they show up on the first day of school?

Returning students will proceed with the traditional in-person choice in lieu of a declaration. Parents/legal guardians new to the District will have an opportunity to review options based upon availability of resources.

My child has a pre-existing condition. Can I choose the virtual option?

Yes. Depending on the condition, we encourage you to connect with your school to ensure all of your student’s learning needs are adequately addressed prior to the start of school.

What precautions will the District take for in-person instruction to prevent the spread of COVID-19 illness?

The District will follow the guidelines for health and safety presented by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), local Department of Public Health, Georgia Department of Education, and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

District-wide safety thus far will include:

  • Required face masks/coverings for all students, staff members, and visitors at all District schools/sites
  • Established screening procedures for students, visitors, and employees
  • Established access to testing, if needed
  • The installation of sneeze-guards in schools to prevent direct contact
  • Limited access to District buildings for visitors
  • Established check-in/check-out procedures administered through Raptor Technologies Visitor Management system
  • Established crisis response protocol for site-level COVID-19 outbreaks
  • Established processes to address employees or students displaying symptoms of illness
  • Established cleaning and sanitization procedures at District sites and on buses
  • Established disinfecting procedures for District site and buses affected by COVID-19 outbreaks and/or individuals displaying symptoms of illness
  • Increased supplies of hand sanitizer, disinfectant, soap, and paper towels
  • Increased clinic-based supplies of personal protection equipment and thermometers
If a child/teacher in the classroom tests positive for COVID-19 does the whole classroom quarantine?

The District will immediately isolate any students displaying symptoms and enact contact tracing with the assistance of public health agencies to determine next steps.

    If a child is quarantined how will they complete missing work?

    Each school will provide accommodations to ensure students receive their assignments in the case of any absence. School administrators will work directly with parents.

    Will the District provide face masks for students who do not have them?

    We are working with vendors to help us provide masks for parents to purchase in advance of the school year.

    What will classroom setup look like to consider social distancing?

    Distancing practices will be implemented based upon each school community’s needs.

    Will students who choose in-person have transportation options?

    Yes. We will continue transportation to all District schools.

    What safety precautions will you take on the buses?

    The District will clean and sanitize buses prior to each route and at the end of each day. The District is developing details to address students who display symptoms of illness prior to entering a bus.

    Will students receive meals during the school day?

    Yes. Students, whose parents who opt for in-person instruction, will receive meals on site.

    Students, whose parents opt for virtual instruction, will receive meals at an alternate site or through an alternate option.

    How will students socially distance during the day?

    The proper distancing will depend upon the school community, its size, and number of students who opt for in-person instruction.

    Social distancing guidelines will be maintained in accordance with the CDC and AAP’s recommendations, with consideration to the use of face masks/coverings.

    What protections will the District provide for teachers and school-based employees?

    All employees will be required to wear facemasks/coverings. All reception areas will be equipped with sneeze guards to minimize contact. Additional measures for classrooms are under development. The District is exploring the feasibility to include items such as face shields, desk partitions, sneeze guards for teachers’ desks, etc.

    I need a transcript. Who do I contact?
    • Current students: contact your student’s school administration team via email/phone.
    • Past students: contact the Records Department, 706-748-2382

    While schools are closed, how will my child access meal services?

    In accordance with the Georgia Department of Education and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the District will extend alternate meal services for students during the system-wide closure.

    Meals will be available, through a grab-and-go service, to all children enrolled in any K-12 educational setting.

    Student meals will be provided Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at the following school sites:

    • Baker Middle School
    • Carver High School
    • J.D. Davis Elementary School
    • Dawson Elementary School
    • Double Churches Middle School
    • Fox Elementary School
    • Key Elementary School
    • Spencer High School

    Buses will also deliver meals to the following sites, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.:

    • Elizabeth Canty Apartments
    • Chase Homes
    • Eagle Trace Apartments
    • Former 30th Avenue Preschool
    • Jordan High School
    • Kendrick High School (front of school area)
    • Midland Academy
    • Victory Mission
    • Warren Williams Apartments
    • Whisperwood Apartments
    • Wilson Apartments

    During this difficult time, the District’s utmost priority remains the safety and well-being of its students and employees. We ask that all individuals maintain a social distance while waiting in line for their meals. Meals will not be consumed on site.

    My child's school is not listed as a location for meal services. Where should I go?

    Please select the location closet to you. 

    How can I volunteer to help deliver meals to students?

    Please contact our School Nutrition Department:

    Susan Schlader, Director of School Nutrition
    706-748-3219

    Our Mission & Vision

    Our mission is to inspire and equip all students to achieve unlimited potential.

    The MCSD is a beacon of educational excellence where all are known, valued, and inspired.

    Muscogee County School District

    2960 Macon Road | Columbus, GA 31906

    706-748-2000