Student Daily Health Assessment
Immediate self-reporting of COVID-19 exposures or positive tests is critical to help the District assess and respond to risks and exposures across the district. COVID-19 carriers can be asymptomatic. Starting October 26, 2020, students/parents are strongly encouraged to complete the Daily Health Assessment prior to arriving to school.
The Daily Health Assessment tool is a web-based symptoms tracker tool meant to help us better track and mitigate risks related to COVID-19. It is powered by Qualtrics—a third party vendor. This platform was purchased utilizing CARE Act funding and will be used to provide support for COVID-19 pandemic response efforts.
- Each parent will receive a notification via email each day, starting at 5:00 a.m., prompting them to complete the assessment prior to or upon arrival to the student’s assigned District site.
- The District will use the email address currently in Infinite Campus as provided to your student’s assigned school. Please check/update your email address to ensure you receive the Daily Health Assessment email notifications.
- The assessment will also be available online and via QR Code (see “How to access the Daily Health Assessment tool: parents/students”)
- Important: All District employees are required to complete the Daily Health Assessment prior to the start of their work day starting October 26, 2020. Participation in the Daily Health Assessment is optional for students, but highly recommended to help us continue efforts to prevent the spread of illness in accordance with CDC guidelines.
How to access the Student Daily Health Assessment tool
- If a student/parent does not have internet or email access, he/she can access the Daily Health Assessment using the QR Code below with a smartphone camera.
- View QR code instructions
- Note: Some phones may require you to download a QR Code Scanner from your phone an app store.
Introduction to the Daily Health Assessment Overview sessions (replay)
Students with possible positive tests or exposures
Parents with a student/students who may have tested positive or been exposed to someone who tested positive must report this to their principal and Tracy Fox, Director of Risk Management, or Jeannie Polhamus, Lead School Nurse at firstname.lastname@example.org
District COVID-19 active school-based cases
Week of: November 9-13, 2020
Total enrolled students
Total in-person students
In-person student positive cases*
In-person student self-quarantine or isolation cases**
Total school-based employees
School-based employee positive cases***
School-based employee self-quarantine or isolation cases****
The data points were updated to further align the District report to the Georgia Department of Public Health’s report, which exclusively reports school-based site information.
*Accounts for in-person students reported with active COVID-19 positive cases during the specified week
** Accounts for the total in-person students reported with self-quarantine/isolation cases, considering quarantine periods of 14 days which could overlap with District reporting weeks
***Accounts for school-based employees reported with active COVID-19 positive cases during the specified week
****Accounts for the total school-based employees reported with self-quarantine/isolation cases, considering quarantine periods of 14 days which could overlap with District reporting weeks
Totals within each data set reflect active cases reported to the District within the specified week of each report with the exception of self-quarantine or isolation cases, which could overlap with the weekly District report due to the mandated 14-day quarantine or isolation period.
All active cases are monitored in coordination with the Department of Public Health to prevent the spread of illness. The District will continue to monitor data regarding COVID-19 within our local community, under the advisement of our public health agencies.
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.
As a public school system, the Muscogee County School District is required to monitor student attendance in accordance with all applicable statutes and State Board of Education rules.
- Attendance for virtual students will be taken daily.
- Virtual students must attend class daily in accordance with the Muscogee County School District calendar.
- Students fulfill attendance requirements when they log in to live Zoom instruction daily during the designated window.
- Elementary schools: attendance is taken by teacher of record at the beginning of the school day (8:00 a.m.) during Increased Learning Time (ILT).
- Secondary (middle and high) schools: attendance is taken by teacher of record at the beginning of school day during ILT and subsequent class periods.
- Schools and families will be provided guidance to ensure accessibility and flexibility for absence recovery through assignment completion.
- Social workers, deans, and counselors will work with families to address barriers.
Virtual instruction meal service delivery
August 17-September 9, 2020 (tentative)
- WHEN: Each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday | 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
- WHERE: District school sites
- Parents/guardians can pick up meals for students (students do not have to be present)
- Meal prices remain the same as last year
- Meal service will be adjusted when we move to the choice model
- Free and reduced meal applications are available HERE, at your student’s assigned school, and the Public Education Center
Meal Storage Instructions
All foods requiring refrigeration need to be kept at a temperature of 41°F or below. Shelf-stable items should be stored at a temperature of 85°F or below. Keep all hot food at a temperature of at least 135°.
Menu items are subject to change and may vary by location.
Allergy Information: If you will not be picking meals up from your home school, please communicate any allergy information with your pick up location. For more information, you may contact the School Nutrition Central Office at 706-748-2386.
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:
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:
- Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
- Fax: (202) 690-7442; or
- Email: email@example.com.
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
- Stay home if you/your student(s) are displaying any signs or symptoms of illness.
- If your student tests positive for COVID-19, do not send him/her to school until the following criteria is met:
- At least 10 days have passed since the student first displayed symptoms AND
- The student has had no fever without fever reducing medicines (e.g. Tylenol, Advil, etc.) for 48 hours AND
- The student is no longer displaying symptoms
- If someone in your household has been diagnosed with COVID-19, or your child is exposed to someone who has COVID-19, do not send him/her to school until 14 days after their last exposure to the person with COVID-19 (note: The CDC defines exposure as being within six feet for a total of 15 minutes or more with someone who has COVID-19).
- Wear face masks or coverings at all District sites.
- Observe District social distancing guidelines upon entry.
- Avoid direct contact with District staff and other guests.
- Wash or sanitize hands before entering the building, before meals, after bathroom breaks, after sneezing/coughing, and frequently throughout the instructional day.
- Avoid sharing personal items such as pens, pencils, devices, etc. to prevent cross-contamination.
Review information from the CDC for further guidance:
Student mental health resources
Provided by the District Mental Health and Wellness Committee in partnership with the Pastoral Institute*
Students can now access pre-recorded videos related to various mental health topics. Each month, the Pastoral Institute will provide grade-level appropriate content focused on subjects such as resiliency, suicide and self-harm prevention, dealing with grief, depression, and self-care.
October topic: suicide awareness
Click here to access the video for students in Grades K-5
Click here to access the video for students in Grades 6-12
*All sessions are free and have been made possible by the Coronavirus Response Fund—a partnership between the United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley and the Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley.
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
- 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.)
- Two proofs of residency with the parents/legal guardians’ full name and address:
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: firstname.lastname@example.org, 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
- General registration:
- Military student registration:
Darlene Register, Register.Darlene@muscogee.k12.ga.us
- Division contacts:
- Angela Vickers-Ward, Chief of Student Services, Vickers.Angela.D@muscogee.k12.ga.us
- Kevin Scott, Director of Student Services, Scott.Kevin.C@muscogee.k12.ga.us
- Sonia Sheehan, Student Services Manager, Sheehan.email@example.com
- Dr. Trikella Nelson, Director of Guidance and Counseling Services, Nelson.firstname.lastname@example.org
Students with disabilities
District Program for Exceptional Students (PES) updates
- View our July 2020 parent letter and contact information sheet
- View our PES fact sheet
State and National Resources
- Click here for the Georgia Department of Education’s guidance on restart and implementation of IDEA
- 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
Technology support plan
Student Learning Devices
All K-12 students will receive Chromebooks/iPads in preparation for the virtual instruction model starting August 17, 2020.
Parent Tech Academy
Visit our resources page HERE to view additional information.
Technology support help line: 706-748-2271
Our community is resilient–we will persevere, and together, we will meet the challenges that attempt to dampen our outlook.
November 13, 2020: District weekly COVID-19 report
November 6, 2020: District weekly COVID-19 report
October 30, 2020: District weekly COVID-19 report
October 23, 2020: District weekly COVID-19 report
October 23, 2020: Important information: Daily Health Assessment
October 16, 2020: Important parent information and reminders
October 16, 2020: District weekly COVID-19 report
October 9, 2020: District weekly COVID-19 report
October 5, 2020: District weekly COVID-19 report updated
September 28, 2020: District weekly active COVID-19 cases
September 24, 2020: Parent reminders: Census 2020, safety, and declaration changes
September 21, 2020: District reports weekly active COVID-19 cases
September 18, 2020: Message from our Superintendent: Census 2020 and Phase Two Re-Opening Reminders
September 11, 2020: Re-opening Phase One Reminders
September 10, 2020: Free meal waiver extended to Muscogee County
September 4, 2020: How to access progress reports
September 1, 2020: District plans to phase in choice model instruction
August 28, 2020: Declaration Changes and Attendance/Withdrawal Guidance
August 21, 2020: Message from our Superintendent: Welcome Back
August 14, 2020- Back to School Reminders and Resources
August 13, 2020- District provides student meals during virtual learning
August 10, 2020- Message from our Superintendent: Back to School 2020
July 22, 2020- Message from our Superintendent: Re-opening plan update
July 14, 2020- Final District Re-opening plan: resources and updates
June 25, 2020- Board of Education special called meeting notice
May 28, 2020-District announces 2020 summer feeding program
May 19, 2020-Virtual Graduation schedule revised
April 28, 2020-District awarded State grant to support digital learning
April 15, 2020-District implements changes to meal service dates
April 10, 2020- Board of Education meetings continue through livestream
April 6, 2020- District enacts additional safety measures
March 26, 2020-District schools extend closure
March 18, 2020-District adds two locations for alternate meal service plan
March 16, 2020- District prepares alternate meal service plan for students
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”).
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
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick, even inside your home. If possible, maintain 6 feet between the person who is sick and other household members.
- Put distance between yourself and other people outside of your home.
- Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread virus.
- Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people.
- Do not gather in groups.
- Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings.
- Keeping distance from others is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
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.
Links and Resources
Internet Service Connection:
Charter – FREE Spectrum Broadband 60 days in service area for all K-12 and college students without subscriptions
Free Wi-Fi hot spots:
Connect with Kids WebSource: Social and emotional learning
MCSD organizational code: inspire
- 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:
School Year 2020-2021 Re-opening
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is the District's plan for School Year 2020-2021?
When will the school year start?
August 17, 2020: All virtual instruction
September 14, 2020: Choice model instruction for grades Pre-K-2, 6, 9, and all specialized/self-contained classes
September 21, 2020: Choice model instruction for all grades
What re-opening option has the District selected?
The District will begin with a delayed start on August 17, 2020 with virtual instruction for all students.
Parents will have the option to choose either in-person or virtual instruction that is provided by MCSD starting September 14, 2020.
Will the school day be extended?
No, we have not planned an extension of the school day.
What is the next step for parents?
Parents should have declared their choice to the District before July 24, 2020 and submitted any changes to their student’s assigned school by September 4, 2020.
I am having issues with the online registration portal. Who do I contact?
The Central Registration Office:
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.
If my student chooses the virtual option for education, can they participate in extra-curricular activities?
Yes, every student who is academically eligible may participate in extra-curricular activities. If a student chooses the virtual option, they will have to provide their own transportation.
Will spectators be allowed at sporting events?
Yes, with limitations. Please review our stadium policy for varsity games per the Athletics Department.
Will students be able to receive academic and/or behavior acceleration, enrichment, and/or intervention in a virtual learning environment?
School staff will work with students and parents to offer opportunities for student improvement to the best extent possible in a virtual learning environment. More details will be provided by district and school staff.
Will students receive Section 504 accommodations in a virtual learning environment?
School staff will work with students and parents to provide accommodations to the best extent possible in a virtual learning environment. More details will be provided by District and school staff.
Section 504 meetings (e.g., initial determinations and annual reviews) may be completed in a video-conferencing platform (i.e., Zoom), by phone, or in-person following CDC and health department guidelines.
What are the details on IEPs and how this works with both options?
Students with disabilities will receive supports and services based on their Individual Education Program (IEP) whether the family chooses the in-person or virtual instructional model. Appropriate instruction will be provided while complying with federal, state, and local requirements.
Supports and services for students with disabilities will include the necessary accommodations and/or modifications while participating in either of the choice models. Instructional delivery will be designed to ensure the implementation of the least restrictive environment (LRE) as required by the student’s IEP. When necessary, virtual meetings will be used to convene special education procedural meetings, such as a local screening committee, reevaluation, eligibility and IEP Team Committee Meetings.
Will meetings such as eligibility, re-evaluation, and IEP teams be held if I choose virtual?
Selection of the virtual model under the choice model does not automatically mandate an IEP meeting take place; however need for an IEP meeting is based on several factors and will be determined on a case by case basis. Your student’s IEP team will reach out to you if they feel a meeting is needed. If you have any questions about whether your child needs to meet or if you believe an IEP meeting would be beneficial please reach out to your case manager to schedule as soon as possible.
Will students with disabilities receive instruction from a special education teacher?
Instructional provider(s) will be aligned with the IEP as indicated in the service grid.
If a special needs student chooses virtual learning, how will the IEP services be met (Barton, OT, PT, Speech Therapy)?
The service model for some services may look different for the virtual model versus in-person model (OT, PT, Speech, Barton Reading, etc.). However, the services will be designed to meet what is designated in the current IEP. Parents/team members will have the opportunity to ask any questions/voice any concerns via an IEP Amendment Meeting if necessary. Some services may look similar (e.g. speech), in terms of presentation and activities by the speech therapist (via Zoom or other approved platform).
There may be some need for discussion for IEP Services such as OT/PT per the following example:
Student will engage in a reciprocal back and forth motor activity (roll and catch a ball with the therapist for at least three consecutive opportunities). In this example, this would not be able to be completed virtually with the therapist, it would require a parent/caregiver or other identified person to be the second person rolling and catching the ball with the child. The virtual therapist would be “guiding” the activity by zoom (or another approved platform), coaching the adult and commenting to the child, collecting data based on what she is viewing. If a parent was to identify the virtual model as their choice model, the IEP Team to include the parent or guardian will discuss the IEP implementation of related services.
My child uses assistive technology per his/her IEP. Will teachers be trained in how to assign compatible work?
Yes. IEPs will be reviewed once parents have indicated their choice model and teachers/supports will be assigned based on the needs identified in the student’s IEP (to include Assistive Technology as it relates to a virtual model).
How do we obtain comp/special services for the time we lost in special services?
The Muscogee County School District Program for Exceptional Students will follow the pending guidance from the Georgia Department of Education. The IEP will need to review data and make individual determination. It may be helpful to address students with disabilities within the larger context of remediation needs to address loss of skills for students with and without disabilities.
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
Why are we not following CDC social distancing guidelines like Fulton and Gwinnett counties? The desks in those counties' schools will be six feet apart. No literature from the CDC says that 3 feet is sufficient for social distancing.
We adhering to the latest guidance from our local public health agencies and medical community, and the American Academy of Pediatrics which reference that the wearing of masks reduce the need of six feet of social distancing to three feet. (see excerpt below form the AAP guidance). The districts you mentioned are not requiring face coverings.
Face Coverings and PPE
Cloth face coverings protect others if the wearer is infected with SARS CoV-2 and is not aware. Cloth masks may offer some level of protection for the wearer. Evidence continues to mount on the importance of universal face coverings in interrupting the spread of SARS-CoV-2. Although ideal, universal face covering use is not always possible in the school setting for many reasons. Some students, or staff, may be unable to safely wear a cloth face covering because of certain medical conditions (eg, developmental, respiratory, tactile aversion, or other conditions) or may be uncomfortable, making the consistent use of cloth face coverings throughout the day challenging. For individuals who have difficulty with wearing a cloth face covering and it is not medically contraindicated to wear a face covering, behavior techniques and social skills stories(see resource section)can be used to assist in adapting to wearing a face covering. When developing policy regarding the use of cloth face coverings by students or school staff, school districts and health advisors should consider whether the use of cloth face coverings is developmentally appropriate and feasible and whether the policy can be instituted safely. If not developmentally feasible, which may be the case for younger students, and cannot be done safely (eg, the face covering makes wearers touch their face more than they otherwise would), schools may choose to not require their use when physical distancing measures can be effectively implemented. School staff and older students (middle or high school) may be able to wear cloth face coverings safely and consistently and should be encouraged to do so. Children under 2 years and anyone who has trouble breathing or is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove a face covering without assistance should not wear cloth face coverings.
Physical Distancing Measures
Physical distancing, sometimes referred to as social distancing, is simply the act of keeping people separated with the goal of limiting spread of contagion between individuals. It is fundamental to lowering the risk of spread of SARS-CoV-2, as the primary mode of transmission is through respiratory droplets by persons in close proximity. There is a conflict between optimal academic and social/emotional learning in schools and strict adherence to current physical distancing guidelines. For example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that schools “space seating/desks at least 6 feet apart when feasible.” In many school settings, 6 feet between students is not feasible without limiting the number of students. Evidence suggests that spacing as close as 3 feet may approach the benefits of 6 feet of space, particularly if students are wearing face coverings and are asymptomatic.
In addition, the document goes on to list recommended “Higher-Priority Strategies” by age groups “to optimize the return of students to schools in the context of physical distancing guidelines and the developmentally appropriate implementation of the strategies.” Face coverings appear first under the higher-priority strategies in pre-K, elementary and secondary schools.
If a child/teacher in the classroom tests positive for COVID-19 does the whole classroom quarantine?
The primary concern will appropriately remain with those affected but the Muscogee County School District remains equally focused on safety and protection of the staff, students, and visitors that might have had contact with those diagnosed.
After learning that there has been a positive diagnosis of COVID-19, Muscogee County School District will act quickly to identify all parties potentially exposed during the infectious period and take appropriate action to avoid further exposure.
Contact exposures with those diagnosed with COVID-19 will be investigated in collaboration with the Department of Public Health, local authorities, and Muscogee County School District Pandemic Response Team.
The following considerations will be measured prior to notification to those potentially exposed.
The factors of primary focus will include, but not be limited to:
• The last day the individual diagnosed with COVID-19 was in contact with those potentially exposed.
• The duration of the contact between the individual diagnosed and those potentially exposed.
• The approximate distance between the individual diagnosed and those potentially exposed.
• The date for which the individual diagnosed began experiencing symptoms.
• Any and all further questioning as advised by the Muscogee County School District Pandemic Response Team and collaborators.
A COVID-19 outbreak in a school setting will be defined per the Georgia Department of Public Health as:
“Two or more laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases among students and/or staff with illness onset within a 14-day period, who are epidemiologically linked (e.g., have a common exposure or have been in contact with each other), do not share a household, and were not identified as close contacts of each other in another setting during standard case investigation or contact tracing.”
If a child is quarantined how will they complete missing work?
Will the District provide face masks for students who do not have them?
My child has special needs.Will he/she be required to wear a face covering?
What happens if a child does not keep mask on? Will there be disciplinary action?
If a mask is lost, dirty, contaminated, how will the child be able to obtain a new one?
What will the classroom setup look like to consider social distancing?
Will students who choose "in-person" have transportation options?
What safety precautions will you take for bus transportation?
Will specialized transportation still be provided for students with special needs?
Will students receive meals during the school day?
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 American Academy of Pediatrician’s recommendations, with consideration to the use of face masks/coverings.
What protections will the District provide for teachers and school-based employees?
Will cleaning supplies be provided for cleaning classrooms and common areas?
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 system-wide closures or virtual learning models.
Meals will be available, through a grab-and-go service, to all children enrolled in any K-12 educational setting. See the “Meal Services” tab to access the latest updates.
How can I volunteer to help deliver meals to students?
Please contact our School Nutrition Department:
Susan Schlader, Director of School Nutrition
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