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 school principal and Tracy Fox, Director of Risk Management, or Jeannie Polhamus, Lead School Nurse at email@example.com
District COVID-19 active school-based cases
Week ending 9/24/21
|Total enrolled students||
|In-person student positive cases|| 72
|Student self-quarantine or isolation cases
(cumulative of last 14 days)
|Total school-based employees||
|School-based employee positive cases||
|School-based employee self-quarantine or isolation cases (cumulative of last 14 days)||
* Percent of total student population
** Percent of total school-based employees
***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 isolated; with the weekly District report due to the quarantine or isolation period endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
2021 Winter Sports
Athletic Event – Spectator Guidelines
- Each team is allowed to have 2 spectators (guests) for every player on the roster.
- There is a 30 spectator limit per team.
- Each school sets the method of counting player guests.
- The spectators must still purchase a ticket at the gate for the game.
- Spectators who are not guests of the team will not be allowed entry into the gym.
- Muscogee County Employee passes do not allow entrance unless it is as a guest of a player.
- If you cannot attend the event, contact your school to get their streaming information for the events.
- All spectators must wear a mask throughout their visit to the gym.
- If you cannot wear your mask, you will be asked to leave.
- All spectators must have their temperature taken upon arrival at the gym.
- Spectators are expected to social distance in the stands during the competition.
- For basketball games, spectators are asked to leave the gym after their player’s game has been completed.
- For wrestling matches, spectators are asked to leave the gym after their player’s matches for the day are completed.
- Spectators are not currently allowed to attend any swim meets hosted in Muscogee County.
For more information, please contact the Office of Athletics at 706.748.2595 or Email Battles.Jeffrey.W@muscogee.k12.ga.us.
Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC)
All HVAC equipment is engineered and monitored to follow the standards set forth by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE):
- MERV 9 air filters with antimicrobial technology are used and changed every eight weeks.
- The air in a room is replaced five to six times per hour.
- 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:
- Elementary: 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
- Middle: 8:50 a.m. – 3:50 p.m.
- High: 8:10 a.m. – 3:25 p.m.
Further details are included in the links below:
Student mental health resources
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.
Students with disabilities
District Program for Exceptional Students (PES) updates
- 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
PreK-12 students will be assigned Chromebooks/Chrome tablets in preparation for instruction use in the 2021-2022 school year.
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.
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:
When will the school year start?
August 6, 2021: All Pre-K to 2nd grade students start
August 9, 2021: All 3rd grade to 12th grade students start
Will the school day be extended?
No, we have not planned an extension of the school day.
I am having issues with the online registration portal. Who do I contact?
The Central Registration Office:
706-748-2219, 706-748-2222, 706-748-2223
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.
Will spectators be allowed at sporting events?
Yes, with limitations. Please contact your school for specific guidance.
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 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.
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?
We would encourage you to see if our Hospital Homebound services are appropriate for your student. It can be found here: https://www.muscogee.k12.ga.us/CMS/File/e15e01d5-474c-4710-883a-1eebf1fb942d
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 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?
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?
Yes, on occasion if the mask is lost, becomes contaminated, or breaks while on site. However, it is the responsibility of each parent to provide students with masks.
My child has special needs.Will he/she be required to wear a face covering?
Special considerations will be given to students with exceptionalities, such as hearing impaired, ESOL, speech and language. Parents with students who have disabilities should collaborate with the student’s IEP and 504 team.
What happens if a child does not keep mask on? Will there be disciplinary action?
We will collaborate with the parents on acceptable and appropriate solutions.
If a mask is lost, dirty, contaminated, how will the child be able to obtain a new one?
We will hold a discretionary number of masks in our clinics for instances where students lose or experience damage to a mask during the day.
What will the classroom setup look like to consider social distancing?
Distancing practices will be implemented based upon each school community’s needs.
What safety precautions will you take for bus transportation?
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 specialized transportation still be provided for students with special needs?
Yes. Specialized transportation will be provided per the student’s IEP.
Will students receive meals during the school day?
Yes. Students will receive meals on site.
How will students socially distance during the day?
The proper distancing will depend upon the school community, its size, and number of students.
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?
All employees will be required to wear face masks/coverings. All reception areas will be equipped with sneeze guards to minimize contact.
Will cleaning supplies be provided for cleaning classrooms and common areas?
Yes, we will provide cleaning supplies to each school. We will also provide hand sanitizer for students and staff.
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