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Georgia Department of Public Health COVID-19 Hotline: 

1-844- 442-2681

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

If you, or your children, have recently traveled to areas where there are ongoing outbreaks of COVID-19 and develop fever with cough and shortness of breath within 14 days of your travel, or if you have had contact with someone who is suspected to have COVID-19, the CDC recommends that you and/your children stay home and call your health care provider.

Be sure to call before going to a doctor’s office, emergency room, or urgent care center and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms. Your healthcare provider can order diagnostic tests. Physicians have been asked to call 866-PUB-HLTH (866-782-4584), to assess patient need for COVID-19 testing.

The CDC recommends individuals and families follow everyday preventive measures to prevent the spread of illness:

  • Clean 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

  • Stay home if you’re sick

  • Cover coughs and sneezes

    • 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.
  • Wear a facemask if you are sick

    • If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
    • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
  • 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.

 

NEW! Cancellations and postponements

School and business operations

The Muscogee County School District has extended school and site closures through the remainder of the school year in accordance with Governor Kemp’s Executive Order issued April 1, 2020. Instruction and meal services will continue to be delivered.

Learn more HERE.

The student packet pick up scheduled for April 7 and April 8, 2020 has been postponed. Learn more HERE.

Access to school playgrounds

In accordance with Mayor Henderson’s change to the First Amendment of the issued local emergency, all access to District playgrounds and recreational equipment will be restricted, effective 6:00 p.m., March 27..

Learn more HERE.

Athletics and extracurricular activities

The Muscogee County School District, as recommended by the Georgia High School Association, is suspending all athletic and extracurricular events, including practices, plays, musical productions, games, etc.,  through the remainder of this year This includes all weekday and weekend activities. 

During this time of suspended athletic activities, there will be no practices, team conditioning, or competitions held.  In addition, gyms, weight rooms, athletic facilities, and athletic fields will be closed after school to all activities.  This suspension of activities will go into effect Friday, March 13.  

As we receive further information, we will provide you with updates as timely as possible. Please direct your questions or concerns to your school’s Athletic Director and/or the District Department of Athletics, 706-748-2595.

E-SPLOST 2020 Referendum

The Georgia Presidential Primary has been postponed to May 19, 2020. All remaining community tours and presentations will be rescheduled.

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration will be postponed until further notice. 

Student events and travel

All school-sponsored and/or District-sponsored travel, including field trips, is cancelled through the remainder of the school year.  

Resources:

U.S. Department of State 

 

NEW! Testing

Georgia Department of Education 

Following an announcement from the U.S. Department of Education inviting states to request waivers from federal assessment requirements, State School Superintendent Richard Woods affirmed that the Georgia Department of Education will immediately apply for a waiver from assessment requirements in 2020.

Educators, parents, and students can expect that no state testing – to include Georgia Milestones, GAA 2.0, and GKIDS – will be administered in Georgia this year.

On March 16, Superintendent Woods suspended the state assessment window along with teacher and leader evaluation requirements and state-level, attendance-related consequences.

At the State Board of Education’s called meeting on March 23, Superintendent Woods will recommend a package of waivers for school districts, including suspension of the 20% course grade requirement for the Georgia Milestones EOC.

Advanced Placement (AP)

  • According to College Board, this year’s AP Exams will not include questions from the final units of the course, which are typically covered in March and April.
  • Streamlined exams will take no longer than an hour and will be accessible from on a mobile device.
  • By April 3, College Board will publish the full exam schedule including the specific free-response question types that will comprise each AP Exam.
  • The exams will be “open book.”
  • Any student already registered for an exam can choose to cancel at no charge.

For detailed guidance from College Board click here.

SAT/ACT

  • SAT/ACT testing has been suspended for the remainder of the school year.
  • The University System of Georgia will be waiving SAT/ACT entrance requirements for admissions. 
  • Prospective students applying for admission in fall 2020 will not be required to submit an ACT or SAT score.
  • A student who has scores is still free to submit them, and an institution should feel free to utilize those scores to decide admission in the established way.

  • Prospective first year students must meet all other admission requirements, including satisfactory completion of the required High School Curriculum and all other requested documentation. 

  • In the absence of ACT/SAT scores, institutions will make admissions eligibility decisions based on the materials that the student has submitted, utilizing a GPA threshold that is at least the following sector minimum rather than the usual Freshman Index (FI) criteria.

 

UPDATES! 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: Monday-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.

Student Attendance

If students are sick, parents/legal guardians should keep them home. Students should remain at home if they have fever, dry persistent cough and shortness of breath. Students who provide documentation from their healthcare provider advising them to refrain from attending school due to COVID-19 will be accommodated in accordance with the District’s Board Policies and Student Handbook and Code of Conduct. Families of these students should coordinate with their school’s administration for additional guidance. 

Students will not be penalized for absences in the event that parents choose to keep them at home during this time.

Policies and resources:

Board Policy JB

Board Policy GANA

Student Handbook and Code of Conduct (page 20): Student Health-“Serious Infectious Illness”

Links and Resources
COVID-19 HOTLINE: 1-844-442-2681
Georgia Crisis and Access Line (GCAL): 1-800-715-4225

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:

Chattahoochee Valley Libraries

Connect with Kids WebSource: Social and emotional learning

MCSD organizational code: inspire

Get Georgia Reading

GPB Education

New! 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

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the District's plan in response of this illness?

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 plan was presented to our Board of Education March 9, 2020. To access the the corresponding presentation and video footage, please visit the links below.

Resources:

COVID-19 Pandemic Planning presentation

Board of Education Work Session video (starts at 37:50)

How can I protect my child from the spread of illness while in school?

Follow the recommendations as outlined by the CDC and public health agencies (see “recommended actions” tab on this site):

  • Keep children who are sick at home. Don’t send them to school. 
  • Teach your children to wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Be sure to set a good example by doing this yourself. 
  • Teach your children to cover their coughs and sneezes with tissues, discard used tissues, and immediately wash their hands after coughing or sneezing.
  • Teach your children to stay at least three feet away from people who are sick.
Will District schools close?

The District has enacted a closure effective March 16-April 5, 2020.

UPDATED: school closures have been extended through  the remainder of the school year in accordance with Governor Kemp’s Executive Order declared April 1, 2020. Learn more HERE.

If schools close, how will my child continue learning?

As part of the District’s COVID-19 pandemic planning,  schools will enact an emergency student learning continuity plan as advised by the Georgia Department of Education in the instances of closure or extended student absence related to COVID-19.  Students with access to the internet at home will be provided digital resources. Students without access to the internet will receive printed items. Specific instructions will be outlined per school.

Some schools will allow students to take home Chromebooks, chargers, and cases to continue learning in the event of a District closure. The student must be able to connect the Chromebook to the internet at home to use it.  

Students must bring back the Chromebook, charger and case to school each day that school is in session. All three items (Chromebook, charger, and case) must be returned in good working condition each day that school is in session. 

My child was provided a Chromebook. Where and how should they access homework and assignments?

Many teachers have posted work modules on Canvas that can be accessed from home using any internet connected computer at this link https://mcsd.instructure.com.   

Please be reminded of the care of the device as outlined in the Chromebook Device Care Guidelines and Procedures. Proper care and handling is essential in order for the device to be a resource to your students learning.  A link to the Chromebook Device Care Guidelines & Procedures can be found at http://sites.muscogee.k12.ga.us/sldp/device-care-guidelines/.

What if my child has issues with his/her Chromebook?

Parents and students can access the Technology Call Center at 762-266-9752 for technical support, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday – Friday.

I do not have internet access at home for my child. How will he/she receive help?

Teachers will observe office hours each day, Monday-Friday: 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. Questions can be received by phone, remind, dojo, etc. If you cannot reach your child’s teacher, please contact your school. The administrators, secretaries, and clerks are on site 8:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Some internet service providers in our area our offering free subscriptions or free Wi-Fi hot spot access:

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/

How should my student submit his/her work?

Printed packets: students will return completed items to the school after the closure has ended.

Digital packets: students will submit based on the instructions posted by their teachers in Canvas.

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 each day, 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

While schools are closed, will there be testing conducted?

Official grades will not be entered during this time.  State School Superintendent Richard Woods is suspending the following until further notice:

  • ​State assessment window/administration (including Georgia Milestones EOGs and EOCs, the Georgia Alternate Assessment/GAA 2.0, and all other required testing
  • Teacher and leader evaluation (TKES/LKES) requirements and reporting
  • State-level attendance-related consequences (including CCRPI, TKES/LKES, School Climate Star Rating, and make-up day requirements)

At the State Board of Education meeting on March 27 (which will be conducted via teleconference), Superintendent Woods will recommend the approval of a package of waivers, including suspension of the 20% course grade requirement for the Georgia Milestones EOC.

The Georgia Department of Education will seek the maximum authority and waivers afforded by the U.S. Department of Education and other federal agencies to accommodate this ever-evolving situation. Click here for the most recent guidance from the U.S. Department of Education regarding assessment and accountability during the COVID-19 outbreak.

How are you handling student field trips?

All field trips and school-sponsored travel have been cancelled through the remainder of the school year.  

Our Mission

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

Our Vision

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