Students with possible positive tests or exposures
Close contact guidance for students:
Close contacts that occur in classrooms, classroom-like settings, and other situations essential for instruction of K-12 students that allow for universal masking may remain at school during their quarantine and monitor health for symptoms of COVID-19 during the 10 days following the last time they were in close contact with a person with COVID-19. All identified cases and close contacts will be reported to the Department of Public Health. Affected students, staff, and teachers will be notified of direct contact, as is the school districts’ current policy.
Close contacts occurring in the following settings will still require quarantine from all school settings, including in-person attendance in the classroom:
- School activities where masking is either not feasible or is not effective at preventing transmission of COVID-19 such as lunch, band, choir, PE, and sports.
- Household and household-like exposure
- Exposure during out-of-school activities
Under these circumstances students should follow CDC and DPH recommendations and should get tested for COVID-19 at least once during their quarantine period, which is the following:
- If you do not develop symptoms, get tested at least 5 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.
- If you test negative (after 5 days), you can leave your home, but continue to wear a well-fitting mask when around others at home and in public until 10 days after your last close contact with someone with COVID-19.
- If you test positive, you should isolate for at least 5 days from the date of your positive test (if you do not have symptoms). If you do develop COVID-19 symptoms, isolate for at least 5 days from the date your symptoms began (the date the symptoms started is day 0). Contact school administration.
- If you are unable to get a test 5 days after last close contact with someone with COVID-19, you can leave your home after day 5 if you have been without COVID-19 symptoms throughout the 5-day period. Wear a well-fitting mask for 10 days after your date of last close contact when around others at home and in public.
Students who test positive:
Students may return to school when the following criteria are met: at least 24 hours have passed since recovery (recovery is defined as no fever without use of fever-reducing medications and an improvement in symptoms), AND it has been at least five days since your child’s symptoms first appeared. If a student is asymptomatic and tested positive, student may return when five days have passed since the positive test.
District COVID-19 active school-based cases
Week ending 1/21/22
|Total enrolled students||
|In-person student positive cases|| 206
Students quarantined/isolated and/or direct contacts (as of 10/27/21 updated guidance and 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).
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
- 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
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
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 9, 2021: All 3rd grade to 12th grade students start
Will the school day be extended?
I am having issues with the online registration portal. Who do I contact?
706-748-2219, 706-748-2222, 706-748-2223
Is it possible that schools could close this year?
If schools close, is the District prepared for virtual instruction?
Will spectators be allowed at sporting events?
Will students receive Section 504 accommodations in a virtual learning environment?
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?
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?
My child uses assistive technology per his/her IEP. Will teachers be trained in how to assign compatible work?
How do we obtain comp/special services for the time we lost in special services?
My child has a pre-existing condition. Can I choose the virtual option?
What precautions will the District take for in-person instruction to prevent the spread of COVID-19 illness?
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?
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?
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?
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?
Our Mission & Vision
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The MCSD is a beacon of educational excellence where all are known, valued, and inspired.
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2960 Macon Road | Columbus, GA 31906