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Letter from Superintendent Announcing Fall 2020 Reopening Plans (6/1/2020)
Dear Greene County Families,
With the conclusion of the 2019-2020 school year, planning for 2020-2021 is already underway. August will be here before we know it, and our top priority as we prepare for Greene County’s return to school is the health and safety of our students and staff.
As we make decisions regarding the new school year, I am in regular contact with the Greene County Health Department, Georgia Department of Public Health, the Georgia Department of Education, and my fellow superintendents in surrounding school districts to ensure that my decisions are aligned with best practice. We have also brought the best minds in the district together in our Return to School Task Force. This group of district and school leaders’ mission is to discover and plan for the safest way to begin the 2020-21 school year.
If possible, we hope for a traditional start to the new year where we welcome our students back to our school buildings for in-person classes. If we cannot safely hold traditional school due to the spread of COVID-19 in Greene County at that time, it may be necessary to employ distance learning once again. Our task force is developing multiple plans of action to ensure we are prepared either way. We miss our students and want to teach them face-to-face, but we will not compromise their health and safety to do so.
This morning, the Georgia Department of Education and the Georgia Department of Public Health released a document entitled Georgia’s Path to Recovery for K-12 Schools. This plan provides guidance regarding reopening school this fall. If you wish to view the document in its entirety, please visit www.georgiainsights.com/recovery. The guidance is based upon the following community-specific levels of COVID-19: substantial spread, minimal/moderate spread, and low/no spread. The level at which Greene County would be placed is determined by state and local health officials. Within each level of community spread, this plan makes recommendations regarding the following:
- Preventing infection
- Transporting students
- Entering school buildings
- Serving meals
- Transitioning between classes
- Conducting large group gatherings
- Supporting teaching and learning
- Protecting vulnerable populations
The state and local health departments have not yet notified us what category Greene County will fall within, but based on our district’s individual needs, school will begin this fall with either in-person classes, distance learning, or a hybrid model. We will maintain close communication with local and state health agencies in making decisions regarding reopening school, and our final Return to School Plan will be in accordance with Georgia’s Path to Recovery and any further guidance we receive from the Centers for Disease Control, Greene County Health Department, Georgia Department of Public Health, the Georgia Department of Education, and the governor’s office. Please look for a survey coming soon from our Curriculum & Instruction Department that will ask for your input on our Return to School Plan.
Our goal is still to provide exceptional teaching and learning for all our students, whatever form that may take next school year. Thank you for your support as we continue making preparations for this fall. We look forward to welcoming our students back as soon as we are able.
Dr. Chris Houston, Superintendent
Greene County High School announces plans for Class of 2020 Graduation (5/18/2020)
Greene County High School Principal James Peek announced on Monday, May 18 that official plans for a rescheduled graduation ceremony have been finalized. The members of the Class of 2020 will indeed be able to gather and celebrate the completion of their high school careers!
Two plans have been developed, in accordance with CDC guidelines for COVID-19, to ensure that the appropriate ceremony is executed, based on the current state of health statistics. The graduation ceremony will take place on Saturday, July 25, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. The date and time of the ceremony will not change, regardless of the executed plan.
Pending no drastic increase in the number of new COVID-19 local cases, the ceremony will take place at Tiger Stadium. Graduates will be allowed a very limited number of guests; however, the ceremony will be streamed live. All in attendance, including staff, students and guests will exercise mandated precautions, including social distancing, temperature readings and the use of face masks.
In the event that a drastic increase in the number of new COVID-19 local cases occurs, we will move to the alternate plan of a mobile graduation ceremony, which will take place at the front entrance of Greene County High School. Attendees will be limited to staff and students; however, the ceremony will be streamed live. As with the original plan, those in attendance will exercise mandated precautions.
While this is not the ideal way we would hope to celebrate the accomplishments of our students, it is certainly the safest way. Our goal is to not enter the 2020-2021 school term without properly sending off our Class of 2020 graduates.
Seniors and parents will receive more detailed information in the coming weeks. Student email, GCHS and GCSS social media, printed media and automated phone calls will be utilized as our platforms of communication. Please join us in our efforts to ensure that this milestone is recognized joyously and responsibly!
Why the last few weeks matter (4/24/2020)
Parents, we are so grateful for your partnership and the active role that you are taking in your child's education. We realize that distance learning has been new and, in some cases, very challenging.
Last week, we released an End-of-Year-Grading Quick Guide that stated we would not penalize students for circumstances beyond their control during these Digital/Distance Learning Days. However, this does not mean that these last few weeks of the school year do not matter or will not have an impact on your child’s education. On the contrary, these last few weeks of the school year are critical to setting your student up for success next school year and beyond.
Parents, please continue to support us by encouraging your student to participate enthusiastically in distance learning, whether they are attending class virtually online or completing assignments via printed packets, until the end of the school year on May 22.
Here's 3 reasons why the last few weeks matter:
- Traditional teaching and learning, as well as both state and local testing, will resume again next school year. These last few weeks are crucial to preparing our students for moving forward in the fall. It is important for students to continue to work through the end of the year, so that they do not fall behind their grade level.
- All of the subjects our students learn this year, including the content studied online and through packets in March, April, and May of this year, will serve as an important foundation that their classes next year will continue to build on. The last few weeks of each school year are an especially key time for reviewing and cementing in students’ minds the concepts they have been learning all year.
- Participation grades do still have an impact on a student’s final class grade. All students have the opportunity to improve their grade by remaining engaged throughout these last few weeks of distance learning.
District releases adjusted end-of-year grading guide for 2020 (4/14/2020)
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GCSS leadership has carefully considered implications for this year’s end-of-year grading as we prepare to head into the last month of the school year. We want to ensure that our policy decisions are in the best interest of children, not penalizing them for circumstances beyond their control. Therefore, we have developed a new grading guide for this year, adjusted to account for the impact of the distance/digital learning days we have implemented due to physical school closures as a result of COVID-19.
For example, students submitting assignments after the assigned due date may not be penalized for this, as these students may have experienced complications with turning in the assignment that were beyond their control. Parents, please take a moment to review the following Quick Guide to our 2020 grading policy. If you have any specific questions regarding grades or promotion & retention, please contact your child's principal.
To download the grading guide as a PDF, please click here.
All Georgia public schools to remain closed for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year (4/1/2020)
Dear GCSS Families,
Today, Governor Brian Kemp announced an Executive Order that all Georgia public schools will remain closed for in-person instruction for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Although it is difficult to process that Greene County Schools will be closed for the rest of this school year, this statewide closing is crucial to controlling the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Distance learning will continue when we return from Spring Break on Monday, April 6th. More information and guidance will be provided at that time. Please stay safe and healthy, everyone.
Dr. Chris Houston, Superintendent
Schools will be closed for in-person instruction for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year (4/1/2020)
- Per Governor Brian Kemp's April 1st executive order extending the closure of public schools statewide, Greene County Schools will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.
- The Nutrition Department is offering a limited nutrition program via meal delivery to locations throughout the County. Click here to learn more.
- Internet access is available throughout the area to assist students in completing online work. Click here to find out how to find free wifi in Greene County.
- Per Governor Brian Kemp's April 1st executive order extending the closure of public schools statewide, Greene County Schools will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.
Statewide school closure extended through April 24th (3/26/2020)
Per Governor Kemp’s recently updated Executive Order, the Greene County School System will remain closed and continue to utilize digital and distance learning through April 24th. As previously stated, Spring Break will be observed as planned March 30th - April 3rd. We hope to be back to face-to-face school on Monday, April 27th if this order is not extended further. We will release more detailed information soon!
In the meantime:
- Students, make sure to keep up with your schoolwork these last couple of days before we head into Spring Break next week!
- Parents, as always, if you have any questions or need help troubleshooting any problems with the distance learning process, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or principal.
Athletic fields, including Tiger Stadium, closed until further notice (3/23/20)
In light of the recent news of the first confirmed COVID-19 (coronavirus) case in Greene County, all Greene County School System athletic fields, including Tiger Stadium, will be closed until further notice. We encourage everyone to practice the social distancing guidelines recommended by the CDC, such as: staying home as much as possible, avoiding large crowds, staying a minimum of 6 feet away from other people, and as always, washing your hands frequently. If you or a family member comes down with a fever, please immediately contact the your healthcare provider or the Greene County Health Department (706-453-7561).
A la luz de las recientes noticias del primer caso confirmado de COVID-19 en el condado de Greene, todos los campos deportivos de Greene County Schools, incluido el estadio de fútbol, Tiger Stadium, estarán cerrados hasta nuevo aviso. Animamos a todos a practicar las pautas de distanciamiento social recomendadas por los CDC, como permanecer en casa tanto como sea posible, evitar grandes multitudes, mantenerse un mínimo de 6 pies de distancia de otras personas y, como siempre, lavarse las manos con frecuencia. Si usted o un miembro de su familia tiene fiebre, por favor comuníquese inmediatamente con su proveedor de servicio médico o con el Departamento de Salud del Condado de Greene (706-453-7561).
Letter from Superintendent Announcing School Closure (3/15/2020)UPDATED March 13, 2020
A letter from Superintendent Dr. Chris Houston:
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Dear Members of the Greene County School System Community,
The Greene County School System has been closely monitoring coronavirus (COVID-19) with guidance from the CDC, Georgia Department of Public Health, Greene County Health Department, Greene County Emergency Management Agency, and Georgia Department of Education. As the situation has continued to change rapidly, our top priority remains the health and safety of our school community.
Yesterday afternoon, Governor Brian Kemp issued a “call to action” and asked school leaders to consider closing for two weeks to limit the spread of this virus. While there are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Greene County, in the greater interest of public health, GCSS will close for two weeks beginning Monday, March 16. Monday, March 30th marks the beginning of GCSS Spring Break. Spring Break will be observed as planned due to consideration for those who have already made travel plans. This is a rapidly-evolving situation, so we will re-evaluate periodically throughout this closure and keep you apprised of any changes.
During the next two weeks, teaching and learning will continue. Your child(ren)’s teachers and principals will be sending out information regarding digital and distance learning in the near future. The primary point of contact regarding lessons and assignments will be your child’s teacher.
Unless otherwise notified, students should plan to return to school on Monday, April 6th.
Beginning Friday, March 13th, there will be no extracurricular activities, sports, school events, or field trips. And all athletic events are suspended until further notice. As additional information and guidance is provided, updates will be shared.
Over this period, schools and buses will continue to be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected using COVID-19 approved cleaners. We ask our families to wash backpacks, coats, and jackets as soon as possible as well.
Information about COVID-19 will continue to be posted on our district website at http://bit.do/GCSS-COVID19. Please check our website and social media frequently for updates.
Especially in this uncertain time, we appreciate our community for your continued support. Please take the necessary precautions to keep yourself, your families, and the broader community safe.
Dr. Chris Houston
Greene County School System
Estimados miembros de la comunidad del Sistema escolar de Greene,
El Sistema escolar del condado de Greene County ha estado monitoreando el coronavirus (COVID-19) con la guía de CDC, el Departamento de Salud de Georgia, la agencia de Manejo de emergencias del condado de Greene y el departamento de Educación de Georgia. A medida que la situación ha seguido cambiando rápidamente, nuestra principal prioridad sigue siendo la salud y la seguridad de nuestra comunidad escolar.
Ayer por la tarde, el gobernado Brian Kemp emitió un “llamado a la acción” y pidió a los líderes escolares que consideraran cerrar por dos semanas para limitar la propagación de este virus. Si bien actualmente no hay casos confirmados de COVID-19 en el condado de Greene, en interés de la salud pública, GCSS cerrara durante dos semanas a partir del lunes 16 de marzo.
El lunes 30 de marzo marca el comienzo de las vacaciones de primavera de GCSS. Las vacaciones de primavera se observarán según lo planeado debido a la consideración de aquellos que ya han hecho planes de viaje. Esta es una situación que evoluciona rápidamente, por lo que la reevaluaremos periódicamente durante este cierre y lo mantendremos informado de cualquier cambio.
Durante las próximas dos semanas, la enseñanza y el aprendizaje continuaran. Los maestros y directores de su (s) hijo (s) enviaran información sobre el aprendizaje digital y a distancia en un futuro próximo. El punto de contacto principal con respecto a las lecciones y tareas será el maestro de su hijo.
A menos que se notifique lo contrario, los estudiantes deberán planear regresar a la escuela el lunes 6 de abril.
A partir del viernes 13 de marzo, no habrá actividades extracurriculares, deportes, eventos escolares o excursiones. Y todos los eventos deportivos se suspenden hasta nuevo aviso. A medida que se proporciona información y orientación adicional, se compartirán las actualizaciones.
Durante este periodo, las escuelas y los autobuses continuaran siendo limpiados y desinfectados a fondo utilizando limpiadores aprobados por COVID-19. También le pedimos a nuestras familias que laven mochilas, abrigos y chaquetas lo antes posible.
La información sobre COVID-19 continuara siendo publica en el sitio web de nuestro distrito en: http://bit.bit.do/GCSS-COVID19. Consulte nuestro sitio web y las redes sociales con frecuencia para obtener actualizaciones.
Especialmente en este incierto, apreciamos a nuestra comunidad por su continuo apoyo. Tome las precauciones necesarias para mantenerse a salvo y a su familia y a la comunidad en general.
Dr. Chris Houston
Superintendente de las Escuelas
GCSS COVID-19 Closure Parent FAQ (Updated 3/15/2020)
UPDATED March 15, 2020 - 1:53 p.m.
GCSS COVID-19 Closure Parent FAQ
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1. Which schools will be closed?
Students at CBJ Preschool, Greene County Primary School, Anita White Carson Middle School, Greene County High School, and P.R.E.P. will not be reporting to school March 16-27th. They will be using online and distance learning during those two weeks. Spring Break will be observed as planned the week of March 30th-April 3rd.
2. Will students have to make up these 2 weeks? Will the days be added to the end of the year?
Since the district is utilizing at-home learning, these will count as instructional days for students and staff. No make-up days are scheduled at present.
3. Will students have access to food?
Yes, the USDA has approved our application to implement a limited nutrition program during this closure. We will soon send out a flyer explaining the meal(s) that will be provided and where the distribution sites will be.
4. What if my child does not have reliable internet access at home?
We recognize that not all households have internet service. There will be work assigned online as well as pencil/paper assignments. The majority of households have access to a cell phone. All of the work may not necessarily be done on the cell phone, but it can be communicated through email. All students have a school email address.
However, the Media Centers at the schools will be open from 9 a.m. to noon on Monday, March 16th and Tuesday, March 17th on a limited basis for students who may not have access to internet at home. No more than 20 students will be allowed access to the Media Centers at one time. Parents must call the student’s school ahead of time to make a Media Center appointment. Transportation to the schools will not be provided.
Additionally, the Greene County Library has stated that students may use their open Wi-Fi from the library’s parking lot, no password needed and no need to leave your vehicle.
5. I do not know my child’s log-in information to be able to access the websites used.
On Friday, March 13th, our primary school students brought home an information sheet with log-in information. If your child misplaces it, or they were absent on Friday, your child’s teacher will have access to that information too. Please do not hesitate to communicate with your child’s teacher to retrieve the log-in information. There will be one log-in through Classlink for most of the websites being used, just visit myclasslink.com/gcss. Older students will know their log-in information. However, teachers will be available to provide it if needed.
6. My child has a question, but I do not want to bother my teacher during their 2 weeks off?
This is not a two-week vacation for students or employees – teachers will just be working at a different location. They can be emailed during regular school hours as can any school employee.
7. How do I obtain my child’s report card?
Report cards will be sent home after schools reopen on April 6th. Parents can also access students’ grades via Parent Portal in Infinite Campus. Teachers will be calling parents to schedule parent-teacher conferences by phone this week.
8. Will the Special Education Department continue to provide services to students with disabilities?
During this time of the Greene County School System's closure, the Special Education Department will continue to provide services to students with disabilities. The classwork will be in the form of digital and paper/pencil assignments. Special Education teachers will continue to support student work via phone, based on the services outlined in your child's Individualized Education Program (IEP). Your child's teacher will be in touch with you to discuss the classwork assignments and to address questions, concerns, or needs that arise during this time. Should you have a concern that requires district-level assistance, please contact the Special Education Department at 706-453-7688.
9. My child has medicine at school that she/he needs; how can I get it?
You may pick up your child’s medicine from the school nurse from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, March 16th and Tuesday, March 17th.
10. When can I pick up my child’s materials/assignments if they were absent on Friday, March 13th or if they forgot something at school?
You may visit the school office from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, March 16th, or Tuesday, March 17th for assistance. After 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17th, there will be no parent access available until the district reopens. The purpose of this closure is to do our part to limit/stop the spread of coronavirus. We are closing our buildings as soon as possible so that our custodial staff can begin a thorough and deep cleaning.
11. My child participates in extracurricular activities/athletics. Will these take place?
No. During this closure, there will be no extracurricular activities, sports, school events, or field trips. And all athletic events are suspended until further notice. Sports teams cannot practice, nor can other teams.
12. Will the graduation date change?
At this time, there are no plans to change the graduation date.
13. Will AP/Milestones/MAP dates be adjusted?
At this point, we are awaiting further guidance regarding testing dates.
14. What is being done to clean schools and buses?
Custodial Services will be conducting a deep and thorough cleaning of all schools and buses using a coronavirus-approved cleaner.
15. Where will I be able to get updated information?
Our district website and social media will have the latest information. The district website will have a link to several online learning platforms.
If you have further questions, please contact your child’s school.
CBJ Preschool – 706-454-1064
Greene County Primary School – 706-486-4117
Anita White Carson Middle School – 706-453-3308
Greene County High School – 706-453-2271
P.R.E.P. Center – 706-454-1121
Lake Oconee Academy – 706-454-1562
GCSS COVID-19 Preguntas frecuentes de padres sobre el cierre de escuelas
15 de marzo de 2020
1. ¿Qué escuelas estarán cerradas?
Los estudiantes de CBJ Preschool, Greene County Primary School, Anita White Carson Middle School, Greene County High School y PREP no se presentarán a la escuela del 16 al 27 de marzo. Utilizarán el aprendizaje por el Internet y a distancia durante esas dos semanas. Vacaciones de primavera se observa como estaba previsto la semana del 30 de marzo al 3 de abril.
2. ¿Tendrán que recuperar los estudiantes estas 2 semanas? ¿Se agregarán los días al final del año escolar?
Porque el distrito está utilizando el aprendizaje en el hogar, estos contarán como días de instrucción para los estudiantes y el personal. No hay días de recuperación programados en estos momentos.
3. ¿Tendrán los estudiantes acceso a alimentos?
Sí, el USDA ha aprobado nuestra aplicación para implementar un programa de nutrición limitado durante este cierre. Pronto enviaremos un volante explicando la(s) comida(s) que va(n) a ser provenidas y donde los sitios de distribución estarán.
4. ¿Qué pasa si mi hijo no tiene acceso confiable a Internet en casa?
Reconocemos que no todos los hogares tienen servicio de Internet. Habrá trabajo asignado por Internet, así como tareas de lápiz / papel. La mayoría de los hogares tienen acceso a un teléfono celular. Es posible que todo el trabajo no se realice necesariamente en el teléfono celular, pero se puede comunicar por correo electrónico. Todos los estudiantes tienen una dirección de correo electrónico de la escuela.
Sin embargo, las bibliotecas en las escuelas estarán abiertos de 9 de la mañana al mediodía el lunes, el 16 de marzo y el martes, el 17 de marzo de forma limitada para los estudiantes que no tengan acceso a Internet en casa. No más de 20 estudiantes podrán acceder a las bibliotecas a la vez. Los padres deben llamar a la escuela del estudiante con anticipación para hacer una cita en las bibliotecas. No se proporcionará transporte a las escuelas.
Además, la Biblioteca del Condado de Greene ha declarado que los estudiantes pueden usar su Wi-Fi abierto desde el estacionamiento de la biblioteca, sin necesidad de contraseña y sin necesidad de abandonar su vehículo.
5. No conozco la información de inicio de sesión de mi hijo para poder acceder a los sitios web utilizados.
Ayer, nuestros estudiantes de la escuela primaria trajeron a casa una hoja de información con información de inicio de sesión. Si su hijo lo extravía, o estuvieron ausentes ayer, el maestro de su hijo también tendrá acceso a esa información. No dude en comunicarse con el maestro de su hijo para recuperar la información de inicio de sesión. Habrá un inicio de sesión a través de Classlink para la mayoría de los sitios web que se utilizan, solo visite myclasslink.com/gcss. Los estudiantes mayores sabrán su información de inicio de sesión. Sin embargo, los maestros estarán disponibles para proporcionarlo si es necesario.
6. Mi hijo tiene una pregunta, pero no quiero molestar a mi maestra durante sus 2 semanas de descanso.
Estas no son vacaciones de dos semanas para estudiantes o empleados: los maestros solo trabajarán en un lugar diferente. Pueden enviarse por correo electrónico durante el horario escolar regular al igual que cualquier empleado de la escuela.
7. ¿Cómo obtengo la boleta de calificaciones de mi hijo?
Las tarjetas de calificaciones serán enviadas a casa después de la reapertura de las escuelas el 6 de abril. Los padres también pueden acceder a las calificaciones de los estudiantes a través del Portal de Padres en Infinite Campus. Los maestros llamarán a los padres para programar conferencias de padres y maestros por teléfono esta semana.
8. ¿El Departamento de Educación Especial continuará brindando servicios a estudiantes con discapacidades?
Durante este tiempo del cierre del Sistema Escolar del Condado de Greene, el Departamento de Educación Especial continuará brindando servicios a estudiantes con discapacidades. El trabajo de clase será en forma de tareas digitales y en papel / lápiz. Los maestros de educación especial continuarán apoyando el trabajo de los estudiantes por teléfono, según los servicios descritos en el Programa de Educación Individualizada (IEP) de su hijo. El maestro de su hijo se pondrá en contacto con Usted para analizar las tareas del trabajo de clase y para responder a las preguntas, inquietudes o necesidades que surjan durante este tiempo. Si tiene alguna inquietud que requiera asistencia a nivel de distrito, comuníquese con el Departamento de Educación Especial al 706-453-7688.
9. Mi hijo tiene la medicina que necesita en la escuela; ¿Cómo puedo obtenerlo?
Puede recoger los medicamentos de su hijo de la enfermera de la escuela de 8:00 de la mañana al 3:00 de la tarde el lunes, el 16 de marzo o el martes, el 17 de marzo.
10. ¿Cuándo puedo recoger los materiales / tareas de mi hijo si estuvieron ausentes el viernes 13 de marzoo si olvidaron algo en la escuela?
Usted puede visitar la oficina de la escuela de las 8:00 de la mañana a las 3:00 de la tarde el lunes, 16 de marzo, o el martes, 17 de marzo para obtener ayuda. Después de las 3:00 de la tarde el martes 17 de marzo, no habrá acceso para padres disponible hasta que el distrito vuelva a abrir. El propósito de este cierre es hacer nuestra parte para detener / limitar la propagación del coronavirus, por lo que estamos trabajando para cerrar nuestros edificios tan pronto como posible para que el personal de limpieza pueda comenzar una limpieza profunda y exhaustiva.
11. Mi hijo participa en actividades extracurriculares / atléticas. ¿Tendrán lugar?
No. Durante este cierre, no habrá actividades extracurriculares, deportes, eventos escolares o excursiones. Y todos los eventos deportivos se suspenden hasta nuevo aviso. Los equipos deportivos no pueden practicar, ni otros equipos.
12. ¿Cambiará la fecha de graduación?
En este momento, no hay planes para cambiar la fecha de graduación.
13. ¿Se ajustarán las fechas AP / Milestones / MAP?
En este punto, estamos esperando más dirección sobre las fechas de las pruebas.
14. ¿Qué se está haciendo para limpiar las escuelas y los autobuses?
Servicios de custodia llevará a cabo una limpieza profunda y exhaustiva de todas las escuelas y autobuses utilizando un limpiador aprobado por coronavirus.
15. ¿Dónde podré obtener información actualizada?
Nuestro sitio web del distrito y las redes sociales tendrán la información más reciente. El sitio web del distrito tendrá un enlace a varias plataformas de aprendizaje por Internet.
Si tiene más preguntas, comuníquese con la escuela de su hijo.
CBJ Preschool - 706-454-1064
Greene County Primary School - 706-486-4117
Anita White Carson Middle School - 706-453-3308
Greene County High School - 706-453-2271
PREP - 706-454-1121
Lake Oconee Academy- 706- 454-1562
Schools closed to all access after 3 p.m. on March 17th
Following the latest guidance from health officials, there will be no parent or student access to the schools after 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17th until the district reopens. The purpose of this closure is to do our part to stop/limit the spread of coronavirus, so we are working to close our buildings as soon as possible so that custodial staff can begin a thorough and deep cleaning.
So, the Media Centers at the schools will be open from 9 a.m. to noon on Monday, March 16th and Tuesday, March 17th ONLY, on a limited basis as a resource for students who may not have access to internet at home. And report cards will NOT be available for pickup at the schools on Thursday. Instead, report cards will be sent home after schools reopen on April 6th. Parents can also access students’ grades via Parent Portal in Infinite Campus. Teachers will be calling parents to schedule parent-teacher conferences via phone this week.
Also, the USDA has approved our application to implement a limited nutrition program during this closure. We will soon send out a flyer explaining the meal(s) that will be provided and where the distribution sites will be.
More information coming soon.
GCSS follows GDPH guidance for schools concerning COVID-19 (Updated 3/10/2020)
Just as we do throughout normal cold and flu season, Greene County Schools is working closely with the Georgia Department of Public Health to remain proactive about COVID-19 (commonly known as the coronavirus) and take all proper precautions to prevent the spread of infection in our schools and buildings.
At present, our plan focuses on prevention. Our teachers have been provided with materials and information on maintaining healthy classrooms, and our custodial team has developed an extensive cleaning plan for disinfecting high-touch surfaces and sanitizing our schools on a regular basis. They are utilizing the same Victory Eco Sprayers that they used twice a week to decontaminate the schools during the height of flu season, along with daily sanitizing and normal disinfecting procedures.
We will continue to follow the directions given by the Georgia Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and will keep you updated as new information becomes available. District administration have met with our school nurses to develop a plan of action in consultation with local health officials.
COVID-19 spreads like other respiratory illnesses such as the flu and the common cold, primarily through coughing or sneezing by those who already have symptoms. The same measures that are urged to prevent the spread of any respiratory virus are increasingly important for everyone:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow or use a tissue to cover it, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Please take a moment to review this informational PowerPoint from the Georgia Department of Public Health for an overview of COVID-19, how it spreads, and how you can protect yourself from it. Click here to download the presentation.
For information about COVID-19 and contact information for local public health in GA, please visit the DPH website: https://dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus.
For additional information about COVID-19 visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
FAQs from the GDPH guidance for schools concerning COVID-19 (3/2/2020)
What is the difference between seasonal flu and novel coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a family of viruses and there are different types of coronaviruses within that family, much like there are different types of influenza viruses. In the United States, there are common coronaviruses that circulate every year, which usually cause upper respiratory tract illnesses much like the common cold. Coronaviruses tend to circulate in the fall and winter months, like influenza. Most people get infected with these viruses at some point in their lives. The coronavirus that has recently emerged in Wuhan, China is a new type of coronavirus, COVID-19, and is infecting people for the first time, which means that people do not have immunity to it.
What are common symptoms of COVID-19?
Symptoms of COVID-19 infection include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Some infected individuals go on to develop pneumonia requiring hospitalization. Severity of symptoms can span from asymptomatic or mild illness to severe or fatal illness.
How is COVID-19 spread?
Novel coronavirus is spread like other respiratory illnesses, such as the flu and the common cold, through coughing or sneezing by those who already have symptoms. There have also been reports of rare spread from an infected patient with no symptoms to a close contact.
What should students or faculty who have recently traveled to China do?
Because of the ever-expanding global outbreak, the federal government recently announced that all individuals (which may include students, faculty, or staff) who have traveled to China in the past 14 days and returned on or after February 3, 2020, will be requested to remain at home and be monitored for COVID-19 symptoms by the Georgia Department of Public Health.
School and students, faculty or staff whose family members have traveled from China in the last 14 days (and are being monitored for symptoms) do not need to be excluded from school.
How is COVID-19 treated?
Currently, there is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for the new coronavirus. There is no vaccine to prevent this virus, and the CDC advises that the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to it.
What preventive measures should schools take to help reduce the spread of respiratory illness?
The Georgia Department of Public Health recommends that schools increase education about respiratory hygiene. Students, faculty, and staff should follow these steps that prevent the transmission of respiratory infections:
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow or cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, not your hands.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, especially after coughing or sneezing. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Stay home if you’re sick, especially with a fever.
- Avoid people who are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.
Additional preventive measures include:
- If you had a fever, do not go to work or attend class until you are fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication.
- Provide adequate supplies, including clean and functional handwashing stations, soap, paper towels, and alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Encourage routine surface cleaning through education, policy and the provision of supplies.
- Get a flu shot – it’s not too late to be protected!
Please direct all communication or media questions to:
Greene County School System
101 E. Third Street
Greensboro, GA 30642
Office: (706) 453-7688
Fax: (706) 453-9019