COVID-19


Wednesday, April 1, 2020
 
School Closures Extended Through End of the School Year
Governor Kemp made an official announcement today regarding an extension of school closures for all districts across the state through the remainder of the school year.  While we are disappointed that our students will not be able to return, we appreciate that safety of our students and staff is a top priority.  We are heartbroken for our seniors and all students impacted by this pandemic and will continue to explore all options available to us as we move forward.  
 
Thank you to all who have responded to our School Closure Survey.  We appreciate the feedback as we work to provide meaningful learning experiences for all students.  Governor Kemp will be collaborating with State School Superintendent Woods and stakeholders to address the logistical and policy issues created by this necessary action.  Please note that no assignments will be given the week of spring break. We understand that this is a stressful situation for all students and families.  We encourage you to take time to rest and regroup over spring break as we prepare for the coming months.  A plan for how we will address course credit and grading will be shared following the break.  Distance learning will continue as previously shared.
 
Please continue to pray for local, state and national leaders as they navigate this situation and also pray for first responders, health care workers and all who are serving on the front lines to keep our community safe.  Thank you for your understanding and support.  
 
Information Regarding Student Meal Services
Meal pick-up and delivery services have been revised to limit exposure and contact with groups of more than 10 people.  We will continue to follow the CDC's guidance to protect our students, staff and families.  Meals will be delivered and available at feeding sites on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.  On Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, students will receive hot meals along with bagged lunches for the following days.  On Thursdays, students will receive 2 breakfast meals and 2 lunch meals to ensure they have meals for Friday. Our goal is to limit exposure, but also make sure we are meeting the nutritional needs of our students. Thank you for your assistance during this health crisis.  If you would prefer to pick up a lunch or breakfast, you may do so by visiting Calhoun Elementary School between the hours of 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Someone will be stationed behind the school where carpool pickup/drop off is located.  Additional Meal Pick-Up Locations include Belmont Baptist Church (275 West Belmont Drive) and The Voluntary Action Center (343 S. Wall Street) at the same times of 11:00-1:00 on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.  Note that these locations are in addition to the pick-up location at Calhoun Elementary School and bus routes.  This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
 
Information Regarding Senior Activities and Graduation
Due to the recommendation of the Center for Disease Control and government officials to limit public gatherings over the course of the next 8 weeks, Calhoun City Schools has cancelled all field trips and postponed many spring events for the remainder of the school year.  Many have asked how this will impact the graduating class of 2020. Currently, the senior prom slated to be held in Chattanooga on April 25, 2020, will not be held on this date. School officials are currently working on a contingency plan should we be able to hold a prom at a later date and time. The Senior Grad Bash trip to Orlando slated for April 17-20 and the Six Flags trip on May 1 for seniors will not take place on those dates and we are currently working with the tour groups to determine next steps regarding refunds.  Graduation is and always has been an important symbolic ceremony to recognize the academic success of our students.  The Calhoun City Schools' Board of Education is committed to recognizing the Class of 2020.  We will postpone the ceremony until it is safe for our students, staff and community to participate.  We are heartbroken for our seniors and all students impacted by this pandemic and will continue to explore all options available to us as we move forward.  While we are disappointed, we want to be responsible and safe. Thank you for your understanding and support.

 


Thursday, March 26, 2020

Gov. Brian Kemp closed public elementary and secondary schools for in-person instruction through April 24. The executive order stated students may return to school on April 27, 2020.

"I am deeply grateful to State School Superintendent Richard Woods, the Georgia Department of Education, superintendents, and parents for keeping us informed and helping us make the right decision for our students," Gov. Kemp said in a statement.

"Throughout this process, we will continue to seek the advice of public health officials, school leaders, and families to ensure the health and safety of the educational community. As we approach April 24, 2020, we ask for continued patience and flexibility since circumstances may change, but we encourage families to stay strong and follow the guidance of federal, state, and local leaders in the weeks ahead."

The University System of Georgia and Technical College System of Georgia will remain closed for in-person instruction through the rest of the semester, the statement read, students have already transitioned to all online learning.

Thursday morning, Floyd County hospitals reported 15 patients who have been infected with COVID-19 as well as 30 patients waiting on test results, according to Floyd County EMA Director Tim Herrington.

As of noon Thursday, the Georgia Department of Public Health reports 16 Floyd County residents have tested positive for coronavirus.

The numbers differ from the hospitals' totals because the DPH lists confirmed cases by county of residence, while hospitals may treat those from outside Floyd County.

The first death of a Gordon County resident resulting from a COVID-19 infection was confirmed on Wednesday, according to Gordon EMA Director Courtney Taylor.

Statewide positive COVID-19 cases are up to 1,525 with 473 people hospitalized as a result of the virus. The number of Georgians who have died as a result of a coronavirus infection rose to 48 as of noon Thursday.


Sunday, March 22, 2020

Dear CCS Families:

As we continue Week Two of Learning from Home, we recognize that school work can be overwhelming when tackled all at one time. We have developed the following schedules to help pace ourselves. Please see the attached schedule that teachers and students are encouraged to follow over the next two weeks. Please send any questions directly to your teachers. They stand ready to assist you!

We have also included a week of spirited activities to help us keep a positive outlook throughout the coming week. Continue to love always, understand needs, capture hearts! #launch

Love always,
Dr. Taylor

Complex Schedule 
Campus Schedule
CCS Spirit Days


Saturday, March 21, 2020

Message from Dr. Taylor

We have completed Week One of school closures and I couldn't be more proud of how everyone has worked together to take care of each and every one of our students. This has been a combined effort from the home, classroom, school, district and community level. We've been dealt a set of adversities that have forced us to be more innovative, flexible and resourceful while trying to preserve our school year.

We know the depth of connection and understanding that is enhanced by "being there" among classmates and supportive teachers, counselors, and other school supports for students and families--social workers, occupational therapists, speech therapists and more. Each of us has had an important role to play each and every day this week. We've been forced to add many more hats to our positions in the Jacket family. I know we'll get through these challenges together and we'll be much stronger on the other end.

Looking down the road, we anticipate that the Governor will make an announcement soon regarding a possible extension beyond his March 31st mandate. Our Board stands ready to support Governor Kemp knowing that he has our best interests at heart. We continue to track CoVID's community spread as more testing becomes available. There have been 507 confirmed cases in Georgia as of noon today which is up from 420 at this same time yesterday. Gordon County remains at three confirmed cases. Please continue to keep those who have been impacted by the virus and those on the front lines caring for the sick in your thoughts and prayers. Also keep all of our students’ families and our Jacket staff close to your hearts.

I'm a hugger and it's been hard to be increasingly physically distanced to stop the community spread. We know that it is important to stay home if possible. This presents unbelievable challenges for parents who HAVE TO work—because they are helpers in the CoVID-19 fight or because they cannot be workers from home and keep their employment during this phase of the war against community spread.

We continue to pull together for the food insecure. Our school nutrition staff, transportation department and staff volunteers assembled and delivered more than 14,000 breakfasts and lunches to the children of our community this week. They are true heroes! And while we've captured around 4,200 students' hearts, they've captured thousands of ours. The Associated Press sent a representative to film behind the scenes footage and ride one of the bus routes to capture the excitement of our students receiving meals and reading material. It's heartwarming to see how excited they are to see familiar faces each day.

Technology is our friend and we need to make sure all of our students have access to this valuable learning tool. We thank our teachers for checking in with each and every student this week to make sure they had what they needed and to find out who had access to a computer and internet. We have an awesome technology team of support and they've been working 24/7 to keep us rolling. Information about chromebook distribution has been shared with families on the website and social media so that we can support students' needs for reliable access to technology. The Campus will distribute computers March 24-27 and the Complex plans distribution the week of March 30-April 3. More information will be shared in the coming days.

We thank our parents who were our students' first teachers during this time. These are parents who read to their kids from birth to five, took them to play dates and museums, and tiny t-ball, and on and on. We recognize that most CCS parents are not K-12 teachers who have been trained to engage their children in sequential and spiraling tasks and projects designed to build on various learning capacities. The daily grind of e-learning is hard. We're looking at putting together a schedule for coming weeks so our students and families will have some relief as they learn at home. Our incredible leadership team will work with our teachers to put a schedule together for our families as we navigate the next week. We appreciate everyone's patience and support.

And rightfully so, parents are concerned about students missing school, special events, competitions, dances, award ceremonies etc. Please know that while we don't know what the next few months will look like. We will try to re-schedule or creatively re-capture as many of these events as possible.

As hard as this is for all families, we recognize the needs of parents who have exceptional learners whose trained special education teachers, specialists, and instructional assistants are in touch, but with virtual supports in the coming days. Our great faculty and specialists will be supporting, to be sure, but it will be very difficult for these parents and families. Please know that we are here for you.

While there are many challenges, I know there is not a better community team anywhere. We love always, understand needs and capture hearts each and every day. And while we desperately need that hug, hand shake or connection, we must distance ourselves from community spread that can harm the medically fragile of any age, and the elders with whom most of us interact at school, in the community, and in our extended families.

We want to thank our community for its support and patience as we continue to work through extended school closures. We are blessed with an exceptional school system who are supporting our students' instructional, physical and emotional needs. Teachers have gone above and beyond as online instructors, setting office hours and engaging with students and families. Our maintenance, transportation and custodial staffs continue to focus on our facilities and buses to keep them safe and clean. Another shout out to our school nutrition staff and bus drivers for their herculean efforts this week to feed our kids. Our student services team, nurses and counselors have been a tremendous level of support and have collected and distributed hygiene items or other supplies. Our Board of Education and leadership team have put their problem solving skills to use like never before. I can’t thank Board Chair Eddie Reeves, Vice Chair Rhoda Washington, Board Secretary David Scoggins and members Andy Baxter and Becky Gilbert-George enough for their support. We are extremely blessed at every level throughout the school district.

We are also extremely fortunate to have our friends from Gordon County Schools. Superintendent Dr. Kim Fraker, the Gordon County Board of Education, and the entire Gordon County School district have been a great source of support during this time. We're feeding and supporting our Phoenix, Warriors and Jackets daily. Our community is blessed beyond measure.

Personally and professionally I’m blessed with awesome counterparts with superintendent friends and colleagues from Northwest Georgia led by our RESA director Dexter Mills and superintendents across the state and nation struggling with the same issues. It’s been wonderful to collaborate on conference calls and online. Our network is strong and we know we will continue to support each other.

Our hospitals, faith based community, emergency management, first responders, partners in education, local media, Mayor and City Council, other civic leaders, non-profit agencies and organizations have all been great sources of support for our schools. These are unprecedented times. Alone we can do so little, but together we can do so much. Thank you for launching Week One of school closures with love and passion. Let’s keep the positive energy flowing and we'll get through this one day at a time. I will continue to pray for students, staff, parents, and community!

In this time of social distancing, we want to hear from you. Please send us photos and videos as you "Learn from Home." We want to capture how you are inspiring all students to become lifelong learners in the pursuit of excellence during these digital learning days. Excellence in not only academics, but the arts and athletics. I’ve seen some great videos of students challenged by their PE teachers. Let’s keep it up. Send photos, videos and captions to ccs@calhounschools.org, through FaceBook messenger or tag or text 770-773-6575. Go Jackets!

#LAUNCH,

Dr. T.


March 18, 2020

Calhoun City and Gordon County Schools Will Remain Closed Through April 10, 2020

In consideration of Governor Kemp’s executive order issued on March 16, as well as the latest guidance from the CDC, Calhoun City and Gordon County Schools will remain closed through spring break, which ends on April 10. Teachers will make contact with students in order to continue instructional activities through April 3. No assignments will be given the week of spring break. As we gain additional information from state and local officials, we will reassess and determine if additional time is needed beyond this date.

Additionally, all field trips scheduled for the remainder of the school year will be cancelled. Details on refunds will be made available to families as soon as they are determined. School-sponsored events will be postponed or cancelled for the duration of the closures.

As always, the health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority. Please continue to implement the following measures to help protect our community:
Stay home and limit contact with others when you are sick.
Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and properly discard used tissues. If no tissue is available, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.
Frequently wash your hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Avoid close contact with those who are ill.
Thank you for your patience as we continue to work through the impact this health crisis will have on our schools.


Updated Information from Governor Kemp regarding school closures:

Kemp: Public Elementary, Secondary, Post-Secondary Schools Closed March 18 to March 31
Atlanta, GA – In accordance with newly issued federal guidance, Governor Brian P. Kemp signed Executive Order 3.16.20.01 closing all public elementary, secondary, and post-secondary public schools in Georgia from March 18, 2020 to March 31, 2020.

"To keep our students, teachers, and administrators safe and mitigate the spread of COVID-19, I am ordering the closure of all public elementary, secondary, and post-secondary schools in Georgia from March 18, 2020 to March 31, 2020," said Governor Kemp. "This measure is critical to reducing local transmission in communities across our state, and I ask Georgians to continue to follow best practices - washing their hands regularly, isolating the elderly and chronically ill, and avoiding large events if possible - in the days and weeks ahead."

For updates on COVID-19, follow @GeorgiaEMA, @GaDPH and @GovKemp on Twitter and @GEMA.OHS, @GaDPH and @GovKemp on Facebook. For more information, visit the DPH’s coronavirus webpage at https://dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus.


March 13, 2020

Due to the latest information from Governor Kemp concerning the Coronavirus, Calhoun City and Gordon County Schools are proactively closing school campuses for all students for a two week period through Friday, March 27, 2020. Instruction will continue through homebound activities that will be shared with all students and parents on Monday, March 16th. This measure is to support local and statewide efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Calhoun and Gordon County Schools will reassess the situation on Thursday, March 26th and determine if additional time is needed beyond this date. Information will be shared through emails, phone calls, the website and social media.

A professional learning day for faculty and staff is planned for Monday, March 16, 2020 at which time, teachers will continue to prepare learning packets and digital learning activities. Digital learning days will begin Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

Details about school nutrition services will be communicated as soon as possible.

All school field trips and special events scheduled between now and April 13th will be cancelled and / or postponed. This includes parent-teacher conferences, musicals, concerts, etc. Upon students’ return to school, we are asking that visitors respect our desire to keep our students and staff safe and refrain from coming to school for lunch or other daily events within the school until further notice.

All field trips, both state and out-of-state, are suspended through April 13th. Details on rescheduling or refunds will be made available to you as soon as they are determined.

All athletic practices and games are suspended through March 27th and will be re-evaluated at that time in cooperation with the Georgia High School Association and Middle School Athletic Associations.

Other Resources

How to access your Distance Learning Coursework:

All coursework has been added to our website.
To access Distance Learning coursework please following the instructions below:
1. Visit www.calhounschools.org
2. Click on the Student Tab
3. Click on Distance Learning
4. Click on the grade / course you are needing to access. Once you click the link, you will need to click it one more time to open the document.

Or click on the following link.

Middle/High School Students:
Please remember to log into your Google (@ccsjackets) account in order to access your coursework. Please note, the paper packets are NOT the same as the online coursework. If you are able to complete your assignments online, please do so.

Meal delivery during the school closure

Please click on the following link to view approximate bus arrival times for the school closure meal delivery times.

If you would prefer to pick up a lunch or breakfast, you may do so by visiting Calhoun Elementary School between the hours of 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Someone will be stationed behind the school where carpool pickup/drop off is located.

Additional Meal Pick-Up Location | Belmont Baptist Church
Meals may be picked up between the hours of 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Monday-Friday.

Belmont Baptist Church:
275 West Belmont Drive Calhoun, GA, 30701

This location is in addition to the pick-up location at Calhoun Elementary School and bus routes.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.