MCSD News

  • October - 2020
  • 23
    Mercedes Parham

    Columbus, GA- In an effort to further increase transparency and provide clarity to its public stakeholders, the Muscogee County School District has updated its data points related to active COVID-19 cases to reflect school-based sites only. The data reflects information made available to the District from individual sources. Information will now be updated each Friday and accessible on the District’s COVID-19 website.

    Muscogee County School District

    COVID-19 school-based active cases

    Week of October 19-23, 2020

    Category Description

    #

    Total enrolled students

    31,529

    Total in-person students

    16,689

    In-person student positive cases*

    9

    In-person student self-quarantine or isolation cases**

    273

    Total employees

    5,175

    Total school-based employees

    3,538

    School-based employee positive cases***

    6

    School-based employee self-quarantine or isolation cases****

    22


    Additional precautions were taken at the Woodall Center due to a reported exposure. Given the vulnerability of the specified student population, the Woodall Center will proceed with the virtual instruction model through November 5, 2020. No positive cases were reported at this location. This action is being implemented as a precautionary measure.

    The data points were updated to further align the District report to the Georgia Department of Public Health’s report, which exclusively reports school-based site information.

    *Accounts for in-person students reported with active COVID-19 positive cases during the specified week

    **Accounts for the total in-person students reported with self-quarantine/isolation cases, considering quarantine periods of 14 days which could overlap with District reporting weeks

    ***Accounts for school-based employees reported with active COVID-19 positive cases during the specified week

    ****Accounts for the total school-based employees reported with self-quarantine/isolation cases, considering quarantine periods of 14 days which could overlap with District reporting weeks

    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 isolation cases, which could overlap with the weekly District report due to the mandated 14-day quarantine or isolation period.

    All active cases are monitored in coordination with the Department of Public Health to prevent the spread of illness. The District will continue to monitor data regarding COVID-19 within our local community, under the advisement of our public health agencies.

    The mission of the Muscogee County School District is to inspire and equip all students to achieve unlimited potential. For more information, please contact the Office of Communications at 706.748.2034 or communications@muscogee.k12.ga.us.

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  • 23
    Mercedes Parham

    On October 26, 2020, we will launch the Daily Health Assessment symptoms tracking tool to help us continue efforts to prevent the spread of illness.

    Important details:

    • This tool is mandatory for all employees and optional for students, but we strongly encourage participation to help us mitigate exposure and risks.
    • Each employee and student/parent will receive a daily email notification, starting at 5:00 a.m., to complete the assessment prior to or upon arrival to his/her assigned District site.
    • The District will use the email address currently in Infinite Campus with your student’s assigned school. Please check/update your email address to ensure you receive the Daily Health Assessment email notifications.
    • If an employee or student/parent does not receive the email notifications, he/she can use the QR codes posted/links on our COVID-19 site and at the entrance of all District buildings.
      • View QR code instructions.
      • Note: Some phones may require you to download a QR Code Scanner from your phone an app store.
    • Employees who may have tested positive or been exposed to someone who tested positive must report this to their immediate supervisor and Tracy Fox, Director of Risk Management, or Jeannie Polhamus, Lead School Nurse via exposuretracking@muscogee.k12.ga.us.
    • Parents with a student/students who may have tested positive or been exposed to someone who tested positive must report this to their principal and Tracy Fox, Director of Risk Management, or Jeannie Polhamus, Lead School Nurse via exposuretracking@muscogee.k12.ga.us.

    Missed the parent overview sessions? View each recorded session using the links below.

    October 22, 2020; 4:00 p.m.

    October 22, 2020; 5:30 p.m.


    Safety expectations for in-person students:

    • Wear face masks or coverings at all District sites.
    • 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).
    • 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:


    Resources:


    View the latest updates related to the District's COVID-19 plans HERE

  • 21
    Mercedes Parham

    Columbus, GA- In a recent release, the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) announced its 2020-2021 Student Advisory Council representatives. State Superintendent, Richard Woods, selected 64 students across the state from more than 1,400 applications.

    Gustavo Varela Leon, a senior at Hardaway High School, and Pranati Yadlapalli, a junior at Columbus High School, will represent the Muscogee County School District. The council includes middle and high school students, representing schools from each Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA) district in Georgia.

    "Now more than ever, it is essential that I receive feedback directly from students on their educational experience," said Superintendent Woods. "My Student Advisory Council has been an invaluable part of my decision-making process for the last six years, and I am looking forward to meeting with the 2020-21 Council soon."

    The mission of the Muscogee County School District is to inspire and equip all students to achieve unlimited potential. For more information, please contact the Office of Communications at 706.748.2034 or communications@muscogee.k12.ga.us.


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  • 21
    Mercedes Parham

    October marks National Disability Employment Awareness Month nationwide. In recognition of this month, the Program for Exceptional Students recognizes its Community Based Instruction business partners who increase access and opportunity for our students with exceptionalities.

    Community Based Instruction affords our students the opportunity to work in natural environments amongst their non-disabled co-workers, supervisors, and peers. Our students learn job readiness skills in a real-world environment while focusing on soft skills, such as communication, teamwork, adaptability, problem-solving, time management, and interpersonal skills. The post-secondary success of our students is dependent on this key component of their education and we could not do this without the wonderful partnership of the businesses listed below.


    2nd Avenue Animal Hospital

    2nd Home Pet Resort

    Ambassador of Christ Church

    Animal SOS

    Columbus Animal Care and Control

    Feed the Valley

    The Fife and Drum

    Goodwill Industries of the Southern Rivers

    Holiday Inn Express

    JoAnn’s Fabrics

    LaQuinta Inn and Suites

    North Highland Church

    Piggly Wiggly-Victory Drive

    Publix Macon Road

    St. Peter United Methodist Church

    Sales Fast Tax

    Southern Glam Salon and Boutique

    TJ Maxx Macon Road

    TSYS-A Global Payments Company

    Piggly Wiggly-Victory Drive

    Stars and Strikes

    Valley Hospitality

  • 19
    Mercedes Parham

    1. The application process

    • Online magnet applications will open HERE October 28, 2020.
    • The online applications will close at 5:00 p.m., January 19, 2021.*
    • Each parent and/or student will receive an email regarding his or her application status on February 19, 2021.
    • Decisions will include a status of acceptance, wait-list, or denial.
    2. Magnet school program information

    • Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, middle and high schools will not conduct in person open house events.
    • Each school will provide information for students and parents to get a snapshot of their programs.
    • Schools will provide parents/students opportunities to participate in Q&A sessions regarding their magnet programs beginning October 28, 2020.
    • Information about each school’s magnet program can be viewed HERE.
    3. Important dates

    • October 28: Magnet applications open.
    • January 19: Magnet applications close.
    • February 19: Last day to complete entrance exams and auditions
    • February 19: Magnet decisions will be emailed.
    • February 26: Offer decisions must be made by 11:59 p.m. on this date or all offers will be rescinded after this time.
    *Any students new to the Muscogee County School District may apply to any academy/magnet program after this date. Acceptance must be approved by the Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction.

  • 19
    Mercedes Parham

    Columbus, GA- The Muscogee County School District is pleased to announce a new partnership effort with the Pastoral Institute to address employee and student needs for mental health support and resources amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 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. District employees and students will have virtual access to licensed professionals who will address subjects such as resiliency, suicide and self-harm prevention, dealing with grief, depression, and self-care.

    Employee-specific content will feature live interactive chat sessions, offering participants opportunities to present questions in real-time to each session’s hosts. Student-specific content will feature videos, three to five minutes in length, aimed at helping students gain an understanding of mental wellness and providing quick tips for coping during the pandemic.

    “The District Wellness Committee is grateful for the amazing support we have received from this partnership. Our goal is to create safe spaces and provide equitable access to resources that would help each student and employee address his/her mental health needs,” said Dr. Angela Vickers-Ward, District Mental Health and Wellness Committee Chair and Chief Student Services Officer.

    In response to the pandemic, the District formed the Mental Health and Wellness Committee to focus on mental and physical health supports needed in preparation for re-opening measures. Initial feedback was gathered from the District’s Connect & Chat sessions, which indicated mental health as a foremost concern with re-opening plan measures.

    After reviewing all available resources, the committee approached the Pastoral Institute to expand its previous partnership offerings to emphasize mental health awareness, anticipating significant impacts due to the pandemic.

    The Coronavirus Response Fund Advisory Committee awarded The Pastoral Institute a grant totaling $9,838 to fund this initiative, providing critical support to the District, serving more than 5,200 employees (full-and part-time) and approximately 31,000 students.

    “The Pastoral Institute is excited to serve the MCSD community to offer this new, innovative virtual mental health and wellness resource to help address the behavioral health needs of students, parents and educators in our community. This partnership is a true example of how the crisis has brought the community together,” said Amarylis West, Business Development Coordinator, Pastoral Institute.

    About the Pastoral Institute

    The Pastoral Institute was established in 1974 as a nonprofit, faith-based, non-denominational organization that offers education and counseling services to individuals, couples, and families. Our founders wanted to create an outpatient facility to treat mind, body, and spirit. They believed the Pastoral Institute would be a refuge of healing, clarity, and inspiration for those who come seeking help with difficult life experiences.

    About the Coronavirus Response Fund

    The Coronavirus Response Fund, hosted by Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley (CFCV) in partnership with United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley (UWCV), is providing flexible resources to organizations in the Columbus area that are working with our most vulnerable citizens: members of communities who are disproportionately impacted by Covid-19 and the economic consequences of this outbreak. They are working closely with government, business partners and other philanthropic resources to help the Response Fund rapidly deploy resources to community-based organizations at the front lines of the area’s Coronavirus pandemic.

    The mission of the Muscogee County School District is to inspire and equip all students to achieve unlimited potential. For more information, please contact the Office of Communications at 706.748.2034 or communications@muscogee.k12.ga.us.

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  • 16
    Mercedes Parham

    Report card access

    As done with our first nine weeks progress reports, we will not print/distribute hard copy report cards District-wide.

    • Each student's first nine weeks report card will be available through the Parent Portal October 20, 2020.
    • How to access report cards (see the detailed guide HERE):
    • Log into Parent Portal.
    • If you have more than one student in your account, select a student using the drop-down list.
    • Click the “Documents” link in the menu.
    • Select "20-21" under the "School Year" drop-down list.
    • Select "Report Card."
    • IMPORTANT: If you experience difficulty accessing your student's report card, contact your student's assigned school for assistance.

    We will continue to provide progress and report cards via Infinite Campus on the following dates:

    • First nine weeks report cards: October 20, 2020
    • Second nine weeks progress reports: November 13, 2020
    • Second nine weeks report cards: January 12, 2021
    • Third nine weeks progress reports: February 5, 2021
    • Third nine weeks report cards: March 18, 2021
    • Fourth nine weeks progress reports: April 19, 2021
    • Fourth nine weeks report cards (elementary): May 21, 2021
    • Fourth nine weeks report cards (secondary): May 26, 2021

    Introduction of the District Daily Health Assessment

    Overview session (optional)

    October 22, 2020 | 4:00 p.m. or October 22, 2020 | 5:30 p.m.

    CLICK HERE to register

    Parents—we invite you to attend an interactive session outlining our efforts to implement a symptoms tracker platform. We began this effort in response to feedback we received from our Connect & Chat sessions, where parents and students indicated a preference for symptoms tracking.

    During the session, we will review how to access the platform and how we will use the provided information. You will have an opportunity to present questions in the chat function. Sessions will be recorded and made available for public viewing.

    Important: Participation in the Daily Health Assessment is optional for students, but highly recommended to help us continue efforts to prevent the spread of illness in accordance with CDC guidelines.

    Safety expectations for in-person students:

    • 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:


    Resources:


    View the latest updates related to the District's COVID-19 plans HERE

  • 16
    Mercedes Parham

    Columbus, GA- In an effort to further increase transparency and provide clarity to its public stakeholders, the Muscogee County School District has updated its data points related to active COVID-19 cases to reflect school-based sites only. The data reflects information made available to the District from individual sources. Information will now be updated each Friday and accessible on the District’s COVID-19 website.

    Muscogee County School District

    COVID-19 school-based active cases

    Week of October 12-16, 2020

    Category Description

    #

    Total enrolled students

    31,333

    Total in-person students

    16,622

    In-person student positive cases*

    5

    In-person student self-quarantine or isolation cases**

    140

    Total employees

    5,175

    Total school-based employees

    3,590

    School-based employee positive cases***

    2

    School-based employee self-quarantine or isolation cases****

    19



    The data points were updated to further align the District report to the Georgia Department of Public Health’s report, which exclusively reports school-based site information.

    *Accounts for in-person students reported with active COVID-19 positive cases during the specified week

    **Accounts for the total in-person students reported with self-quarantine/isolation cases, considering quarantine periods of 14 days which could overlap with District reporting weeks

    ***Accounts for school-based employees reported with active COVID-19 positive cases during the specified week

    ****Accounts for the total school-based employees reported with self-quarantine/isolation cases, considering quarantine periods of 14 days which could overlap with District reporting weeks

    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 isolation cases, which could overlap with the weekly District report due to the mandated 14-day quarantine or isolation period.

    All active cases are monitored in coordination with the Department of Public Health to prevent the spread of illness. The District will continue to monitor data regarding COVID-19 within our local community, under the advisement of our public health agencies.

    The mission of the Muscogee County School District is to inspire and equip all students to achieve unlimited potential. For more information, please contact the Office of Communications at 706.748.2034 or communications@muscogee.k12.ga.us.

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  • 14
    Mercedes Parham

    Columbus, GA- The 2020 American College Test (ACT) composite and subject results for the Muscogee County School District mark the highest set of scores for the District to date. The ACT is a college admissions test, administered by a non-profit organization, which measures English, Math, Reading, and Science to determine academic readiness for college.

    “We are pleased with our students’ continued improvement, realizing all-time highs in three of the four assessed areas and the composite average, despite the recent challenges. Similar to the SAT, the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the number of test takers and our students’ ability to complete college preparatory coursework in the spring,” said Dr. David Lewis, Superintendent of Education.

    Muscogee County School District ACT Reasoning Test

    FIVE-YEAR TREND

    NUMBER OF STUDENTS TESTED




    2016

    2017

    2018

    2019

    2020

    Total Tested

    908

    857



    902

    843

    775

    Number of students Enrolled (from FTE 1)

    2083

    2006

    2061

    2053

    1,965

    Percentage of Students Tested

    44%

    43%

    44%

    41%

    39.4%



    MEAN SCORES

    READING

    Group
    2016

    2017

    2018



    2019

    2020

    Nation

    21.3



    21.4

    21.3

    21.2

    21.2

    Georgia

    21.8

    22.0



    22.1

    22.2

    22.5

    MCSD

    19.9

    20.2

    20.0

    20.7

    20.8


    ENGLISH

    Group

    2016

    2017

    2018



    2019

    2020

    Nation

    20.1



    20.3

    20.2

    20.1

    19.9

    Georgia

    20.7

    21.0





    20.9

    20.9

    21.3

    MCSD

    18.7

    18.9

    18.6

    19.0

    19.1


    MATH

    Group

    2016

    2017

    2018



    2019

    2020

    Nation

    20.6



    20.7

    20.5

    20.4

    20.2

    Georgia

    20.6

    20.9

    20.7

    20.7

    21.0

    MCSD

    19.2

    19.5

    19.0

    19.1

    19.4


    SCIENCE

    Group

    2016

    2017

    2018



    2019

    2020

    Nation

    20.8

    21.0

    20.7

    20.6

    20.6

    Georgia

    21.0

    21.3

    21.2

    21.2

    21.6

    MCSD

    19.4

    19.6

    19.4

    19.6

    19.8


    COMPOSITE

    Group

    2016

    2017

    2018



    2019

    2020

    Nation

    20.8

    21.0

    20.8

    20.7

    20.6

    Georgia

    21.1

    21.4





    21.4

    21.4

    21.7

    MCSD

    19.4

    19.7

    19.4

    19.8

    19.9



    The mission of the Muscogee County School District is to inspire and equip all students to achieve unlimited potential. For more information, please contact the Office of Communications at 706.748.2034 or communications@muscogee.k12.ga.us.

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  • 9
    Mercedes Parham

    Columbus, GA- In an effort to further increase transparency and provide clarity to its public stakeholders, the Muscogee County School District has updated its data points related to active COVID-19 cases to reflect school-based sites only. The data reflects information made available to the District from individual sources. Information will now be updated each Friday and accessible on the District’s COVID-19 website.

    Muscogee County School District

    COVID-19 school-based active cases

    Week of October 5-9, 2020

    Category Description

    #

    Total enrolled students

    31,449

    Total in-person students

    14,842

    In-person student positive cases*

    13

    In-person student self-quarantine or isolation cases**

    182

    Total employees

    5,175

    Total school-based employees

    3,519***

    School-based employee positive cases****

    0

    School-based employee self-quarantine or isolation cases*****

    21



    The data points were updated to further align the District report to the Georgia Department of Public Health’s report, which exclusively reports school-based site information.

    *Accounts for in-person students reported with active COVID-19 positive cases during the specified week

    ** Accounts for the total in-person students reported with self-quarantine/isolation cases, considering quarantine periods of 14 days which could overlap with District reporting weeks

    ***Accounts for the total number of school-based employees (note: previous reports inadvertently reflected inaccurate employee counts from three school locations)

    ****Accounts for school-based employees reported with active COVID-19 positive cases during the specified week

    *****Accounts for the total school-based employees reported with self-quarantine/isolation cases, considering quarantine periods of 14 days which could overlap with District reporting weeks

    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 isolation cases, which could overlap with the weekly District report due to the mandated 14-day quarantine or isolation period.

    All active cases are monitored in coordination with the Department of Public Health to prevent the spread of illness. The District will continue to monitor data regarding COVID-19 within our local community, under the advisement of our public health agencies.

    The mission of the Muscogee County School District is to inspire and equip all students to achieve unlimited potential. For more information, please contact the Office of Communications at 706.748.2034 or communications@muscogee.k12.ga.us.

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