MCSD News

  • December - 2020
  • 11
    Mercedes Parham

    Early release schedule

    We will release all students 2.5 hours ahead of their regular schedule on the following days:

    • Tuesday, December 22, 2020
    • Wednesday, February 3, 2021
    • Tuesday, March 16, 2021
    • Thursday, April 15, 2021
    • Friday, May 21, 2021

    Dismissal times:

    • Elementary: 12:00 noon
    • High: 12:55 p.m.
    • Middle: 1:20 p.m.

    Please plan accordingly for after-school arrangements; student supervision will not be available 30 minutes after school dismissal on these dates.

    Further details are included in the links below:

    School Year 2020-2021 Calendar Revised
    Early Release Presentation


    Safety reminders 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:

    CDC travel advisories and resources


    Student mental health resources

    Provided by the District Mental Health and Wellness Committee in partnership with the Pastoral Institute*


    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.


    December topic: Grief

    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.


    Additional resources:


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

  • 11
    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 is updated each Friday and accessible on the District’s COVID-19 website.

    Muscogee County School District
    COVID-19 school-based active cases
    Week of December 7-11, 2020

    Category Description

    #

    Total enrolled students

    31,516

    Total in-person students

    16,605

    In-person student positive cases*

    28

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

    515

    Total employees

    5,175

    Total school-based employees

    3,549

    School-based employee positive cases***

    7

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

    90


    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 14-day quarantine or isolation period endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    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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  • 10
    Mercedes Parham

    Columbus, GA- The Muscogee County School District is proud to recognize the achievement and status of the Georgia School Boards Association’s (GSBA) 2020 Exemplary School Board recognition for the Muscogee County School Board of Education.

    “The 2020 GSBA Exemplary Board Award recognition is well deserved and I am proud of the Board’s leadership in remaining focused on maintaining a safe learning and working environment during the uncertain times of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Pat Hugley-Green, Muscogee County School Board Chair and GSBA President.

    This recognition program is three-tiered and designed to showcase best practices in school governance and leadership. GSBA recognizes good school board governance to foster educational community cultures in order to advance student learning and achievement. The three recognition levels are Quality, Distinguished, and Exemplary. Exemplary is the highest level. The Muscogee County School Board of Education met and/or exceeded the criteria set forth by GSBA to earn the honor of a 2020 Exemplary Board.

    “We commend our Board of Education on achieving this distinguished honor. This recognition is a testament to the individual and collective commitment our board members demonstrate as a governance team in support of our District’s critical mission and vision,” said Dr. David Lewis, Superintendent of Education.

    Georgia superintendents and board members developed the GSBA Governance Team Recognition Program in 1998 based on the state board of education’s standards for effective governance to recognize exemplary leadership.

    The mission of the Georgia School Boards Association is to ensure excellence in the governance of local school systems by providing leadership, advocacy and services, and by representing the collective resolve of Georgia’s elected boards of education.

    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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  • 4
    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 is updated each Friday and accessible on the District’s COVID-19 website.



    Muscogee County School District

    COVID-19 school-based active cases

    November 23-December 4, 2020


    Category Description

    #

    Total enrolled students

    31,534

    Total in-person students

    16,859

    In-person student positive cases*

    11

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

    294

    Total employees

    5,175

    Total school-based employees

    3,550

    School-based employee positive cases***

    13

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

    63


    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 14-day quarantine or isolation period endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    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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  • 4
    Mercedes Parham

    Choice model plan declarations: Notify your student’s school of any changes to your current declaration for virtual or in-person instruction before 12:00 noon, December 8, 2020. Due to testing and end of year preparation, choice model preferences will remain in effect for the full spring semester (January 6-May 21, 2021).


    Gifted referral window: Parents and teachers can refer students through the online application located on the MCSD Families Page now through 12:00 a.m. (midnight), Monday, December 21, 2020. This will be the only referral window for the 2020 - 2021 school year.

    Application link: https://apps.muscogee.k12.ga.us/Gifted/

    Safety reminders 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:


    CDC travel advisories and resources


    Additional resources:


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

  • November - 2020
  • 20
    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 is updated each Friday and accessible on the District’s COVID-19 website.

    Muscogee County School District

    COVID-19 school-based active cases

    Week of November 16-20, 2020


    Category Description

    #

    Total enrolled students

    31,344
    Total in-person students

    16,697
    In-person student positive cases*

    5
    In-person student self-quarantine or isolation cases**

    315
    Total employees

    5,175
    Total school-based employees

    3,559
    School-based employee positive cases***

    7
    School-based employee self-quarantine or isolation cases****

    32


    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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  • 20
    Mercedes Parham

    View a message from our Superintendent HERE

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION & REMINDERS



    Choice model plan declarations:
    Notify your student’s school of any changes to your current declaration for virtual or in-person instruction before 12:00 noon, December 8, 2020. Due to testing and end of year preparation, choice model preferences will remain in effect for the full spring semester (January 6-May 21, 2021).

    Gifted referral window: Parents and teachers can refer students through the online application located on the MCSD Families Page. This will be the only referral window for the 2020 - 2021 school year.


    Safety reminders 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:

    CDC travel advisories and resources


    Student mental health resources

    Provided by the District Mental Health and Wellness Committee in partnership with the Pastoral Institute*

    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.

    November topic: anxiety
    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.


    Additional resources:


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

  • 17
    Mercedes Parham

    Dear MCSD Parents/Guardians:

    We are continuing to monitor the outcomes of this ongoing pandemic. As you are likely aware, cases of COVID-19 are currently on the rise throughout our nation and state. We remain in contact with a panel of medical professionals to review our local situation. Although we cannot predict future implications of COVID-19, we try our best to plan and prepare for all possible situations. We especially focus on items that could affect you and your student(s).

    Based on current conditions, we plan to continue with our choice model plan following the Thanksgiving break. However, in the event our outlook shifts while we are away for the holiday break, please help us to prepare accordingly by taking the following steps during the break:

    • Ensure your student brings his/her device and instructional materials home.
    • Ensure all devices remain in a safe place to avoid damage or theft during the break.
    • Begin coordinating any alternate plans for childcare in case of an urgent change of plans.
    We also plan to continue the choice model plan following winter break. Please make sure you notify your student’s school of any changes to your current declaration for virtual or in-person instruction before 12:00 noon, December 8, 2020. Due to testing and end of year preparation, choice model preferences will remain in effect for the full spring semester (January 6-May 21, 2021).

    Starting December 22, 2020, we will move forward with adjustments to our calendar to include early release days. These days were approved in official action by our Board of Education and will provide our teachers additional time for planning, collaboration, providing student feedback, grading, and parent/student conferencing, etc. Students will be released 2.5 hours ahead of their regular schedule on the following days:

    • Tuesday, December 22, 2020
    • Wednesday, February 3, 2021
    • Tuesday, March 16, 2021
    • Thursday, April 15, 2021
    • Friday, May 21, 2021
    Please plan accordingly for after-school arrangements as student supervision will not be available 30 minutes after school dismissal on these dates. Further details are included with the links to the adjusted calendar and board presentation below.

    School Year 2020-2021 Calendar Revised
    Early Release Presentation

    Despite the challenges and hardships resulting from the pandemic, we hope you and yours enjoy a safe and restful break, and we look forward to welcoming your student back, according to his/her choice model plan, Monday, November 30, 2020.

    Please contact your school family with any questions or concerns.


    Sincerely,


    David F. Lewis, Ed.D.

    Superintendent of Education

    Muscogee County School District

  • 17
    Ronald E Pleasant

    Here is a link to the video presentation from Wynnton Arts Academy from the 11/16/20 Board of Education meeting.

  • 13
    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 November 9-13, 2020

    Category Description

    #

    Total enrolled students

    31,517

    Total in-person students

    20,459

    In-person student positive cases*

    8

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

    344

    Total employees

    5,175

    Total school-based employees

    3,562

    School-based employee positive cases***

    5

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

    35





    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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