Cobb is Back: Here’s What You Need to Know for the New School Year

We are excited to welcome students back to Cobb Schools. As shown by the most recent Georgia Milestone scores, where Cobb students outperformed their peers across the state and the metro, Cobb is the best place to teach, lead, and learn,” said Superintendent Chris Ragsdale. “Our team is ready and looking forward to building upon the achievements of last year and once again expanding success for every student in the District this year.”  

Here are some First Day facts about the Cobb County School District and additional tips to help with back to school preparations.  

Did you know… 

  • Cobb is the 2nd largest district in Georgia and 23rd largest school district in the United States  
  • Forbes named Cobb Schools Georgia’s Best K-12 Employer in Georgia 
  • Cobb Schools is the largest employer in Cobb County with more than 18,000 employees 
  • Without raising the millage tax rate, the Cobb Board of Education voted to give all non-temporary employees an historic 8 to 12.6 percent raise.  
  • Cobb continues to be one of the largest debt-free public school systems in the country. 
  • Cobb leads with unparalleled student safety supports including one of the largest school police forces and crisis-management platforms in the state. 
  • Cobb’s Transportation Team surpasses MARTA and won Georgia’s top School Transportation Safety Award.  
  • Cobb students outperformed their peers across the metro and state on the recently Georgia Milestones 

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Tips and Resources to Prepare for Back to School: 

  • The Bus is the safest way to get students to and from school on time 
  • Find your bus route  
  • Don’t forget the yellow tag for bus riders 8 years old or younger 
  • Double-check school start times 
  • School supply lists are available with the local schools 
  • Slow down for school zones 
  • Know when to stop for the bus:  
  • Check school menus here. 
  • Finalize student drop off and pick up plans 
  • Get a good night’s sleep 

New School Principals: 

Get to know the new principals in the Cobb County School District through our New Principal Profile Q&As. In addition to explaining why they chose a career path as an educator and principal; the principals also reveal what they like to do in their free time and what impresses them about their new students and school community.  

Cobb Schools Award-Winning Podcasts Keep Community Informed: 

To help parents, students, and community members learn everything they want to know about the second-largest school district in Georgia, we post new and timely podcasts throughout the school year. The podcasts include interviews with Superintendent Chris Ragsdale, board members, as well as, district leaders, principals, and teachers. The podcasts are available on the school district blogiTunesStitcherSpotify, and Google Play Music.  

Academics Spotlight: Cobb Teaching & Learning System (CTLS) 

The Cobb Teaching & Learning System (CTLS) continues to empower teachers with data so they can make decisions on how to improve success for each student. The digital teaching and learning environment designed by Cobb is a one-of-a-kind, industry-leading learning management platform that helps parents and teachers identify what students know and provides the supports to teach what they don’t know.  

Cobb Schools Transportation 

The bus is the safest way to get kids to and from school, and Cobb Schools is top in school bus safety.  Download the Inside Scoop podcast to hear from Cobb Schools’ Executive Director of Transportation Rick Grisham about school bus transportation for Cobb students.  

  • About 70 percent of Cobb students ride the bus. 
  • Cobb buses travel about 13 million miles over the course of a school year. 

Bus Routes: Bus route information for the 2019-20 school year is posted on the CCSD website: http://www.cobbk12.org/centraloffice/transportation/busroutes.aspx   

Water Allowed August and September For All Students: Due to the extreme heat, water will be allowed on the buses during the months of August and September only. ALL students may bring water in containers with a screw-on lid.  

Cobb Schools Police Department: 

  • Cobb employs 65 police officers dedicated to the safety of each student and school in the District. 
  • The average Cobb County School District Police Officer has more than 26 years of service. That’s 1,690 years of combined service experience.  
  • The District has installed the crisis management system, AlertPoint, in about 20 schools so far. AlertPoint gives each employee the ability to activate an emergency alert anywhere on a school campus. 
  • Cobb’s SafeSchools Alert Tipline provides members of the school community an opportunity to report information about a threat or safety concern. Tips can remain anonymous.  
  • Learn more about how we keep each other safe at http://www.cobbshield.com/ 

Food and Nutrition Services: 

  • We serve more than 11 million meals to students every year. 
  • We serve an estimated 85,000 lunches and 20,000 breakfasts daily. 
  • About 80 percent of elementary and middle schools and almost 70 percent of high school students eat school lunch. 
  • The department continues to win the Golden Radish Award for best practices in farm to school programs. 
  • The F&N team has served over 1,000,000 pounds of fresh and local produce. 
  • Menus for 2019 are available here. 
  • Information about Free and Reduced Lunches is available here.