Frequently Asked Questions: Cobb Schools & COVID-19

What is coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)?

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China

Have there been any confirmed cased in Cobb County? 

As of April 28, there have been 1,507 confirmed case of COVID-19 in Cobb County. There have been 80 deaths in Cobb County according to the local health department. The Georgia Department of Public Health has reported a total of 24,551 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Georgia, including neighboring counties.

In accordance with Governor Kemp’s most recent guidance and to best prioritize student and staff safety, Cobb Schools will remain closed through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Per executive order from Governor Kemp on April 1, 2020 all K-12 public schools and colleges in the state of Georgia will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.

Digital learning will not occur over spring break which is from April 6th through April 10th.

Food distribution will continue over spring break at all designated sites across Cobb County on Monday, April 6th.

What School(s) have impacted by COVID-19?

In accordance with Governor Kemp’s most recent guidance and to best prioritize student and staff safety, Cobb Schools will remain closed through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Per executive order from Governor Kemp on April 1, 2020 all K-12 public schools and colleges in the state of Georgia will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.

On March 24, the Cobb & Douglas Public Health Department notified the Cobb County School District that students and staff at Lewis Elementary School and Murdock Elementary School were potentially exposed to someone diagnosed with the Coronavirus (COVID-19). A notice from public health officials went out to those who may be impacted. The last day Cobb students were in school was Friday, March 13.

On March 11, the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) notified the Cobb County School District of a positive case of Coronavirus at Kincaid Elementary School. After consulting with public health officials and prioritizing the health of Kincaid students and staff, the District closed Kincaid Elementary for 14 days starting March 12, but the closure was expanded when the District closed all Cobb Schools until further notice.

Cobb Schools closed starting Monday, March 16 at the recommendation of Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.

2020 Graduation Information:

The Cobb County School District recognizes the statewide school closure has been incredibly difficult for everyone in our community. Our high school seniors have been particularly impacted by missing senior trips, final performances and games, and their senior prom. In accordance with public health guidance which continues to limit large groups of people and to best prioritize student and staff safety, Cobb Schools must now postpone our in-person graduation ceremonies originally scheduled for the month of May.

While we do not know what public health guidance will allow for over the next weeks and months, we do know we will recognize and honor the graduating class of 2020 in a memorable way. Both virtual and physical graduation alternatives are being considered, and an update will be communicated by June 1.

Are there any Distance learning options available to students impacted by COVID-19?

See our Academic Resources here:

The District has planned for this scenario and students will be able to access digital classroom content from their teachers using a variety of digital platforms and tools. Teachers will continue teaching so students can continue learning.

With Governor Kemp’s announcement that all Georgia public schools will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, the Cobb County School District will:

  • Provide students with access to digital content, which is aligned to Georgia standards. Over 700,000 high-quality digital resources are being provided to teachers through CTLS Teach.
  • Provide students with access to physical content for students who do not have digital access.
  • Continue to partner with the Cobb Schools Foundation to provide devices for students in need.
  • Ensure student grades are not negatively impacted as a result of COVID-19. No students’ grades at the end of the second semester can be lower than the grades received on Friday, March 13, 2020.
  • Give students a choice to accept their grades as of Friday, March 13, 2020 as final grades for 2019-2020 OR continue to earn grades for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year to improve their grade(s).
  • Report grades as pass/fail for all students in all K-8 courses. High school courses will be reported as grades for GPA calculation purposes.
  • Continue to provide academic, emotional, and social support for student needs for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.
  • Allow work submitted after March 13th to be used for grades or to measure what students know. Specific directions will be provided by your principal. Any work submitted will only have a positive impact on a student’s grade(s).
  • Allow any student who was on track to graduate on Friday, March 13, 2020 to receive credit for all courses for which they were enrolled on or before March 13th.

What will the Digital Learning Schedule look like for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year?

Beginning Monday, April 13, 2020, for all Cobb County students, and for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year, digital learning will occur on a Monday through Thursday schedule.

Each Friday will be an opportunity for students to independently review their progress from the previous week and to catch-up on assignments as needed. No new work or assignments will be presented to students on Fridays.

How will student attendance records be impacted? Will there still be attendance incentives?

As of March 9, all student attendance incentives, including incentives for awards and finals, for all schools, are suspended for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Attendance incentives prior to March 9 will still be recognized.

Is there a change to the Cobb Schools attendance policy?

Based on the recommendation from the Georgia Department of Educations, Cobb Schools has issued the following guidance regarding digital learning days: (More information is available here.)

  • All students will be considered present (no students should be marked absent)

How will student travel be impacted?

All Cobb Schools related travel (international and domestic) and events, including prom, were cancelled starting Monday, March 16. This policy will remain in effect until further notice.

How will staff travel be impacted?

All non-essential, work-related travel for all employees has been suspended for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year.

How can students access lunch and breakfast while schools are closed?

Cobb Schools has partnered with MUST Ministries to provide students with a 5-day supply of breakfasts and lunches at 8 school locations on Mondays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. except for the week of Memorial Day when food distributions will take place on Tuesday, May 26. The first day of the meal distributions was Monday, March 23. Read more here. ** Please note that the lunch and breakfasts are only being provided each Monday except for Memorial Day week, when distributions will take place on Tuesday. The distributions will include food for the entire school week. ** 

 

When you pick up food at the school distribution sites, do you need a student id or proof of being a Cobb student?

No, anyone under 18 years of age will be provided a meal. Students must be present.

Where can we make donations for the food distributions?

Cobb Schools Food and Nutrition Services cannot take food donations. Please direct food donations directly to MUST. If you would like to make a monetary donation, visit the Cobb Schools Foundation website.

What about food distributions for SID/PID or other medically fragile students? Will they allow a school nurse to pick up?

Unfortunately, the USDA regulations require the child to be present at the meal distribution site

Does Cobb deliver meals at bus stops?

We are providing a drive-through service to limit exposure for everyone including Cobb Schools staff, volunteers, and community members.

How do school closures impact Work Based Learning students?

In accordance with Governor Kemp’s guidance and to best prioritize student and staff safety, as of Monday, March 16th, 2020, Cobb Schools are closed indefinitely. The school closures include all school building activities, athletics/sports, extracurricular school activities, and trips. All other off campus student activities will also be suspended, including, but not limited to, the following: Work Based Learning and Youth Apprenticeship programs, internships (including Magnet Programs), and job shadowing. Monitoring and supervision by CCSD employees will not be available; therefore, work hours will not meet the minimum supervision or safety requirements of the Work Based Learning program guidelines. During the school closure, the grade of any student who is enrolled in Work Based Learning and Youth Apprenticeship programs, internships (including Magnet Programs), and job shadowing will not be affected due to the inability to earn work hours.

Teachers of these courses will share alternative coursework during the closure as needed. The GaDOE Project Manager over WBL suggests alternative virtual assignments for these students such as research related to the occupation, career interest aptitude assessments, or use of the many resources on the internet related to employability skills.

If students, parents, and employers choose to continue the student’s work activity for Work Based Learning and Youth Apprenticeship programs, internships (including Magnet Programs), and job shadowing during the closure, then all parties should be aware that the personal decision to continue work activity is not associated with the Cobb County School District.

What steps is the Cobb County School District taking to protect students and staff?

The District continues to stay in constant communication with Georgia Department of Health officials and will follow their guidance every step of the way in order to keep our students and staff safe. At the recommendation of President Donald Trump, there will be no school events or meetings where 10 or more people are in attendance.

On March 12, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp recommended that schools close for the foreseeable future to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. Following the governor’s recommendation along with guidance from the Georgia Department of Public Health and the CDC, Cobb Schools announced that all district schools and offices would close starting Monday, March 16. The decision to close schools was made with the health of our students and staff as the top priority.

On March 26, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp mandated the continued closure of Georgia schools until at least April 24 to to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Georgia.

In accordance with Governor Kemp’s most recent guidance and to best prioritize student and staff safety, Cobb Schools will remain closed through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Per executive order from Governor Kemp on April 1, 2020 all K-12 public schools and colleges in the state of Georgia will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.

Digital learning will not occur over spring break which is from April 6th through April 10th.

What about facility maintenance and cleanliness?

The District will continue to implement all best practices and materials at our disposal to keep each facility as clean as possible. District protocols follow the guidance of public health officials. Cobb maintenance personnel have worked around the clock to make sure each school is clean for students and staff and are routinely cleaning surfaces ( e.g., doorknobs, light switches, countertops ) with effective cleaning solutions approved by public health officials.

How can parents help?

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness. The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:

  • fever
  • cough
  • shortness of breath

What are ways to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, like COVID-19?

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Contact COVID-19 hotline: The State of Georgia has a new COVID-19 hotline. If you believe that you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, please contact your primary care doctor or an urgent care clinic. Please do not show up unannounced at an emergency room or health care facility.Hotline: (844) 442-2681

Where can I find more information on COVID-19 and how I can keep my family safe and healthy?

CDC Responds to COVID-19

Up-to-Date Information from the Georgia Department of Public Health

Additional Cobb Schools Resources