Per Governor, Cobb Schools will Remain Closed Through End of 2019-2020 School Year
We have been committed to keeping our community updated about the rapidly developing situation with COVID-19. Throughout the process, we have relied on guidance from the Georgia Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as our state leaders.
In accordance with Governor Kemp’s 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 public schools and colleges in the state of Georgia will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.
School closures continue to include athletics/sports, extracurricular school activities, proms, school building activities, and trips.
While our school buildings are closed, the education process has not stopped. All staff are working remotely to best support students, including delivering digital and physical instructional resources to students while they’re at home.
We will continue to keep our community updated through this page as the most up-to-date source of information related to the coronavirus’s impact on Cobb Schools.
“We continue to make decisions based first on student and staff safety and in consultation with the Georgia Department of Health and the Governor’s office.” — Superintendent Chris Ragsdale
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.
Plans for 2020-2021
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a constantly changing environment, guessing what it will look like in two weeks or in two months is not possible. Staff continues to prepare for every scenario and, when public health guidance is provided and confirms the best option for all students, we will communicate to you directly by text, email, social media, and District website.
4-Day a Week Digital Learning Schedule
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.
What can the School Community Expect for the Remainder of the 2019-2020 School year?
During this unpredictable time, teaching and learning will obviously look different than it did before. For the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, teaching and learning will be centered on digital support for students’ academic, emotional, and social needs.
With Governor Kemp’s announcement that all Georgia public schools will be closed for the remainder of this 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.
Physical content for students who do not have digital access is available at these locations 24hrs/day Tuesday – Sunday.
- Acworth Elementary
- Bryant Elementary
- Campbell HS
- Compton Elementary
- East Cobb Middle
- Garrett Middle
- Osborne High
- Riverside Intermediate
Completion of the physical content is optional and meant for enrichment – these are not meant to be turned back to your local schools. Thank you.
Attendance and Grading during COVID-19 Closures
Based on the recommendation from the Georgia Department of Education, Cobb Schools has issued the following guidance regarding digital learning days:
- All students will be considered present (no students should be marked absent)
- No students’ grades at the end of the second semester can be lower than the grades received on Friday, March 13, 2020.
- Students will have 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).
- Students in K-8 will be reported as pass/fail. High school courses will be reported as grades for GPA calculation purposes.
- Work submitted after March 13th may 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).
- Any student who was on track to graduate on Friday, March 13, 2020 will be allowed to receive credit for all courses for which they were enrolled on or before March 13th.
This guidance is consistent with the approach that Georgia Superintendent Richards Woods is taking by waiving mandated state testing and accountability requirements so teachers can focus on student learning, not grades, formulas, and calculations. See the GaDOE press release for detailed information. As mentioned in the release, the GaDOE has suspended the following until further notice:
- State assessment window/administration (including Georgia Milestones EOGs and EOCs, the Georgia Alternate Assessment/GAA 2.0, and all other required testing
- Teacher and leader evaluation (TKES/LKES) requirements and reporting
- State-level attendance-related consequences (including CCRPI, TKES/LKES, School Climate Star Rating, and make-up day requirements)
Specific questions about how these decisions impact you or your student’s individual grade should be directed to your teacher and/or principal.
Feeding Students while School is Closed:
To continue to support Cobb students while schools are closed, the Cobb County School District is pleased to announce that the District is extending its partnership with MUST Ministries to provide food to our students in need. The District and non-profit have built a long-term solution 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 distributions will take place on Tuesday, May 26. The first day of the meal distributions was Monday, March 23. Weekly meal distributions will continue through the end of the scheduled 2019-2020 school year. Plan de Comida de Cobb en Español
Breakfast and Lunch School Distribution Locations on Mondays 11 am – 1 pm: (Because Monday 5/25 is Memorial Day, meal distributions will take place the following day on Tuesday 5/26 The change only applies to that week.) Effective, 5/26, Smyrna Elementary School will replace Campbell High School’s food distribution site. Mableton Elementary will replace Riverside Intermediate.
Facility Maintenance and Cleanliness:
The District continues to implement all best practices and materials at our disposal to keep each facility as clean as possible. Cobb maintenance personnel have worked around the clock to make sure each school is clean for students and staff by cleaning surfaces ( e.g., doorknobs, light switches, countertops ) with effective cleaning solutions. Whenever the District re-opens, students and staff will be walking into thoroughly clean classrooms, hallways, and buses.
The CDC now recommends no gathering of 10 or more people. As such, the Cobb County School District will not be hosting sanctioned events where 10 or more people will be gathered.
All permanent salaried and hourly employees will be paid on time while school buildings and district offices are closed. Your support for our students is vital to our District’s success, and we know it will continue as you work from home.
Staff Travel Restrictions:
All non-essential, work-related travel for all employees has been suspended for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year.
Student 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. As of March 16th, the Georgia Department of Education suspended all assessment, attendance, Teacher Keys, Leader Keys, and accountability requirements for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year. These include items like: make-up day requirements, Georgia Milestones, Georgia Alternative Assessments, CCRPI, and School Climate Star Rating
Travel and School Events Cancelled:
All Cobb Schools related travel and events, for students and staff, were canceled starting Monday, March 16. This policy will remain in effect until further notice.
Virtual school options
With one of the longest-running virtual academies in the country, for almost two decades Cobb has been delivering instruction to students through traditional and virtual classrooms. Cobb
teachers continue to deliver content to students digitally through a variety of digital tools and resources. Specific guidance has been provided by each local school in Cobb County.
Additionally, for students who do not have access to the internet from home, Comcast has made Xfinity WiFi Free For Everyone in Cobb County.
Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi. Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots, and then launch a browser.
We continue to encourage students, staff, and parents to separate fact from fear by listening to guidance from public health officials through resources found on the Cobb Schools COVID-19 Resource Page.
The Cobb County School District will continue to follow the guidance from the CDC and DPH and will communicate updates to our employees and community regularly through this link. Check regularly for up-to-date information and guidance provided by the Cobb County School District.