UPDATED: Cobb Schools Coronavirus Guidance

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.

We will continue to keep our community updated through this page as the most up-to-date source of information related to COVID-19’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

Latest update from special called Board meeting on July 2nd

During a special called meeting on July 2, the Cobb County School District Board of Education voted to delay the start of the 2020-2021 school year until August 17th in response to a recommendation by Superintendent Chris Ragsdale.

Delaying the start of school year will give Cobb students, parents, teachers, and principals time to prepare for the 2020-2021 school year as District staff reviews updated guidance from public health officials. 

“We are looking forward to welcoming Cobb students back to school. We are ready to see learning taking place but the health and safety of our students and staff is always our first priority. I am thankful to the Board for recognizing that a brief delay to the start of school year will give our students and staff the best opportunity for a successful school year,” said Superintendent Chris Ragsdale. 

Last week, during the June BOE meeting, the Superintendent announced that the District would be asking parents to choose between a “Face-to-Face” or “Full Remote” learning model for the first semester of the 2020-2021 school year. 

In anticipation of Thursday, July 2’s special-called Board of Education meeting, the District decided to postpone the window for parents to select a model for the upcoming school year. 

Students and parents will be notified of an updated timeline to make their decision, with details concerning the 2020-2021 school year, as soon as it becomes available. 

The Superintendent and District staff remain in close conversation with public health officials and remain committed to decision-making which prioritizes student and staff safety while giving families the flexibility to make choices that are best for them. 

All staff will report on their regularly scheduled date.

2020 Graduation Ceremonies

During the June Board of Education meeting, Cobb Schools Superintendent Chris Ragsdale announced that traditional in-person Commencement Ceremonies will take place for all Cobb high schools.  

All ceremonies will take place between July 13 and July 24 at Cantrell Stadium on the campus of McEachern High School located at 2400 New Macland Road, Powder Springs, GA 30127. 

For the schedule and additional information visit Cobb Schools to Celebrate Class of 2020 with July Graduation Ceremonies article and the District’s Commencement web page.

Cobb Schools 2020-2021 School Year: 

After months of planning and understanding how student and staff needs have changed as a result of COVID-19 closures, Superintendent Chris Ragsdale announced that Cobb Schools will open for face-to-face instruction with parents being able to choose a traditional classroom or a remote learning classroom. 

This format represents the best solution which balances our two most important priorities: the health and safety of our students and staff and student learning. 

In preparation for our “face-to-face plus choice” model, we will be asking you to choose the classroom environment which is best for you and your family. If your student is new to the District for the upcoming school year, they must first be registered as a CCSD student, which can be completed here. Once the school approves your registration, your ParentVUE account will automatically be activated.  If you already have a student enrolled in the District but do not have an active ParentVUE account, you will need to contact your student’s school for activation.

More details are available here.

Feeding Students During Summer: 

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 through July 20th.

Summer School: 

Cobb Schools will offer High School Summer School Credit Recovery opportunities through distance learning for Summer 2020 using a blended learning approach. The blended model includes Grad Point modules with regularly scheduled direct instruction (via Zoom or Teams) from CCSD certified and experienced teachers. If the opportunity to connect with students in a face-to-face environment becomes available, additional on-site help sessions will be offered at Wheeler High school. Summer School is only open to currently enrolled Cobb Schools students. 

Online Registration: May 4th through June 2nd.  

Teacher & Student Orientation sessions: June 8th through June 11th  

Summer School Dates: June 15th through June 30th (9:00-3:00) 

Cost: $500 for 1.0 credit and $250 for 0.5 credit. 

If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Crooks at cheryl.crooks@cobbk12.org or Lori Horn at lori.horn@cobbk12.org

Athletics:

Based on guidance from Governor Brian Kemp, the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) has issued guidelines to allow training and conditioning to begin starting June 8. GHSA’s guidelines are then enacted by each Georgia school district as they see fit.

In the Cobb County School District, training activities can return on June 15 for Fall sports only, but only under very controlled conditions. “These activities will consist of weight-training and conditioning only,” said Don Baker, Cobb Schools Director of Athletic. “All workouts are 100% voluntary. I can’t stress that enough. We are not mandating that anyone must return for these workouts.”

To limit the spread of germs, water fountains and locker rooms will be strictly off-limits. All participating athletes and coaches will be required to have their temperature checked and will be asked to answer COVID-19 exposure questions. For more information, visit Cobb Sporting News.  

Social Distancing:

Based on public health guidance, GHSA has approved schools to have groups of 20 conduct conditioning and workouts.

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 cleaned classrooms, hallways, and buses.  

Travel and School Events Canceled: 

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.  

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.