The first week back at school for Cobb Schools students was very different this year. Rather than meeting their teachers, finding their classrooms, and reuniting with friends in the hallways, Cobb students were using laptops and tablets to join their classes.
Cobb School District is the second-largest school district in Georgia, which presents unique challenges. Normally, more than 100,000 students and 17,000 staff members would have reported to one of 112 school buildings around the county, but this year they all reported to the same place: CTLS Learn.
The decision to keep students home and utilize remote learning was a difficult one, but not one that Superintendent Chris Ragsdale regrets. “Student health and safety is our number one concern,” he said, “and until we can ensure that our students and teachers can be together in a classroom safely, we will continue to learn remotely.”
The Cobb Teaching and Learning System (CTLS), an online platform that gathers all educational information in one place for students, parents, teachers, and administrators, was utilized as the online learning hub. Students accessed their classes via CTLS Learn, an interactive software that has been nearly a decade in the making.
Despite several challenges early on, the CTLS Learn platform performed admirably and met expectations. There were some compatibility issues with other software throughout the week that made it difficult for some students to access the system, but the vast majority were able to complete their first week of classes without interruption.
“It was the perfect storm,” said Mr. Ragsdale, “but our Technology Services and Instructional Technology departments did a great job of identifying and fixing the problems as they arose.”
Students also ate well their first week back, thanks to 63,230 meals provided by Cobb’s Food and Nutrition Services (FNS). Parents who took advantage of this new service were overwhelmed by the amount and quality of the food included in each box of 10 meals: 5 breakfasts and 5 lunches.
Each week’s meal kit costs $23.99, but those that qualify for the free and reduced-cost programs also qualify for free or reduced-priced kits. The kits are available for pickup between 4-6 every Monday at individual schools. Click here to learn more about this incredible meal value offered by FNS.
“We were excited to provide fresh, wholesome meals for over 6,300 students during our first week of meal service,” said FNS Director, Emily Hanlin. “If you haven’t ordered yet, please give our meal kits a try. You won’t be disappointed.”
FNS meal kits are available to all CCSD families. Adults and non-school age children are also eligible. These kits provide 5 weekdays of food that model the healthy meals normally offered in the school cafes. They include whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as low-fat milk. Visit the FNS website to get started.