VAL Parents and Students,
The End-of-Course Milestones tests are still required by the state of Georgia and currently count 20% of the student’s course grade. Because of this, Gordon County Schools are still required to administer these tests to all students, including our virtual learners. Students who do not test risk failing their courses without an EOC score. Your VAL child needs to come to the school on the scheduled dates for the EOC course he or she may have; no materials are needed, but a mask is highly encouraged and will also be provided on-site.
Our goal is to create a safe environment and we highly encourage your child to wear a mask at all times during testing. The testing area will be cleaned and disinfected before and after each day. You will need to arrange transportation to and from the testing session, which will occur in the media center. Your child should arrive between 8:15 and 8:30 so testing can begin at 8:30. VAL students will not be allowed to ride the bus or remain on-campus following testing. Test times are listed, and when a student completes testing, he or she will be allowed to exit to the front lobby and wait for pick-up.
If a student has test accommodations (small group or extended time), he or she will be allowed to eat lunch “at no cost” between sessions. Approximate times listed are doubled. Small group/extended time students will test in a different location and be appropriately spaced.
Thank you for understanding these state-mandated requirements for testing. Please contact Mr. Brian Hall at 706-629-7391 or email@example.com if you have any questions, concerns, or need additional clarification. The Georgia Board of Education continues to discuss what percentage these EOCs will count toward final grades, but its current weight makes it imperative your child take it to pass and receive credit for that course.
Wednesday, Dec. 2 - American Lit Section 1 - 90 minutes
Thursday, Dec. 3 - American Lit Sections 2 and 3 - 160 minutes total
Monday, Dec. 7 - Algebra 1 Section 1 - 65 minutes
Tuesday, Dec. 8 - Algebra 1 Section 2 - 65 minutes
Wednesday, Dec. 9 - Biology Sections 1 and 2 - 80 minutes total
Thursday, Dec. 10 - US History Sections 1 and 2 - 70 minutes total
Gordon County Schools is trying to make sure that high school students have access to food while on the hybrid schedule for the next few weeks. Arrangements are currently being made for students not scheduled to be in the building next week (students with last names beginning L – Z) to pick-up 5 days of breakfast and lunch this Friday (October 23).
Students or parents/guardians of students with last names beginning L – Z who plan to pick-up meals this Friday, October 23 please complete the form found here by 5pm today (Wednesday, October 21) to help us get an idea of the number of meals we need to have ready to distribute.
Going forward, students who are in the building will be able to take the 5-day meal package home on Fridays prior to their week of on-line learning, so students or parent/guardians of students with the last names beginning A – K do not need to complete the form.
October 16, 2020
From the Desk of Nicole Head, Director of School Nutrition
Meal Service for Gordon Central High School and Sonoraville High School during Virtual Learning and Hybrid Learning:
• For the week of 10/19 through 10/23 Breakfast and Hot Lunch Meals will be provided for GCHS and SHS Students free of charge available in the Bus Loop for pick up from 10:30am to 12:15pm, Monday thru Friday. Students are encouraged to come to their respective high schools, but if there is another school closer- they are able to go pick up from that location as well.
• For the week of 10/26-11/30 when students return to campus for Hybrid learning models at half capacity, the students are highly encouraged to eat in their cafeterias where Breakfast and Lunch are provided Free of charge. For the students who will be on opposite schedules and doing distance learning only for the first week 10/26-10/30 those students are encouraged to pick up a Free breakfast and Hot lunch from their High school or a close by school.
• ***Each Friday during the Hybrid model of learning, students on campus will be given bags to bring home meals for their 5 days of distance learning. The bags will include 5 full breakfast meals and 5 full lunch meals with heating instructions, similar to what was done during COVID feedings in March. The bags that students will bring home will be completely FREE of charge, students are highly encouraged to take bags home with them!!
Special note: All of our kitchen managers and staff members follow ServSafe guidelines and local health code regulations to provide the safest, most nutritious meals possible to your students.
We have just received confirmation from the Gordon County Sheriff's office that the manhunt in Resaca is over and the suspect is in custody. Therefore, we will resume normal operations for all Gordon County schools and bus routes for tomorrow, September 10. We sincerely apologize for any confusion these messages may have caused, but we are grateful that our students and families are safe from the threat.
We apologize for the lateness of the hour; however, we have an important announcement concerning Tolbert Elementary School and related bus routes. Working with the Gordon County Sheriff's office, we have made the decision to close Tolbert Elementary School tomorrow, September 10 due to the ongoing manhunt in the Resaca area. We also will not run any Tolbert bus routes. This includes TES 1-9 for Tolbert students and those students who attend Gordon Central or Ashworth Middle. Ashworth Middle School and Gordon Central High School students may be dropped off at school, as these schools will run a normal schedule. Tolbert Elementary is the only school closing at this time.
As always, Gordon County Schools is concerned for the safety and well-being of all of our students. We urge everyone to take necessary precautions and heed the warnings of local law enforcement officials as they continue to monitor this situation.
SchoolCafé Meal Payment Changes
Please note that the software system for School Nutrition is a new one this school year. MyPaymentsPlus is no longer being used; we have changed to SchoolCafé to manage payments for school lunch accounts. Please visit www.schoolcafe.com or download the SchoolCafe mobile app for your smart phone. If you have any questions, contact the School Nutrition Office at 706-879-5011 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gordon Central Parents and Guardians:
All students in 9th through 12th grade will be provided with an iPad as an instructional tool and will have the opportunity to take the iPad home for the 2020-2021 school year.
If your child has never taken an iPad home or is new to Gordon Central, you must complete the form attached below. Each student is responsible for the one-time $25 iPad insurance fee if they wish to take the iPad home. If assistance is needed for hardship or in the case of multiple students, please fill out an iPad insurance fee scholarship application provided below.
2020-2021 GCHS Deployment Forms:
The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) continues to work diligently with health care providers, local public health departments and many other health partners in response to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. For this reason, DPH has decided to revise its rules and POSTPONE implementation of the high school meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4) booster dose requirement from July 1, 2020, to July 1, 2021.
Effective July 1, 2021, children 16 years of age and older, who are entering the 11th grade (including new entrants), must have received one booster dose of the meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4), unless their initial dose was administered on or after their 16th birthday.
We strongly recommend that students and families reach out to their healthcare provider to discuss all recommended vaccinations, including the MCV4 vaccine.
The Department of Public Health of Georgia (DPH) continues to work diligently with health care providers, local public health departments and many other health partners in response to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic of 2019. For this reason, DPH decided to review its rules and the POSTPONE implementation of the Combined High School Meningococcus Vaccine reinforcement requirement (MCV4) from July 1, 2020 to 1 July 2021.
As of July 1, 2021, children 16 years old and older entering 11th grade (including newly admitted) should have received a dose of reinforcement of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4), unless your starting dose has been administered in or afterwards turns 16
We strongly recommend that students and families communicate with their health care provider to analyse all recommended vaccines, including the MCV4. vaccine.