• HOW DO I ENROLL MY CHILD IN FULL-TIME AT-HOME VIRTUAL LEARNING THROUGH GORDON COUNTY SCHOOLS?

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    Before selecting the at-home virtual option, families should consider the child’s study habits and motivation, learning support at home, and other factors that may impact his or her success with virtual learning.  For continued planning, GCS is asking families to state their intent regarding enrollment in at-home virtual learning for the coming school year.  A link to apply for at-home virtual learning will be sent to GCS families and posted to our website on July 6.  Any currently enrolled student who has not indicated intent to participate in the at-home virtual learning option by noon on July 13 will be considered a traditionally-enrolled student who plans to attend school in-person beginning August 12.

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  • WHAT IF MY FAMILY DECIDES THE IN-PERSON OPTION IS NOT BEST FOR US AT THIS TIME?

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    Because we realize each family will face different concerns and challenges when school resumes on August 12, GCS also plans to offer a full-time, at-home virtual option for the 2020-21 school year. Students will be provided with a school-system iPad.  However, this option requires the student to have consistent, reliable access to the internet. GCS is exploring a variety of models for full-time virtual learning. The number of students requesting full-time virtual school at different grade levels will determine which model is chosen. ​The model developed and implemented may be a combination of a virtual platform with GCS teacher support or solely a virtual platform. Families should also understand that the choice to pursue at-home virtual learning requires a commitment to the program for a specified amount of time.  Elementary students will have the option to return to in-person instruction after completing 9 weeks of full-time at-home learning, and middle and high school may return after one semester.  Please note that gifted and Advanced Placement courses may not be offered virtually, and students who wish to participate in extracurricular activities/athletics should not choose the virtual at-home learning option.  

    The new version of virtual at-home learning will be refined from what families experienced during our recent school closures. If the virtual at-home option is chosen, attendance and student online engagement will be recorded, assignments will be graded, and grading practices appropriate for a full-time virtual classroom will be utilized. ​Additionally, parents/guardians and students who choose this option will be required to participate in a virtual school orientation session.

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  • WHAT IF THERE IS A RESURGENCE OF COVID-19 ONCE SCHOOL STARTS BACK?

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    The in-person instructional setting may require modifications at certain points throughout the year if there is a resurgence of the virus based on Department of Public Health and CDC information. This could be on a school-by-school basis or system-wide, if the number of cases rises to a level that affects school operations.

    Dependent upon the severity of the spread, there may be a need for a temporary modified schedule to limit the number of students on campus each day. If this becomes necessary, it would affect grades 6 – 12 and allow for students to receive intermittent face-to-face instruction, while significantly reducing the number of students in classrooms and allowing more social distancing. Pre-K through 5th grade should be on campus every day, unless the GCS community enters a substantial spread situation (red) that would require school closure for all. However, under these circumstances, elementary students will see additional modifications in the school building to allow for fewer transitions and more social distancing among students.

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  • WHAT DOES AN IN-PERSON RETURN TO SCHOOL LOOK LIKE FOR GORDON COUNTY SCHOOLS?

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    Recently, the Georgia Department of Education released a document entitled “Georgia’s Path to Recovery for K-12 Schools”, which outlines guidance for reopening schools based upon three levels of spread for the virus – green indicates little to no spread, yellow is minimal to moderate spread, and red is substantial spread. Community spread levels will be determined by Department of Public Health officials and will be based upon our community’s specific data.  For further information and details of this guidance, please visit https://www.georgiainsights.com/recovery.html

    When the GCS community is in the green or yellow levels, Gordon County Schools plans to operate on a traditional schedule with modifications for health and safety, including limiting visitors to schools, providing additional distancing to the extent feasible and practical, practicing heightened cleaning protocols, and making hand sanitizer available. Upon returning to school, face coverings/masks may be worn but are not required at this time. Additionally, bus transportation will be offered for students attending school in-person, and the school system will provide information regarding health and safety when riding the bus. The After School Program will also be offered at all of our elementary schools, with protocols for prevention in place. School meals (breakfast and lunch) will be offered to students while attending school for in-person instruction.

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  • WILL GORDON COUNTY SCHOOLS RETURN TO SCHOOL ON SCHEDULE FOR THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR?

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    Currently, Gordon County Schools (GCS) is busy planning for a safe reopening of schools on August 12. Our intent is to welcome back all students, Pre-K through 12th grade, on a traditional, in-person Monday through Friday schedule, with prevention protocols in place that follow health and safety guidelines outlined by the Department of Public Health and CDC. Protocols and procedures for opening may change as we continue to receive information from state and local officials and monitor data on the community spread of COVID-19 in our area.

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  • WHEN CAN I PICK UP MY CHILD'S PERSONAL ITEMS, WORK, ELECTRONIC DEVICES FROM SCHOOL?

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    UPDATE:  ADDITIONAL TIMES WILL BE ADDED TO PICK UP PACKETS FOR EXTENDED CLOSURES.  PACKETS ARE NOT NEEDED FOR THOSE WHO HAVE ACCESS TO THE INTERNET. 

    Personal items, medications, student work packets, and student devices can be picked up at the student’s school during the following times:

    • Monday, March 16*
      • 7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

    *PRINTED COPIES OF ASSIGNMENTS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE UNTIL AFTER 12:30 P.M. ON THIS DATE.

    • Tuesday, March 17
      • 7 a.m.-9 a.m.
      • 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
      • 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
    • Wednesday, March 18
      • 7 a.m.-9 a.m.
      • 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
      • 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

    * PLEASE NOTE: If no one is available to pick up items for students during the posted times, please call the school to make other arrangements.

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  • HOW WILL MY CHILD CONTINUE TO HAVE INSTRUCTION WHILE SCHOOL IS CLOSED/HOW DOES ONLINE LEARNING WORK?

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    We will provide instructional activities through online learning and will make hard copies available to students as needed. Families should plan to contact their child’s school to obtain hard copies of assignments or to pick up devices for student use. Other information will be provided to students through Schoology, the district’s learning management system.

    For detailed information on how to access Schoology, see the Gordon County Schools Online Learning Resource Document or visit our website at gcbe.org/online. Teachers will be available through the online resources available to students and will hold online office hours, as advertised. The expectation is that students will stay current in completing assignments. If a student has an extenuating circumstance that will prevent him/her from meeting this expectation, families need to contact the teacher or school for guidance.

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  • CAN MY CHILD STILL GET BREAKFAST AND LUNCH THROUGH THE SCHOOLS?

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    YES.  CLICK HERE FOR THE MEAL SERVICE SCHEDULE AND DETAILS FOR OBTAINING MEALS.  SHOULD YOUR CHILD HAVE A NEED FOR MEALS OUTSIDE OF WHAT IS PROVIDED THROUGH THIS SCHEDULE, PLEASE CALL YOUR CHILD'S SCHOOL.  

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  • WILL I BE ABLE TO CONTACT SOMEONE BY PHONE AT MY CHILD'S SCHOOL DURING THE SCHOOL CLOSINGS?

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    Yes.  All phones are being forwarded to numbers where calls can be received or voicemails can be left and messages returned. 

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  • WILL MY CHILD STILL BE ABLE TO RECEIVE SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES DURING ONLINE LEARNING?

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    During the closure, consideration will be given to special education students by providing opportunities for students with disabilities to have equal access to the continuing education program and receive educational benefits that are comparable to those received by general education students.  Special Education students will receive support through phone contacts with teachers, digital learning and packets that are appropriate for their learning. 

    Instructional videos, phone tutoring, and video chatting may also be provided to support our students.   If your child has an IEP due during the closure, you will be contacted by your child's teacher to set up a phone meeting so that you may have an opportunity to take part in their annual review. 

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  • WILL THE DEADLINE FOR PRE-K REGISTRATION FOR 2020-2021 BE EXTENDED?

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    YES.  For families who are planning to turn in packets for PreK registration for the 20-21 school year, the deadline will be extended to accommodate our school closings.  As soon as a new deadline has been established, we will post the information to our website and social media.

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  • HOW LONG WILL SCHOOL BE CLOSED DUE TO COVID-19?

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    In consideration of Governor Kemp’s executive order issued on March 16, as well as the latest guidance from the CDC, Calhoun City and Gordon County Schools will remain closed through spring break, which ends on April 10. Teachers will make contact with students in order to continue instructional activities through April 3. No assignments will be given the week of spring break. As we gain additional information from state and local officials, we will reassess and determine if additional time is needed beyond this date.

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  • WILL MY SCHOOL RELATED ACTIVITY, EVENT, OR FIELD TRIP BE CANCELLED OR POSTPONED?

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    All school special events scheduled between now and April 13th will be canceled and/or postponed.  This includes parent-teacher conferences, musicals, concerts, etc. Upon students’ return to school, we are asking that visitors respect our desire to keep our students and staff safe and refrain from coming to school for lunch or other daily events within the school until further notice. 

    All field trips for the remainder of the year are cancelled.  Details on refunds will be made available to you as soon as they are determined.  

    All athletic practices and games are suspended through March 27th and will be re-evaluated at that time in cooperation with the Georgia High School Association and Middle School Athletic Associations.

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  • WHAT IF I DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO THE INTERNET FOR MY CHILD TO COMPLETE ONLINE ASSIGNMENTS?

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    We will provide instructional activities through online learning and will make hard copies available to students as needed. Families should plan to contact their child’s school to obtain hard copies of assignments or to pick up devices for student use.

    Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, Comcast is offering 2 months free to new Internet Essentials customers in response to recent and anticipated emergency measures associated with the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Visit https://www.internetessentials.com/covid19 or call 1-855-8-INTERNET (1-855-846-8376) for more information.  

    Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.

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  • DO I NEED TO PICK UP A PACKET OF WORK OR A DEVICE IF I HAVE MY OWN DEVICE & ACCESS TO THE INTERNET?

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    No.  While we are working hard to ensure that all of students have access to resources, the preferred method for delivery of instruction is online learning.  This allows teachers to interact with students to ensure they understand the lessons.  Schoology can be accessed from anywhere and from any device where there are internet capabilities.  

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  • CAN I ONLY USE MY SCHOOL iPAD TO DO ONLINE LEARNING?

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    • No.  Any device that you have that will connect to the internet can be used for online learning- even your gaming consoles!
    • Schoology can be accessed on consoles that have internet browsers equipped, and are connected to the internet. For example, on the Xbox One they would use Microsoft Edge and on Playstation 4 they would use the Internet Browser. Additionally (on these two particular systems) they can plug a USB keyboard into the system for ease of use.
    • For directions on how to login to Schoology from the internet, visit our ONLINE LEARNING webpage.



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