REFLECTING ON COVID-19 SCHOOL CLOSURE

  • As we are winding down what was scheduled as the last week of school, I want to once again thank you for your resilience throughout the last couple of months.  We have worked together to bring the children of our school system the best education possible under these unprecedented circumstances. 

    Unfortunately, the guidelines that have been put in place by the state of Georgia for summer camps will prevent many of our traditional activities from taking place during the month of June, but we will continue to offer ways for children to enrich their learning virtually. As a system we are busy planning ways we will bridge the learning gap caused by our recent school closure. I strongly believe the key to increased student success is Reading. With this in mind, we are promoting summer reading to begin bridging the gap for our students K-12.  We are also hosting a virtual STEAM camp June 1st-4th in conjunction with our College and Career Academy.  Look for details on these activities and more on our website and social media pages in the next week.  As we move into June, we will examine any updated health and safety protocols in hopes of providing opportunities for in-person camps for July and early August.

    For now, we need your assistance as our school system reflects and plans for the future.  We have developed a short survey asking our students, parents and teachers to provide us feedback on things that went well and things that would have made this experience more successful.  The survey also asks questions that will guide us as we plan for what school might look like this fall.   Our system would greatly benefit from you taking a few moments to complete this survey and providing us with your insight into how our system handled the COVID-19 school closures and how best to support our students moving forward. 

    You can find the survey below. All survey responses will remain anonymous, and the survey will close on Tuesday, May 26.  Thank you for your willingness to participate in this important process.

    I wish each of you a summer full of fun and laughter.  To our retirees, best wishes on your next adventures, and thank you for your years of dedicated service to educating our children.  Seniors, go out and do great things.  We will be watching your success as you become proud alumni of Gordon County Schools.

    All summer we will work to continue to support our families and prepare our buildings for a safe return. Rest assured that we will be ready and prepared to serve you when school reopens. I am truly thankful for your confidence in and support of our school system. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you.

    Have a great summer!

    Kimberly M. Fraker, Ed. D.

    Superintendent