DISTRICT ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • The Gordon County Schools Board of Education has had the opportunity to review survey feedback and comments from stakeholders and employees of Gordon County Schools. The calendar drafts below represent responses from approximately 650 respondents.

    Respondents shared their thoughts on holidays and school breaks, the start and end dates of each academic year, and other priorities they felt should be considered when designing the academic calendar for future school years. Based on the feedback received from both surveys, the below drafts were designed to reflect many of the suggestions received for the 2022-23, 2023-24, and 2024-25 academic school years.

    2022-23

    • 176 instructional days
    • Staff Flex Days: July 25 – 29, 2022
    • Staff Professional Learning Days: August 1 – 3, 2022
    • First day of school: August 4, 2022
    • Labor Day: September 5, 2022
    • Digital Learning Day: September 16, 2022
    • Fall Break: October 10 – 14, 2022
    • Staff Flex Days: October 13 - 14, 2022
    • Thanksgiving Break: November 21 – 25, 2022
    • Last Day of Fall Semester/Half-Day: December 16, 2022
    • Christmas Break: December 19 – January 3, 2023
    • Staff Flex Day: January 2, 2023
    • Staff Professional Learning Day: January 3, 2023
    • First Day of Spring Semester: January 4, 2023
    • MLK Jr. Day: January 16, 2023
    • Pres. Day/ Winter Break: February 20 – 24, 2023
    • Staff Flex Days: February 22 – 24, 2023
    • Digital Learning Day: March 17, 2023
    • Spring Break: April 3 – 7, 2023
    • Last Day of School/Half-Day: May 24, 2023
    • Staff Professional Learning Days: May 25 – 26, 2023
    • Staff Flex Days: May 30 – June 2, 2023

    *Flex Days: 10-month employees must work 4 of the potential flex days throughout the year*

    2023-24

    • 176 instructional days
    • Staff Flex Days: July 24 – July 28, 2023
    • Staff Professional Learning Days: July 31- August 2, 2023
    • First day of school: August 3, 2023
    • Labor Day: September 4, 2022
    • Digital Learning Day: September 15, 2023
    • Fall Break: October 9 – 13, 2023
    • Staff Flex Days: October 12 - 13, 2023
    • Thanksgiving Break: November 20 – 24, 2023
    • Last Day of Fall Semester/Half-Day: December 15, 2023
    • Christmas Break: December 18 – January 3, 2024
    • Staff Flex Day: January 2, 2024
    • Staff Professional Learning Day: January 3, 2024
    • First Day of Spring Semester: January 4, 2024
    • MLK Jr. Day: January 15, 2024
    • Pres. Day/ Winter Break: February 19-23, 2024
    • Staff Flex Days: February 21 – 23, 2024
    • Digital Learning Day: March 15, 2024
    • Spring Break: April 8 – 12, 2024
    • Last Day of School/Half-Day: May 24, 2024
    • Staff Professional Learning Days: May 28 – 29, 2024
    • Staff Flex Days: May 30 – 31, 2024

    *Flex Days: 10-month employees must work 4 of the potential flex days throughout the year*

    2024-25

    • 176 instructional days
    • Staff Flex Days: July 29 – July 31, 2024
    • Staff Professional Learning Days: August 1 – 5, 2024
    • First day of school: August 6, 2024
    • Labor Day: September 2, 2024
    • Digital Learning Day: September 20, 2024
    • Fall Break: October 14 – 18, 2024
    • Staff Flex Days: October 17 - 18, 2024
    • Thanksgiving Break: November 25 – 29, 2024
    • Last Day of Fall Semester/Half-Day: December 20, 2024
    • Christmas Break: December 23 – January 7, 2025
    • Staff Flex Days: January 2 - 3, 2025
    • Staff Professional Learning Day: January 6, 2025
    • First Day of Spring Semester: January 7, 2025
    • MLK Jr. Day: January 20, 2025
    • Pres. Day/ Winter Break: February 17-21, 2025
    • Staff Flex Days: February 19 – 21, 2025
    • Digital Learning Day: March 21, 2025
    • Spring Break: April 7 – 11, 2025
    • Last Day of School/Half-Day: May 23, 2025
    • Staff Professional Learning Days: May 27 – 28, 2025
    • Staff Flex Days: May 29 – 30, 2025

    *Flex Days: 10-month employees must work 4 of the potential flex days throughout the year*

    Gordon County Schools is seeking public comment prior to the adoption of the drafts of these academic calendars. Please review the proposed academic calendars below. Public comment can be made by filling the survey available at www.gcbe.org/proposedcalendars.

    The survey will be available until Monday, December 6, 2021 at 12:00 PM.
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  • Good morning,

    Today, some Gordon County Schools students & staff notified administration about a message they viewed on a social media platform which threatened violence at an unnamed school in an unnamed system/district.

    Following nationwide trends on social media, generic claims of this type continue to circulate across the country.

    Gordon County Schools emergency response team worked with local law enforcement to investigate the validity of these claims. During the investigation, law enforcement discovered the message was a threat of violence made in another school system/county.

    Thank you to the Gordon County Sheriff’s Office for your support and quick action. Also, thank you to our students, staff and community members for remaining vigilant in your efforts to protect our Gordon County Schools community.

    The safety of our students and staff continues to be our priority. We will remain diligent and have a heightened awareness at all schools.

    Thank you,

    Gordon County Schools Communications
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  • Good morning,

    Following other social media trends circulating nationwide, another generic message has been circulating on social media with the potential threat of violence at a school.

    Our administrators and emergency response team continue to work with local police but have found no credible source at this time.

    The safety of our students & staff remains our first priority. To err on the side of caution, we will have an increased police presence today.

    If any new information arises, we will advise the public via our social media platforms, website, and direct parent communication via email & text. Please report any information you may have heard or may hear moving forward. 

    We look forward to welcoming your student to school safely today.

    Thank you,

    Gordon County Schools Communications
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  • Gordon County Schools are currently responding to a telephone outage. Personnel are working to correct this problem as quickly as possible, and they thank you for your patience. All affected buildings/campuses remain open and operational. All activities and classes are scheduled to proceed at this time.

    If you have an emergent need that requires immediate attention during the outage, please email the appropriate staff member at your student's school.

    For updates and further information, visit the Gordon County Schools main webpage at www.gcbe.org. Updates will also be available on the Gordon County Schools Facebook and Twitter pages.
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  • Gordon County Schools is currently seeking public comment and parental input for the adoption of a high school textbook for the Teaching as a Profession (TAP) Pathway.  Below is a link to the table of contents for the textbook the TAP department has chosen for this adoption, following the Instructional Materials Review and Adoption Process.  Should you wish to review the textbook in its entirety, please click on the link provided or contact Leah Newsom at 706-879-5370 for more information.  The window for providing input will expire on November 12, 2021.

     
     

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  • Gordon County Schools is seeking feedback from stakeholders, community members, parents, students, and staff on future academic calendars. The survey is scheduled to close at noon on Saturday, November 6th. Please visit the following link to record your responses: www.gcbe.org/calendarsurvey


     

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  • This is an updated safety notification.

    One of three right lanes remain blocked at the scene of the automobile accident on I-75 south, and emergency personnel remain on the scene. Georgia 511 continues to encourage motorists to use alternative routes.

    Auto and pedestrian traffic flow may still be affected in the surrounding areas with some school buses experiencing delays.

    For updates and further information, visit www.gcbe.org or call 706-629-7366.
    Updates will also be available on the Gordon County Schools Facebook and Twitter pages as they become available.


     

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  • This is a safety notification. Emergency crews are responding to an automobile accident on I-75 south past Fairmount Highway. All lanes are currently blocked, and emergency personnel are currently on the scene. Georgia 511 encourages motorists to use alternative routes.

    Auto and pedestrian traffic flow may be affected in the surrounding areas, including highway 41 and highway 53. Some school buses may experience delays.

    For updates and further information, visit www.gcbe.org or call 706-629-7366.
    Updates will also be available on the Gordon County Schools Facebook and Twitter pages.


     

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  • W.L. Swain Elementary School is currently responding to a telephone outage. Personnel are working to correct this problem as quickly as possible, and they thank you for your patience. W.L. Swain Elementary does remain open and operational with all activities and classes scheduled to proceed as normal.

    If you have an emergent need that requires immediate attention during the outage, please email the appropriate staff member.

    For updates and further information, visit the W.L. Swain Elementary School webpage at www.gcbe.org/wlswainelementary. Updates will also be available on the W.L. Swain Elementary Facebook page.
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  • What:Special Education Private/Homeschool Consultation for Students with Disabilities (as required by IDEA 2004)

    Who:Parents and Guardians of Home School and Private School Students with Disabilities ages 3-21.

     When:September 15th, 2021; 10 AM

    Where:Gordon County Schools - Special Education Office

    7300 Fairmount Hwy, Building # 2

    Calhoun, GA  30701

    At the meeting the Special Education Director will discuss:

    1. The Child Find process.

    2. The determination of proportionate share of funds available to serve parentally placed private and home school children with disabilities, including how that amount is calculated.

    3. The consultation procedures and how they operate.

    4. How, where, and by whom special education services and/or related services will be provided and a discussion of the type of services.

    5. How the Local Education Agency (LEA) will notify private / home school officials of the reason why the LEA chose not to provide services if the LEA and provider disagree.


     

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  • The telephone outage issues experienced by Gordon County Schools on Thursday, September 9th, have now been resolved.

    Thank you for your patience in this matter.

    Please continue to monitor our main webpage at www.gcbe.org and all our official social media channels to get the most accurate and up-to-date information about Gordon County Schools.

    #GoCoSchools

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  • Gordon County Schools is currently responding to a telephone outage. Personnel are working to correct this problem as quickly as possible, and they thank you for your patience. All affected buildings/campuses remain open and operational. All activities and classes are scheduled to proceed at this time.

    If you have an emergent need that requires immediate attention during the outage, please email the appropriate staff member.

    For updates and further information, visit the Gordon County Schools main webpage at www.gcbe.org. Updates will also be available on the Gordon County Schools Facebook and Twitter pages.

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  • DESTRUCTION OF SPECIAL EDUCATION RECORDS

    In compliance with the Georgia Records Act, the Gordon County School District’s records retention schedule, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) regulations on destruction of data collected, maintained or used in the provision of a free and appropriate public education of students with disabilities in the District’s schools, the Special Education Department announces its intention to destroy special education records as indicated below after the following date: October 1, 2021.

    Records for students who were enrolled in a special education program in the district’s schools who were born before January 1, 1997 and were twenty-two (22) years of age as of July 1, 2019 are no longer needed for educational purposes.

    A student or parent may need these records for Social Security or other reasons. If you, as a former special education student or parent of a former special education student, wish to obtain these records prior to destruction, you should contact the Special Education Records Department at the Special Education Office, 7300 Fairmount Hwy, Building 2, Calhoun GA. 30701.

    Positive identification will be required before the records will be released to the individual.

    For more information, contact Marianne Crawford, Special Education Records Clerk at (706) 629-4474 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.


     

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  • Good evening Gordon County Schools Families!

    I hope you are as excited as I am to start the new school year. Tomorrow is our first day of school and I look forward to seeing you all.

    As we begin this year, I want to reiterate our dedication to the health and safety of students and staff. We are continuing with many of our health and safety protocols which were put into place last year such as enhanced cleaning of all rooms and buildings, limited visitors to our schools, the availability of hand sanitizer, the use of seating charts, and a focus on handwashing as well. Please remember masks are encouraged but not required and disposable masks are available on all buses and in each school upon request. We also encourage distancing when possible.

    Please know that we will monitor health concerns in our schools and the community daily. The continuation of regular, in-person school operations will be determined based on pandemic data and information which will be continuously monitored. If school or community spread warrants a change of school schedule, we will implement the options utilized during the 2020-21 school year which are outlined in the student handbook and on our website.

    I look forward to another successful year focused on the children of Gordon County.

    See you soon!


     

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  • It is with tremendous pleasure that I welcome you back to Gordon County Schools for the 2021-22 school year as we count down to the first day of school on August 5. We are thrilled to have you as a member of the Gordon County Schools family and appreciate the opportunity to partner with you in your student’s educational journey.

    This past year presented numerous unique challenges compromising the education of our students on a historic scale across the nation. No one could have predicted the impact the Covid-19 pandemic would have on the lives of our students and community. Looking back over the past year, I am reminded that even amid uncertainty, resiliency grows. With that, we are looking forward to getting “back to the basics” this school year with some new programs and renewed policies. Please check gcbe.org for the most up to date back-to-school information as well as follow both your school and the Gordon County School System on all social media channels! We will continue to connect with you providing more specific information as we get closer to our opening day.

    As your superintendent, I continue to be grateful for your support. Without your support, we would not have been able to continue serving the children of Gordon County to the extent that we did last year. Thank you for making this possible and thank you for entrusting us with your precious child.

    I look forward to seeing everyone August 5!


     

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  • Following today's lottery drawing for the Preschool PAL program, there are a limited number of slots still available for the 21-22 school year. 

    This year's Preschool PAL program is open to children who will be 3 years old by July 1, 2021, and are not yet eligible to enroll in PreK.  Registration packets are available for pick up Monday-Thursday at Belwood Elementary School in the front office or at Centralized Registration being held at Gordon Central High School.  These packets must be completed and returned to Belwood Elementary.  Applications will be accepted until all remaining slots have been filled.  

    The cost for the PAL Preschool is $440 a month. Meals are included in the cost per week. Transportation will not be provided.  There is an enrollment fee of $20 per child, should the child be chosen for one of the available slots.  For more information, contact Beth Herod at 706-629-7366.


     

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  • The Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) is a temporary subsidy program from the Federal Government designed to help low-income households connect to the Internet and stay connected during the COVID-19 crisis. Qualified households can receive a temporary monthly credit of up to $50/month toward their Internet service and leased Internet equipment until the program's funding runs out. For more information, visit our website at https://www.gcbe.org/Page/11894 or https://www.xfinity.com/learn/internet-service/ebb for current offers through COMCAST.
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  • Gordon County Schools is excited to announce the opening of The Play and Learn (PAL) Preschool at Belwood Elementary School! This year's PAL Preschool is open to children who will be 3 years old by July 1, 2021, and are not yet eligible to enroll in PreK.  Initial registration packets will be available at Belwood Elementary in the front office for pick up and return May 24-June 7.

    The cost for the PAL Preschool is $440 per month.  Meals are included in the cost per month. Transportation will not be provided.  Enrollment is limited, and available slots will be filled utilizing a lottery process.

    The lottery drawing will take place on June 9th at 9:00 AM.  There is an enrollment fee of $20 per child, should the child be chosen for one of the available slots.  For more information, contact Beth Herod at 706-629-7366.


     

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  • FREE SUMMER MEALS BEGIN JUNE 1. VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT https://www.gcbe.org/Page/3003 FOR INFORMATION AND MENUS


     

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  • On Monday evening during the December meeting of the Board of Education, the 2021-2022 school calendar was approved. The calendar was created utilizing feedback from the calendar survey that was completed by staff, families, and other stakeholders earlier this fall. The approved calendar can be accessed on the district website at https://www.gcbe.org/schoolcalendar.


     

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  • PUBLIC COMMENT ON POLICY CHANGES

    The Gordon County Board of Education is currently reviewing its governing policies.  The public is invited to provide comments on pending policies here.  Any pending policy will be listed on the right side of the page.


     

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  • HB 91; ELIGIBILITY FOR HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA 

    An individual (hereinafter referred to as “Student”) no longer enrolled in a Georgia public school and who previously failed to receive a high school diploma in this state or was denied graduation solely for failing to achieve a passing score on one or more portions of the Georgia High School Graduation Tests or its predecessor or the Georgia High School Writing Test or its predecessor may petition the local board of education in which he or she was last enrolled to determine the student’s eligibility to receive a high school diploma pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 20-2-281.1 based on the graduation requirements in effect when the student first entered ninth grade. Complete the application to petition Gordon County Schools to determine eligibility for a student under this guidance.  For more information contact Mike Evelti, Student Services Director.


     

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