DISTRICT ANNOUNCEMENTS

    • WHAT FREE AND REDUCED APPLICATIONS MEAN TO SCHOOLS
      It is still very important that families continue to submit Free & Reduced applications online through www.schoolcafe.com. These applications not only ensure families receive access to free or reduced-price meals, they also help provide funding for other programs in the school system.

      You can apply online at www.schoolcafe.com or get a paper application at your child's school. Please contact Lisa McKinney at 706-879-5011 or lmckinney@gcbe.org if you have any questions. If you have already submitted an application this school year, please disregard this notice.
       
       

    Comments (-1)
  • SHS & GCHS STUDENTS: Don’t forget that you can pick up a FREE BREAKFAST & HOT LUNCH daily while Digital learning!!! PICK up time is 10:30am- 12:15pm in the bus loop of your high school!
     
    Students who will be digital learning the following week can PRE-ORDER 5 day meals (breakfasts/lunches) that can be PICKED UP on Friday. Scan the QR code to pre-order!!! Pre-order ends Wednesday of each week at 5pm.
     
    meal pick up flyer

    Comments (-1)
  • FREE MEALS DURING ON-LINE LEARNING

    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.


     

    Comments (-1)
  • HIGH SCHOOLS TO MOVE TO HYBRID SCHEDULE

    Gordon County Schools has found it necessary to move to hybrid instructional model, as outlined in the district’s Back to School guidance in August, for both Gordon Central High School and Sonoraville High School beginning Monday, October 19.  The tentative return date to full-time, in-person instruction will be Monday, November 30, 2020. 

     

    The decision to temporarily move to a hybrid schedule for both Gordon County high schools is a precautionary measure and comes following an increase in active COVID cases, resulting in a higher number of precautionary quarantines. Currently, there are seven (7) positive student cases at Gordon Central and eleven (11) students who are under quarantine from Sonoraville High School because they have tested positive for COVID-19.  

     

    Gordon County Schools continues to carefully monitor the active cases that impact schools.  According to the Department of Public Health, the seven-day average of new cases reported increased 4.3% statewide; however, the seven-day average is down 66% state-wide from the peak on July 24.  Gordon County is not labeled by the DPH as having high-transmission indicators at this time.

     

    During this change in the instructional delivery model, all high school students will continue to receive instruction from their assigned classroom teachers utilizing Schoology but will only attend school in-person every other week, based upon the student’s last name.  Having only half of the students in class at one time will allow for additional distancing among students within the classroom. Faculty and staff will work to prepare for this transition on Friday, October 16, and school will be closed to students.  From Monday, October 19 through Friday, October 23, all high school students will have one week of online learning through Schoology.  This will allow adequate time for facilities to receive extra disinfecting and sanitation and for teachers to plan for hybrid instruction.

     

    Beginning Monday, October 26, students whose last names begin with the letters A-K will attend school for in-person instruction for one week, and students whose last names begin with the letters L-Z will complete lessons online through Schoology.  The week of Monday, November 2, students whose last names begin with the letters L-Z will attend school in person, and those with last names beginning with A-K will complete lessons online.  This pattern will continue until Thanksgiving break according to the following schedule:

     

    High School Students with Last Names beginning with the letters A-K

    High School Students with Last Names beginning with the letters L-Z

    October 19-23, 2020

    ONLINE THROUGH SCHOOLOGY

    ONLINE THROUGH SCHOOLOGY

    October 26-30, 2020

    IN-PERSON

    ONLINE THROUGH SCHOOLOGY

    November 2-6, 2020

    ONLINE THROUGH SCHOOLOGY

    IN-PERSON

    November 9-13, 2020

    IN-PERSON

    ONLINE THROUGH SCHOOLOGY

    November 16-20, 2020

    ONLINE THROUGH SCHOOLOGY

    IN-PERSON

    November 23-27, 2020

    SCHOOLS CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING BREAK

    SCHOOLS CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING BREAK

     

    If a family has children in the same household who would be on a different schedule, please contact the school to make any necessary accommodations for children to attend together.  Additional details will be sent from the schools in the coming days. 

     

    Extracurricular activities will continue, unless otherwise notified by the school.  This closure does not impact any other Gordon County school, and all elementary and middle schools will operate as normal.

    Comments (-1)
  • Please utilize the survey link below to provide feedback on planning for future school calendars. The survey will be open for two weeks and will close on Monday, October 26 at noon.

    https://www.gcbe.org/Page/10701
    Comments (-1)
  • MEAL PICK UP SCHEDULE


     

    Comments (-1)
  • Effective September 9 all Gordon County Schools’ students will be able to eat breakfast and lunch at no cost to the family. This comes following an announcement that the USDA has extended the Seamless Summer Meal Program for meal service through December 31, 2020. A la carte and additional meal items will continue to be charged to the student’s account.

    In addition, beginning Monday, September 14, meals will be available for pick-up at any Gordon County school for all children ages 0-18. Daily pick-up will include a lunch, as well as a breakfast for the following day. VAL students may pick-up meals at any school of their choosing.
    ____________________________________________________________________________________

    It is still very important that families continue to submit Free & Reduced applications online through www.schoolcafe.com. Doing so will ensure eligible students will continue to receive free or reduced meals January 1, 2021.
    Comments (-1)
  • Attention all VAL and in-person learning students and families:

    The Grace Period for Free and Reduced Lunch benefits will expire soon. If your children received Free or Reduced-Price lunches last year, there is a 30-day grace period when they remain in the same status as last year. However, you must submit a new application for the 20-21 school year to continue their benefits past mid-September.

    For families who have students who are currently participating in Virtual At-home Learning (VAL)- you will need to complete an application now to receive free or reduced lunch benefits at any time this school year.

    You can apply online at www.schoolcafe.com or get a paper application at your child's school. Please contact Lisa McKinney at 706-879-5011 or lmckinney@gcbe.org if you have any questions. If you have already submitted an application this school year, please disregard this notice.
    ____________________________________________________________________________________
    Comments (-1)
  • Registration is now open for Gordon County Schools' After School Program.  Visit gcbe.org/ASP to create an online account and register your child. 


     

    Comments (-1)
  • Atlanta, GA - Governor Brian P. Kemp today announced that the Georgia Broadband Deployment Initiative (GBDI) is launching the Speedtest by Ookla® pilot project statewide through August. This project is designed to equip school leaders with the clearest picture possible of internet connectivity for Georgia’s students and teachers for the upcoming school year.

    Is your home internet too slow?
    Do you lose a cellphone signal when you are walking around in your home?
    Can you get videos on your smartphone, but it takes a long time to download?
    Then WE NEED YOU! Take a Speedtest and help internet service providers and mobile phone carriers know where Georgians need better connectivity.

    Speedtest Directions (Data rates may apply):
    For mobile devices, download the Speedtest app:
    Android: Once installed on your device, open and click “GO.” You can also turn on the “Speedtest” function in your “Settings” if you are using an Android device.
    iOS (Apple): Once installed on your device, open and click “GO.”
    For laptops and computers connected to your home or business internet service:
    Go to https://www.speedtest.net/ and click “GO.”


     

    Comments (-1)
  • 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.


     

    Comments (-1)
  • 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.


     

    Comments (-1)