COVID-19 Information Regarding CCS
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Cartersville City Schools (CCS) is actively working with the Bartow County Health Department, the Georgia Department of Public Health and other appropriate state and federal agencies as we monitor the changing conditions of COVID-19 and access its impact on our community, state and nation.
We understand the emergence of COVID-19 is unsettling. We want to assure you that CCS is working hard to ensure our students, staff and familes are supported during this difficult time and we are holding their health and well-being as our highest priority. Thank you for your support as we navigate this challenging and developing public health issue.
JUNE 30 | RETURN TO SCHOOL LETTER FROM SUPERINTENDENT
Cartersville City Schools has been working non-stop over the past couple of months to design the best way to educate our students during the 2020-2021 school year while also carefully considering the impacts of COVID-19. We understand that many people would like to see their students back in school because they feel in-person learning is the best. Furthermore, when school is not in session childcare can be very challenging for working parents. We also understand that COVID-19 has had an impact on our community. We must not take our actions lightly and we must be mindful of how we operate during these times due to the potential spread of the virus.
We recognize that the implementation of the CDC guidance on re-opening schools should be guided by what is feasible, practical, and tailored to the needs of each community. Our responsibility is to educate our students in an environment that is conducive to learning. COVID-19 has challenged us to think and operate differently in an effort to slow the spread of the virus while finding ways to teach our children in person. All of us; teachers, staff members, administrators, parents, students, and our community will have to work together to navigate some of the new procedures for next school year and demonstrate respect, courtesy, and understanding in all of our interactions with each other. As we adjust to a different normal for next school year, we thank you in advance for your understanding and support as we make every effort to proceed with in-person learning. If there was ever a time where a true school-parent partnership existed, it is now.
Our district and school-level administrators have been meeting weekly to discuss plans for a return to school next year. After weeks of studying recommendations and listening to medical professionals, we are confident we will more than likely operate in any one of four models next school year. The Georgia Department of Education, in coordination with the Department of Public Health, released a Path to Recovery for K-12 Schools and this document has also guided us during the decision-making process. This Path to Recovery provides considerations, recommendations, and best practices for a safe and successful school year and is based upon three levels of the spread of the virus (no spread, minimal/moderate spread, and substantial spread). Each community is different, and community spread levels will be determined by Department of Public Health officials. For further information regarding this document, please visit https://www.georgiainsights.com/recovery.html
Our desire is to welcome all of our students back to our campuses on August 5 as scheduled with prevention/safety protocols in place. The return to school next year will be challenging as a community’s data regarding the spread of the virus can change frequently. Furthermore, the Executive Order released yesterday (6/29/20), indicates the State Board of Education shall provide “rules, regulations, and guidance for the operation of public elementary and secondary schools…” based upon guidance from the Georgia State Health Officer, the Georgia Department of Public Health, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. This new guidance that is forthcoming could slightly alter our tentative plans. A resurgence of the virus in our local community could require us to close our school buildings for a certain amount of time or significantly limit the number of individuals in a building. We are confident that being able to operate in one of four ways will allow us to still meet the needs of our students to the best of our ability based upon the current level our county is in. The four modes of delivering instruction will be as follows:
Option 1: Face-to-Face Learning Model with no mitigation strategies - this would look just like school operated pre-COVID-19. Obviously, this would be our preferred method, but is unlikely for at least the beginning of the 2020-21 school year.
Option 2: Face-to-Face Learning Model with mitigation strategies - this is our best option at this point in time and will resemble in some ways what we are used to (ex: daily, in-person instruction 5 days/week). We will implement certain procedures in our school buildings to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, but all of our students will attend school daily.
Option 3: Hybrid Learning Model: if the spread of COVID-19 in Bartow County is widespread enough that the Department of Public Health recommends limiting the number of individuals in a school building, we will operate on a hybrid schedule where half of our students are at school on any given day while the other half is learning from home. Regardless if this is done as a 2-day per week model or an every other week model, school would be four days/week and the fifth day would be dedicated to teacher professional learning and student independent learning. This avenue would allow us to cut the number of students in our building and buses in half thus helping to mitigate the spread. Furthermore, it would still allow us to still have some face-to-face instruction with our students.
Option 4: Distance Learning Model: if the spread of COVID-19 in Bartow County is substantial enough that the Department of Public Health recommends us shutting down our physical school buildings, we will conduct our classes remotely similar to what we did during the last nine weeks of the 2019-20 school year. All of our students would be served remotely during this time and grades, attendance, etc. will be required.
School administrators are developing a master schedule to balance class size numbers as much as possible and preparing for the school year with the following measures:
- Establishing procedures and protocols for entering the school buildings, transportation, transitions, school meals, etc. based on guidance from Georgia Department of Education
- Removing unnecessary desks and furniture in classrooms
- Maximizing social distancing (to the extent practicable)
- Heightened disinfecting/sanitizing protocols within the buildings and classrooms
- Limiting physical interaction within the classroom between students
- Establishing distance between the teacher’s desk/board and students’ desks where feasible
- Identifying and utilizing large spaces (i.e. gymnasiums, auditoriums, outside spaces – as weather permits)
- Providing access to hand sanitizer for students and staff
- Serving school meals in the classroom as needed to limit large group exposure
- Restricting non-essential visitors and volunteers
- Allowing the consistent wearing of face masks by students and staff as requested by parents. Face masks are not going to be required at this time, but they are being strongly recommended by the CDC when social distancing measures are challenging to maintain.
Times like these, without a doubt, are trying for all of us. We recognize that all of our families will face different challenges in the months to come and have varying concerns regarding the start of school. One possible opportunity we have been exploring is a full-time, virtual school option for the 2020-21 school year. Full-time virtual school is intended for students who have underlying health conditions or other special or extenuating family circumstances that prevents them from safely returning to a face-to-face school environment due to COVID-19. This opportunity would also be open to other interested families. Please note that not all classes may be offered in a full time, virtual option. We have been reviewing a variety of platforms and the platform we choose will be based upon the number of students who select to attend school as a virtual student full time next year. Please note that this option will require a one semester commitment. Furthermore, this option will look vastly different than the at-home learning that took place during the last nine weeks of the school year where all assignments and assessments will be graded, and daily attendance and participation will be recorded.
In just a short period of time, you will be receiving a survey that we are asking for parents to complete. Please complete one survey for each child in your home. This means if you have one child, you will complete one survey; if you have two children, you will complete two surveys, etc. We ask that you complete these surveys no later than July 10 at 5 p.m. This survey will have a variety of questions but should only take a few minutes to complete. It will also allow you to indicate if you would prefer full-time, virtual learning for the 2020-21 school year.
This next year will require us to be mobile and flexible. Our school system will be ready to adapt to any of the four models previously mentioned based upon COVID-19 statistics in our area and what the spread looks like at any given time. We will continue to be in contact with the Department of Public Health and other medical professionals in the weeks and months to come. We hope to have a clearer picture of what August 5 will look like in regard to a delivery model around July 20 but we are hopeful the data will show we can start the school year in person. Working together and supporting one another is the only way to get through challenging times and this is what helps our system be successful. Regardless of the model for instruction, our partnership with you will ultimately determine the success of our students. We cannot thank you enough for your support and encouragement during the upcoming school year and we are excited to welcome all of our students back soon.
JUNE 25 | SUPERINTENDENT'S CALL
Transcript of a call sent to all parents, teachers and staff
Good Evening. This is Marc Feuerbach, superintendent of Cartersville City Schools. Yesterday I met with our CCS leadership team and our school administrators for our weekly planning meeting regarding returning to school in the fall. I wanted to take a moment to let you know that we are continuing to look at a variety of options to create a plan that will enable us to provide the best educational experience possible to our students while we are navigating the challenges of COVID-19. It is our goal to have plans finalized in the next two weeks barring any unexpected circumstances or changes. Thank you for the support you have shown us over the past few months. While we are facing uncommon challenges to beginning a new school year, we are encouraged and excited to see our students again very soon. Go Canes!
MAY 22 | LAST DAY OF SCHOOL
Transcript of a call sent to all parents
Good Evening. This is Marc Feuerbach, superintendent of Cartersville City Schools. It’s hard to believe the school year has come to a close. I want to thank you for your partnership during the past nine weeks. The school closure created a drastic change in the way we educate and connect with our students. We could not have carried out digital learning without your support and collaboration.
On Wednesday, I participated in a webinar that outlined the new CDC recommendations for reopening schools. I understand the recommendations have created many questions regarding school procedures next year. Please know that these were recommendations and not mandates. I want to assure you that our district leaders and school administrators have been investigating the best possible scenarios to protect the health and safety of our Cartersville City Schools family. We are looking at a variety of recommendations, collaborating with local health officials and closely monitoring the situation in our community in an effort to develop a plan that best fits our school system and community. We will be in contact with you this summer to inform you of the plans as they are finalized.
I hope you and your family can find ways to enjoy the summer and we look forward to seeing you in the fall.
MAY 7 | KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION
May 19-21 from 8:30 am to 1:30pm each day at Cartersville Primary School
- Tuesday, May 19 students’ last name beginning with A-H
- Wednesday, May 20 students’ last name beginning with I-P
- Thursday, May 21 students’ last name beginning with Q-Z
Parents may pick up registration papers beginning Friday, May 15. These will be made available at the front entrance of CPS or may be printed directly from here.
In order to help with the governor’s social distancing policy, parents will be asked to complete paperwork before they arrive for registration, in their car, under breezeway or in the purple hallway. (Depending on weather) Parents will be asked to leave students to help with social distancing and keeping individuals in the building to a minimum. Visit here for documents.
APRIL 15 | KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION
Cartersville City Schools has delayed the date for kindergarten registration for the 2020-21 school year. In observance of the intent of the governor's Shelter-in-Place Order and because our schools continue to be closed due to the COVID-19 emergency, the school district has delayed the registration date. The system is monitoring the situation and will assess the emergency status at the beginning of May. The system will announce on the district and Cartersville Primary websites and social media the new date for kindergarten registration as soon as it is established.
APRIL 15 | OUT OF DISTRICT
In observance of the intent of the governor's Shelter-in-Place Order and because our schools continue to be closed due to the COVID-19 emergency, Cartersville City Schools is delaying acceptance of applications and required documentation for new out-of-district students. The system is monitoring the situation and will assess the emergency status at the beginning of May. The system will announce on the district website the new date for accepting new applications. The application form should not be submitted until the new date is announced. The form can be accessed for printing here.
APRIL 15 | SCHOOL NUTRITION ACCOUNTS
Cartersville City Schools has instructed MySchool Bucks to temporarily stop all automatic withdrawals for school nutrition accounts until school resumes. Any money currently in a student's school nutrition account will be available next school year.
APRIL 12 | SCHOOL MEALS DELIVERY
School meals delivery will continue through the end of the school year.
APRIL 12 | DIGITAL LEARNING PROCESS
During the final weeks of the school year, we will continue with digital learning. Our goal is to help students maintain the advances achieved in the classroom this year and to minimize the need for remedial education when school resumes. We know that our community and our CCS families are dealing with unprecedented circumstances and we do not want learning from home to be an additional stress. When determining final grades, teachers will consider a student’s performance prior to the closure of school. Opportunities will be provided for students to resubmit work in an effort to demonstrate student mastery before a final failing grade is given. Teachers will contact parents and students to check on their situation if a student is failing to submit assignments or if the work they are submitting is not proficient. A student will not be retained from advancing to the next grade or graduation if we determine the student was attempting but unable to overcome difficulties due to the school closure. We are here to partner with students and families in navigating online learning for the remainder of the school year. If you are experiencing hardships that hinder the completion of digital learning, please communicate this immediately with your teacher.
We will continue to provide students with digital content via Schoology.
We will continue to provide work packets to students without digital access.
CPS, CES, and CMS will distribute devices next week to those students who do not have a device or are sharing one device among several siblings. CHS distributed before spring break and will offer another distribution period as well. School officials will be in contact with families regarding the distribution of devices.
We will continue to provide support addressing the academic, emotional and social needs of our students as needed.
Specific directions regarding the overall flow of school work each week will be provided by principals.
The final day of new teaching and assignments for seniors will be Friday, May 1. Teachers will be working their office hours through May 22 and seniors can still work, submit assignments, and communicate with their teachers after May 1, but they will not receive any new assignments after this date. Students should still check Schoology for any communication or feedback on work from their teachers.
The final day of new teaching and assignments for PK-11 will be Friday, May 8. Teachers will continue to work their office hours through May 22 and students can still work, submit assignments, and communicate with their teachers after May 8, but they will not receive any new assignments after this date. Students should still check Schoology for any communication or feedback on work from their teachers.
We are holding off on making any final determinations regarding graduation, prom, etc. because we do not know when public gatherings large enough to hold these events will be allowed. We will continue to follow the protocols provided to us by Governor Kemp and will make a final determination once we are provided with updated protocols regarding large group gatherings.APRIL 7
Cartersville City Schools was notified on Monday that an employee of Cartersville Middle School has been diagnosed with COVID-19. The staff member, who became sick following the time schools were closed, has not been in physical contact with students or other staff members in the past 22 days.
We are prohibited from releasing any identifying information. However, we have been informed that the Department of Public Health will notify anyone who was at risk for possible exposure.
Please keep this member of the CCS family in your thoughts and prayers. We appreciate the patience and support you have shown during this challenging time.
APRIL 3 | SUPERINTENDENT'S LETTER
A letter from Superintendent Dr. Marc Feuerbach
Dear Parents, Students, Teachers, and Staff Members,
Over the past three weeks, the way we carry out our daily lives has rapidly changed and with that has come a wide range of emotions, especially following the announcement by Governor Kemp to close school buildings in Georgia two days ago. Although the decision to end in-person instruction was difficult and has changed some of the ways we serve our students, I appreciate him prioritizing the health and safety of Georgians above all else.
While this disruption felt across our state and nation has been shocking, the response I have seen among our Cartersville City Schools family has been nothing short of inspirational. For three weeks we have done our best to serve our students and families remotely. From creating online lessons to providing meals to assisting families in need, our school system has not stopped our day-to-day operations and we have stayed focused on our intent to "make it personal." Staff members from our nutrition, maintenance and technology departments as well as our schools, have packed 34,512 meals. Our transportation staff has delivered these meals with the help of volunteers from our schools. Our technology staff has prepared devices for those families in need of one. Our schools have worked each week to prepare paper packets. Our teachers have not only provided work and taught lessons via technology but many have facilitated online class chats just so their students could connect with one another for a few moments. Making it personal is a guiding principle for us. I believe it is what makes our system special, and it is why families want to be a part of CCS. I promise you this will continue to be our daily focus. Each week we have progressed in our efficiency to serve remotely, and we will continue to do so for the remainder of the year.
Parents, I can't thank you enough for all you are doing at home to support your students. In my years in education, I have come to see that the most successful school experiences happen when the school, parents and student work together equally to do their part. Today, this seems more relevant than ever. Thank you, thank you, for all you are doing even while maintaining your normal daily work and family routines. I know this requires sacrifices on your part.
Teachers and staff, you have my deepest gratitude for your determination and hard work. You have demonstrated not only love and compassion but also tenacity in working through the opportunities we are facing right now. Overnight you accepted a challenge and have workedly intently to provide some sense of normalcy for our students. I appreciate you more than words can express.
Students, I know this is difficult. Some of you may be excelling with this form of learning while others of you may miss being at school. I encourage you to keep your head up and know that you are missed. We are here for you, and we aren't going anywhere. Continue to work hard over these last few weeks of the school year and continue to stay touch with your teachers and classmates.
Seniors, I know this is an especially difficult time for you. I can't imagine what you are feeling. Not getting to experience these final weeks together, in person, is disappointing to say the least. While this situation has altered the conclusion of your high school career, it does not have to define it. It in no way diminishes the hard work, time and commitment you have devoted to earning your high school diploma. I encourage you to remember the meaningful experiences you did have at Cartersville High School and to know that you have many wonderful opportunities ahead.
Times like these teach us lessons in love, perseverance, and service. I believe there are brighter days ahead, I encourage you to take one day at a time right now. Let's all be patient and gracious during these challenging times. Let's find ways to serve others and stay focused on finding the good that is present all around us, even if it seems far away at certain moments.
Marc Feuerbach, Ed.D
APRIL 1 | SCHOOL CLOSURE
Following Gov. Brian Kemp’s executive order signed Wednesday, April 1, mandating school closures in Georgia, Cartersville City Schools will be closed the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Digital learning and school meals delivery will continue through April 3. Spring Break will be held as scheduled from April 6 -10. Digital learning and school meals will continue following the break. We understand you have many questions and we will announce additional information to address those questions as soon as it is determined. Our highest priority is continuing to support our students, staff and families in an efficient and appropriate manner. As a district, we are working hard to develop solutions that will aid in navigating this evolving situation. Thank you for your understanding and support.
MARCH 27 | SUPERINTENDENT UPDATE
Transcript of a call sent to all parents, teachers and staff
This is Dr. Marc Feuerbach, superintendent of Cartersville City Schools. First, I would like to thank you for the support and patience you have shown as we are working our way through this difficult situation. As you know, yesterday, Governor Brian Kemp signed an executive order mandating that schools remain closed through April 24. I understand that for many of you, this school closure creates a burden on your family. Our administrators and teachers are working hard to provide students with support and to find innovative ways to carry out digital learning as our time away from seeing each other in person continues. Please encourage your student to complete their digital learning materials or hard packet materials in a timely manner and to communicate with their teachers when they have questions. Not going to a physical school building each day can make life seem more like a holiday break or summer vacation so we must keep the mindset that we are still going to school each day, we are just going in a different manner during this time. The materials we are providing may not replace the classroom experience, but they can help students maintain the advances they made during the school year.
I also want to you thank you for your participation in our technology survey that we conducted earlier this week. The information gathered will give us what we need to carry out our plan to ensure all our families have access to technology and all our students are participating in digital learning.
Please continue to take advantage of the school meals delivery service, which is available at no cost to all children age 18 and under on Mondays and Thursdays. Last week, our staff did a phenomenal job serving 11,170 meals. I am so thankful for our bus drivers, nutrition staff and many other system volunteers who are helping with this process.
I know this is a challenging time for us all, but I am so encouraged by the solidarity of our CCS family in offering support, encouragement and aid to one another. We will choose to live in vision and not in circumstance. We will make it through to brighter days and we will do it as the Canes family always has ….by working together. Connection has never been as important as it is during this time and we will continue to do our best to stay connected with you and your child, even though that means remotely during this time. Thank you for your time and I hope you have a good day! Go Canes!
MARCH 26 | SCHOOL CLOSURE EXTENDED
Email and text sent to all parents, students, teachers and staff
Cartersville City Schools will remain closed through April 24 as a result of Governor Kemp's executive order, which mandated school closures in an effort to protect the health and safety of communities across the state. We were scheduled to return to school on April 13; however, now we are planning to return on April 27. We will continue to monitor the situation and will inform you prior to April 24 of any further extensions to the school closures.
Spring Break will be held from April 6 – 10 and there will be no assignments during that time. Teachers will be in communication with students and parents regarding the continuation of digital learning following Spring Break. School meals delivery services will continue for all children age 18 and under during the school closures, except for the week of Spring Break as school will not be in session.
As a district, we understand this situation is difficult. Even though we may not be meeting face-to-face every day, we are still here, we are still listening and we are still working to provide our students and families with the help needed to navigate this challenging time!
MARCH 23 | SCHOOL CLOSURE EXTENDED
Email and text sent to parents, students, teachers and staff
As a result of the joint resolution declaring a state of emergency signed recently by Cartersville City and Bartow County governments, which recommends limiting gatherings of more than 10 people, Cartersville City Schools will remain closed through April 3. Digital learning and school meals deliveries will continue through April 3. Spring Break will be held as scheduled from April 6 -10. We want to assure you that CCS is working hard to ensure our students, staff and families are supported during this difficult time and we are holding their health and well-being as our highest priority. Thank you for your understanding as we navigate this challenging and developing public health issue. We will inform you of any changes as necessary.
MARCH 20 | SUPERINTENDENT UPDATE
Transcrpit of call sent to parents, students, teachers and staffGood Evening,
This is Dr. Marc Feuerbach, superintendent of Cartersville City Schools. I wanted to take a moment to check in with you at the conclusion of this first week. While we all understand the uncertainty that is felt across our nation at this time, I wanted to share with you some things from our CCS family that have greatly encouraged me in the past few days. First of all, thanks to a joint effort between our school nutrition, transportation and various other staff members, we provided 8,276 meals to children in our community this week. Many of you have shared with me how much the meals meant to your family. I am grateful for the willingness of our staff members to show our students just how much care.I believe two of the most important characteristics that will help us to successfully navigate this challenging time are adaptability and hard work. I am so encouraged by the outstanding resolve and dedication our students and staff have shown in adjusting to a new way of teaching and learning.As district, we are staying updated on the most recent information coming from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Georgia Department of Public Health and we are conferring with state and local agencies to make informed decisions that protect the health and well-being of our community. We understand you have many questions, and due to the evolving nature of the situation, we will communicate answers as they are available. Please continue to check the CCS website and your email for updates.I know this upheaval in our daily routines is stressful for us all, especially our children who may not fully understand why we are taking this action and for parents who still must work despite the school closures. However, I have faith that we will maneuver through this difficulty. In my years of living in Cartersville, I have witnessed so many examples of a community that truly cares, a community that gives generously and community that collaborates. I know that by continuing to work together we will see our way through this challenging time. Thank you for your time and I hope you have a good evening. Go Canes!
MARCH 16 | SCHOOL CLOSURE EXTENDED
Email sent to parents, students, teachers and staff
CCS will be closed through March 31 as a result of Governor Kemp's executive order signed on March 16, which mandated school closures. We were scheduled to return to school on March 30; however, now we are planning to return on April 1. We will continue to monitor the situation and will inform you of any changes as necessary.
MARCH 15 | SCHOOL WORK PICK-UP
Our schools have created worksheets and packets of work for those who do not have access to technology to be picked up on Tuesday, March 17.
- CPS: A worksheet can be picked up at the front door of CPS. It is a hot pink sheet of paper with hands-on activities for each day.
- CES: Packets will be available in the front office from 7:30 to 9:30 am. Bins will be placed in front of the school for pick-up after the office closes.
- CMS: Bins will be placed in front of the school labeled by grade-level.
- CHS: Work will be available from 10 am to noon at the front of the school.
MARCH 12 | SCHOOL CLOSURE
Email sent to parents, students, teachers and staff
Following Gov. Brian Kemp’s recommendation for school districts to consider suspending operations for two weeks, Cartersville City Schools will close all its schools and offices beginning Monday, March 16 and remain closed through Sunday, March 29. The measure is to support local and statewide efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.
We understand this notice is coming rather quickly so to give families an opportunity to make arrangements, schools will be open Friday, March 13. However, there will be no penalty for those who choose not to attend.
Beginning on Tuesday, March 17, Cartersville City Schools will observe digital learning days until students return to school. Teachers will provide assignments via Schoology, our learning management system, for students to complete at home. To aid in student success, it will be helpful to download the Schoology App to receive notifications. Please visit here for complete details on digital learning.
Details about school nutrition services will be communicated to you as soon as possible.
The situation is continuing to evolve so please be aware that Cartersville City Schools will inform you of additional measures or changes through email and the website. We understand this school closure may create hardships for some of our families. Please know we are working to ensure this disruption will be as limited as possible.
All school-related activities and events occurring from Friday, March 13 through Sunday, March 29 are suspended as well. However, we outlined some specific events below just to answer any questions you may have. Following March 29, decisions will be made based upon the most relevant information.
All special events will be canceled through March 29. This includes parent-teacher conferences; musicals; concerts; PTC events and meetings; and any and all programs outside of the normal school day that occur within our schools. All large group gatherings during the school day are suspended.
All field trips, both state and out-of-state, are suspended through March 29. Details on rescheduling or refunds will be made available to you as soon as they are determined.
All athletic practices and games are suspended through March 29.
MARCH 11 | SUPERINTENDENT UPDATE
Below is a transcript of Superintendent Dr. Marc Feuerbach's phone call made to all parents, teachers and staff members
This is Dr. Marc Feuerbach, superintendent of Cartersville City School. With the emergence of COVID-19, I felt it was important to reach out to you as a follow-up to our Feb 28 and March 10 emails. I want to let you know the steps we are currently taking to safeguard the health and well-being of our CCS family and to share with you the credible sources that are guiding our decisions. As you may know by now, a case of COVID-19 has been confirmed at Cartersville Medical Center. The inevitable reality is that the number of individuals who have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19 will continue to grow as more cases are confirmed in our community, state and nation. Many of you are wondering how do we know the difference between high risk and low risk in regards to being around a person who has been exposed to someone with COVID-19? One of the credible sources we are relying on to answer this question is the CDC’s Exposure Risk Categories. Furthermore, we have been informed that the CDC investigates each confirmed case and informs people directly if their exposure to someone with COVID-19 requires being quarantined. Should there be a confirmed diagnosis among our students and/or staff or if any member of CCS is required to be quarantined according to CDC guidelines, you will be notified immediately.
As for the operations in our buildings, our custodial staff is doubling its efforts to ensure the cleanliness of our facilities. Buses, classrooms and high-touch areas are being sanitized throughout the day and we are focused on remaining proactive in our approach to providing a safe and healthy learning environment for our students and staff.
We will continue to be vigilant by reviewing the most current credible sources and conferring with state and local governing organizations and healthcare providers. As a father of two students in our school system, I understand the concern and uncertainty this situation brings; however, please know that the health and safety of our CCS family are our highest priority.
MARCH 10 | EMAIL
Sent to parents, teachers and staff
At Cartersville City Schools, we understand the emergence of COVID-19 can be unsettling and that families have a desire to feel secure about the health and well-being of their children. We want to assure you that school district officials are staying updated on the most recent information coming from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH). As a follow up to our notice on Feb. 28, our custodial staff is continuing its focus on maintaining a clean learning environment for our students and staff including sanitizing classrooms and high-touch areas. Our principals and teachers are providing additional reminders and opportunities for students to follow the same preventative strategies used during the cold and flu season including frequent handwashing and staying at home when you are sick. At this time, the Georgia Department of Public Health has advised that students who are not ill can safely attend schools and the Georgia Department of Education does not recommend school closures outside Fulton County. Therefore, unless a change is found to be necessary, all school and scheduled activities, including sporting events and local field trips, will continue as planned.We are aware that two individuals in our community have been tested for COVID-19 at Cartersville Medical Center and are awaiting results. However, according to the DPH officials, the risk of COVID-19 to the general public remains low. While we do not plan to send a notice every time there is a confirmed case in our community, please know that you will be notified immediately if there is a COVID-19 diagnosis among our students and/or staff.We will continue to be vigilant in holding the health and safety of our CCS family as our highest priority and will provide you with any information on changes as necessary.FEBRUARY 28 | EMAILSent to parents, teachers and staff
As you are probably aware the news media has reported on cases of coronavirus (also called COVID-19 or 2019-nCoV). Most of these cases have been reported in China and other Eurasian countries with a handful in the United States. To date, there have been no cases reported in Georgia. Because of the media attention around this event and the fact that your child’s health and safety are our highest priority, we want to assure you that the school district is closely monitoring this situation and is prepared to address any situation should it become a concern in Georgia and our community.
Common viruses circulate every year in the United States, and they usually cause upper respiratory illnesses much like the common cold, along with symptoms such as fever and cough that resemble seasonal flu. According to the Georgia Department of Health, the overall risk of coronavirus to the general public and to our schools is very low. However, that does not mean that we as a school system should not take reasonable cautionary steps and continue to monitor the situation.
There are everyday actions you and your family can take to help stay healthy. These are the same Health Department recommended preventative strategies used during the normal cold and flu season. These include:
• Washing hands regularly with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom or before eating.
• Cover coughs and sneezes and wash hands afterward.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth as much as possible.
• Keep sick children home from school and limit their contact with others while sick.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using regular household cleaning spray or a disinfectant wipe.
• Get a flu shot every year. It is not too late to get one now.
The Cartersville City School District is committed to the health and wellness of our students, faculty and families. We will continue to be in contact with the Bartow County Health Department, the Georgia Department of Public Health, and other appropriate state and federal agencies as we monitor any changing conditions. Likewise, if any concerns arise in our schools we will share that information with the Health Department immediately.
Government and Health Agencies