To: DeKalb County School District Employees, Parents, Community Stakeholders From: Ramona Tyson, Interim Superintendent Date: March 23, 2020 03.23.2020 - Confirmed COVID-19 Case Today, March 23, 2020, the DeKalb County Board of Health (DBOH) notified the DeKalb County School District (DCSD) of its first confirmed case of COVID-19. However, in this case, there is no exposure to students. The DBOH is communicating directly with the employee and investigating to determine if there was close contact between the staff member who tested positive and other employees. Per guidance from health officials, the identity of the employee must be kept confidential, but we can disclose that the employee did not work at a school.The DBOH [...]
To: DeKalb County School District Families From: Ramona Tyson, Interim Superintendent Date: March 23, 2020 (updated 03-30-2020) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released updated tips for keeping our students healthy while out of school.This resource for parents and guardians can be accessed by clicking the link below. CDC: Children and Coronavirus Disease 2019 Tips to Keep Children Healthy while School’s Out (March 23, 2020) Please adhere to all protocols and guidance given by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Public Health, and the DeKalb County Board of Health. Remember to practice social distancing and healthy hand washing (a minimum of 20 seconds).
To: DeKalb County School District Families From: Ramona Tyson, Interim Superintendent Date: March 20, 2020 Subject: COVID-19 Update 03.20.2020 - COVID-19 Update Mrs. Ramona Tyson Thank you for your patience as we navigate these first-time experiences and this period of uncertainty for all Georgia school districts. Know that we do not take the opportunity and the responsibility to serve our families lightly. As we continue to collaborate with our neighboring school districts, local, state and national health partners, the Governor’s Office, and the Georgia Department of Education (GADOE), we want to provide updates for you. Detailed below is the most recent information we are able to [...]
March 17, 2020 03.17.2020 - Expansion of Meal Sites The DeKalb County School District (DCSD) will expand the number of meal sites per region effective Thursday, March 19, 2020. This will allow more students to receive meals within each Region. The additional 7 sites are: Region I John Robert Lewis ES Region II Avondale ES Region III Stephenson MS Region IV Freedom MS Region V Miller Grove MS Region VI Peachcrest ES Region VII Cedar Grove ES With the addition of these 7 sites, DCSD meal service will be available [...]
March 16, 2020 – Suspension of State Testing and Accountability Requirements 03.16.2020 - Fact Sheet: Impact of COVID-19 on Assessments and Accountability under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act According to a press release notification received today from the Georgia Department of Education, due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the closure of many public schools, State Superintendent Richard Woods is suspending the following until further notice: State assessment window/administration (including Georgia Milestones End-of-Grade and End-of-Course assessments, the Georgia Alternate Assessment/GAA 2.0, and all other required testing), Teacher and leader evaluation (TKES/LKES) requirements and reporting, and State-level attendance-related consequences (including CCRPI, TKES/LKES, School Climate Star Rating, and make-up day requirements). Also, at the State Board [...]
Comcast officials has announced that the company taking steps to implement new policies for the next 60 days to help ensure people stay connected to the Internet during COVID-19 (coronavirus) closures. One of those steps includes free Xfinity WiFi. Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free—including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi. Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser.
Revisions were made on 3/12/2020 to reflect the following: Clarification of appropriate mitigation strategies based on level of community transmission of COVID-19 and presence of COVID-19 cases within the school.
DCSD Awarded the Digital Learning Grant from GADOE in the Amount of $3,836,800 April 28, 2020 Update The Division of School and District Effectiveness at the Georgia Department of Education (GADOE) provided an opportunity for districts to compete for a one time grant to support state-identified Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI), Comprehensive Support and Improvement Alternative (CSI- Alternative), Comprehensive Support and Improvement Promise (Promise), and Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) schools in an effort to address digital equity and access to digital learning resources. Today, the District was awarded the Georgia Department of Education's Digital Learning Grant in the amount of $3,836,800 for 25 schools. Based on the technology needs survey and evidence-based [...]
Meal Service Plan - (Amended 03-27-2020) Beginning Monday, March 30, 2020, we will transition to a modified meal service plan. Under the new plan, meals will be distributed on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Meals will no longer be delivered daily. Students will receive a two-day meal package on each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday as shown in the chart below: The 21 meal distribution sites will remain operational and the bus meal delivery will continue following the amended plan of meal service on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Meal Distribution Days Monday Wednesday Friday Meals & Snacks Provided Monday & Tuesday Wednesday & Thursday Friday & Saturday [...]
New Presumptive Positive COVID-19 Cases in Georgia March 13, 2020 - – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is awaiting confirmatory testing from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on five new presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Georgia. The additional cases are in Charlton County, Fulton County and three in Cobb County. All but one individual (Fulton) are hospitalized. One of the Cobb presumptive positives has a travel history outside of the country, the sources of the other infections are unknown. Confirmed and presumed positive cases of COVID-19 are broken down by county as follows: Confirmed COVID-19 (6) Fulton County 3 Floyd County 1 Polk County 1 Cobb 1 Presumptive Positive [...]