Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information & Updates

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information & Updates2020-06-07T23:06:10+00:00

UPDATE #14 | Digital Learning Days Guidance for Parents

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 [...]

UPDATE #13 | School Closure Meal Service Plan

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 [...]

UPDATE #12 | New Presumptive Positive COVID-19 Cases in Georgia

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 [...]

UPDATE #11 | DeKalb County School District Closed Effective March 16, 2020

03.12.2020 - DeKalb County School District Closing Until Further Notice We have been committed to keeping our community updated about the rapidly developing situation with COVID-19. Throughout the process, we have relied on the guidance from the Georgia Department of Public Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, DeKalb County Board of Health, Georgia Department of Education, as well as our state leaders. During today’s 3 p.m. press conference, Gov. Kemp communicated the following, “Given the rise of the coronavirus, I am going to issue a call to action. If local communities feel it is prudent, you should consider closing day cares and schools as early as tomorrow through the next two weeks.”As a result, Mrs. Ramona Tyson, Interim [...]

UPDATE #10 | Travel Protocol for Students & Employees (Effective 3/11/2020)

March 11, 2020 - Coronavirus (COVID-19): Information for DeKalb County School District Students, Employees, and Families 03.11.2020 - Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Mrs. Ramona Tyson, Interim Superintendent of DeKalb County School District (DCSD), in collaboration with the DeKalb County School Board is implementing proactive measures to minimize risk to students, employees, and families relating to the spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19. This effort included the establishment a cross- functional team of senior district leaders who have been tasked with monitoring and overseeing DCSD’s ongoing response to the coronavirus (COVID-19). The cross-functional team will direct these proactive measures by providing guidance on student attendance, student travel and re-entry, employee travel and re-entry, employee attendance and re-entry, employee attendance, [...]

UPDATE #8 | GaDOE Update

March 7, 2020 - Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) 03.07.2020 - GaDOE Update COVID-19 is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation. The information provided is based on current guidance and is subject to change. (Created 3-6-2020). What Do We Know About Coronaviruses? Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses - some cause illness in people, and others only infect animals. Some coronaviruses infect animals then spread to people, and then spread person to person such as: • Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) • Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) • Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Common coronaviruses include some that cause mild upper-respiratory illnesses, like the common cold. What is COVID-19? Coronavirus disease 2019 or [...]

UPDATE #7 | Gov. Kemp Press Release

March 2, 2020 - Press Release Gov. Kemp, Officials Confirm Two Cases of COVID-19 in Georgia 03.02.2020 - Press Release Atlanta, GA – This evening, Governor Brian Kemp, Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) Commissioner Kathleen Toomey, M.D., and state officials confirmed Georgia’s first cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) involving two residents of Fulton County who live in the same household. One recently returned from Italy. Both have mild symptoms; they are isolated at home with other relatives to keep the illness from spreading. DPH is working to identify any contacts who may have been exposed while the individuals were infectious. People who are identified as having been exposed will be contacted directly by a [...]

UPDATE #6 | COVID-19 Taskforce

March 1, 2020 - The School District continues to work collaboratively with health agencies to receive the most up to date factual information on the spread of the virus and any precautions that need to be taken for the school setting. Below, you will find updated guidance provided by the Georgia Department of Public Health and the DeKalb Board of Health for parents and stakeholders regarding Coronavirus. A cross divisional Coronavirus Taskforce has been developed by Interim Superintendent Tyson to continually review current guidance from local, state and federal agencies and proactively identify a strategic response plan for the school district. Schools have been reminded of appropriate hygiene strategies to keep germs from spreading. We are also monitoring daily student [...]

UPDATE #5 – Flu Prevention Guideline

March 1, 2020 - “Symptoms like high-grade fevers, chills, headaches, runny nose, nausea, fatigue, loss of appetite and a sore throat can sideline children for days at a time,” says Stephanie Jernigan, MD, Co-Chief, Medicine, Campus Medical Director, Egleston hospital. “The flu also has the potential to develop into pneumonia—an infection of the lungs—without proper rest and care,” warns Dr. Jernigan. Thankfully, there’s plenty you can do to help keep your child from being one of many who get the flu each year, starting with these six tips. 1. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine every year. Your child, and everyone who cares for him, should get a flu shot. A flu shot helps everyone [...]

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