About These Decisions

Over the last few months a large team of district leaders, including more than 100 principals, assistant principals, teachers, and district personnel combined their over 400 years of education experience to answer the most pressing questions our district is facing. This diverse team pored over research and data, surveyed our stakeholders, and tested various solutions before arriving at the answers which seem best for our community. We are so appreciative of the many hours of labor and conversation that they’ve invested in ensuring that Cobb Schools continues to provide the highest level of academic excellence and support for all of our students.

All of our decisions are based on the health and safety of our staff and students and are guided by public health officials, as well as, state officials like Governor Brian Kemp and the Georgia Department of Education.

The communicated phase in plan will begin on schedule if the public health conditions and guidance for Cobb County continue to suggest it is safe to do so. The timelines and schedules have been built with many considerations in mind including giving parents as much time to choose and staff as much time to prepare to teach, safely.

The 2-week time period allows adequate time to determine if community conditions have changed and adjustments to the phased in process need to be considered.

Health, Sanitation and Safety Protocols

Masks will be required for all staff and students in school and while attending any school event at all CCSD properties.

More information is available here.

Schools will follow specified cleaning procedures. Click here for more information.

The District will continue to follow guidance from the Department of Public Health (DPH) and Cobb/Douglas Public Health.

Click Here for DPH and Cobb/Douglas health guidance.

In accordance with public health guidance, any student or staff member who, through contact tracing, is identified for COVID-19 testing will be asked, by Cobb and Douglas Public Health, to be tested.

The District expectation is that all students and staff wear masks. Those expectations will be regularly communicated and students and staff will be held accountable.

  • If a student is not wearing a mask or face covering:
  • The student will be asked to adhere to current mask guidelines.
  • A disposable mask will be provided for the student.
  • If a student continues to refuse to wear a mask, the parent will be called to pick up their student and a conference will be held to discuss the option of digital instruction.
  • A student who continues to refuse to wear a mask will be considered insubordinate and subject to the Student Code of Conduct.

More information is available here.

All  PPE equipment is  selected  based on recommendations made through public health guidance  from the state of Georgia.  We  use reopening guidance provided by the Georgia Department of Education,  the  Georgia  Department of Public Health, and Cobb/Douglas Public Health.  Their guidance can be found under  the “District Resources”  tab  of our Reopening Plan.

Scheduling

Individual school schedules may vary slightly to allow synchronization of remote and face-to-face classrooms regarding subject, lunch schedule, recess, breaks, etc.

Every effort will be made to keep each student with the same teacher he/she started with on August 17th.

Yes, if a student is quarantined for any reason he/she will continue with remote learning on the remote learning schedule for his/her class schedule.

The remainder of the first semester. The ParentVue portal will be re-opened in December for parents to make their choice for the second semester.

The choice portal will be available beginning at 8 am on Monday, September 7 and remain open until Sunday, September 20 at midnight.

No, the choice for remote learning means all instruction and services will be provided remotely.

We believe a full-time face-to-face classroom option supports the high levels of learning and engagement necessary for many of our students and are as aggressive as public health guidance allows to give parents this option.

Independent learning time on Wednesdays will occur remotely for all students, as it has since the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year. See the sample remote schedules for more detail.

Instruction

Teachers will provide instruction to students in the face to face classroom and students who have chosen the remote classroom. Students in both the face-to-face and remote classrooms will receive the same instruction from the same teacher. Click here for more information.

Yes, if a student is quarantined for any reason he/she will continue with remote learning on the remote learning schedule for his/her class schedule.

The length of time a student remains in the “live” learning environment will vary depending on the instructional lesson and activity for the day.

Students in face-to-face classrooms will be asked to move through schools safely and will be supported by signage which reinforces school protocols. Those protocols include awareness of Covid-19 symptoms, how to stop the spread, preventative measures (including staying home when sick), good hygiene, and physical guides to the hallways which promote social distancing.

Grades will be given by teachers in accordance with existing District policies as one measure of what students know. Specific grading questions or issues should be communicated with your teacher.

No, any device which has been distributed by CCSD will remain with the student for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year.

Questions Specific To Elementary School

ASP will be available to students who attend face to face school on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Masks will be required for all ASP students and ASP staff.

Specific health and safety guidelines for ASP are being finalized and will be communicated through ASP programs.

Questions Specific To High School

Masks will be required for all individuals who attend athletic events.

No, the communicated phase in plan will begin on schedule as long as the public health conditions and guidance for Cobb County continue to suggest it is safe to do so. The timelines have been built with many considerations in mind including giving parents as much time to choose and staff as much time to prepare to teach, safely.

Health Related

The positive case (staff member or student) will isolate until 10 consecutive days have passed from their positive COVID-19 test and they are asymptomatic.  CCSD will report all positive cases of staff members and students to the Cobb and Douglas Department of Public Health (DPH) as required by Georgia law. CCSD communicates all potential cases to Cobb and Douglas Public Health who communicate confirmed cases to affected students/staff/ parents. Affected students/staff/parents are asked to follow guidance provided by Cobb and Douglas Public Health as communicated through low-risk and high-risk letters.

Due to privacy laws, parents will only be notified if their child is a close contact and must quarantine or monitor for symptoms. Parents will also be informed of DPH’s “Return to School and Child Care Guidance After COVID-19 Illness or Exposure” and when their child can return to school.

Your child needs to be quarantined if your child tested positive for COVID-19, is suspected for COVID-19 due to presence of symptoms OR your child was in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 or was in close contact with someone who has a suspected case for COVID-19 due to the presence of symptoms.

CCSD leaders will work collaboratively with Cobb and Douglas Public Health officials to determine when an entire classroom or whole school will quarantine in accordance with DPH guidelines.

When a student or staff member has symptoms at school, they will immediately be sent home and the CCSD existing illness management procedure will be implemented. Students or staff members with symptoms will be isolated in a designated area supervised by school staff while waiting to be picked up.

The Department of Public Health defines a close contact as any individual who was within six feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes, direct contact with an infected person (hugged/kissed/shared drinks), sneezed or coughed on by an infected person.

A positive case is laboratory confirmed, diagnosed or a suspected case of COVID-19.  A suspected case of COVID-19 would be based on the presence of symptoms.

Please use the daily well-eing checklist (for the Spanish version click here) to determine if your child can go to school.

The Cobb and Douglas Department of Public Health notifies us when there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 or a confirmed case of COVID-19 exposure. Once notified by the Cobb and Douglas Department of Public Health, the school distributes communication from the Cobb and Douglas Department of Public Health to all affected families and/or staff. If you do not receive communication, public health officials have determined you or your family have not been affected. The District provides a weekly COVID-19 Case Notification Update which does represent the total number of confirmed cases in the District. To protect the medical privacy of those involved, it does not provide the specific people, schools, or roles involved in confirmed cases.

COVID-19

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness. The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Contact COVID-19 Hotline: The State of Georgia has a new COVID-19 hotline. If you believe that you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, please contact your primary care doctor or an urgent care clinic. Please do not show up unannounced at an emergency room or health care facility.

Hotline: (844) 442-2681

CTLS

Yes, digital training resources will be available to parents on CTLS Learn and CTLS Parent. Students and parents will have access to training documents and videos in English and in Spanish via a public facing CTLS support site.

Yes, everyone will be trained on Cobb’s New Teaching and Learning System (CTLS). Training will be ongoing both synchronously and asynchronously. Student and parents will have access to training documents and videos in English and in Spanish via a public facing CTLS support site