In accordance with Governor Kemp’s guidance and to best prioritize student and staff safety, Cobb Schools will remain closed through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Per executive order from Governor Kemp on April 1, 2020 all public schools and colleges in the state of Georgia will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.
Digital learning will not occur over spring break, which is from April 6th through April 10th.
Food distribution will continue over spring break at all designated sites across Cobb County on Monday, April 6th.
School closures continue to include athletics/sports, extracurricular school activities, proms, school building activities, and trips.
While our school buildings are closed, the education process has not stopped. All staff are working remotely to best support students, including delivering digital and physical instructional resources to students while they’re at home.
We will continue to keep our community updated through this page as the most up-to-date source of information related to the coronavirus’s impact on Cobb Schools.
“We continue to make decisions based first on student and staff safety and in consultation with the Georgia Department of Health and the Governor’s office.” — Superintendent Chris Ragsdale
What can the School Community Expect for the Remainder of the 2019-2020 School year?
During this unpredictable time, teaching and learning will obviously look different than it did before. For the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, teaching and learning will be centered on digital support for students’ academic, emotional, and social needs.
With Governor Kemp’s announcement that all Georgia public schools will be closed for the remainder of this school year, the Cobb County School District will:
- Provide students with access to digital content, which is aligned to Georgia standards. Over 700,000 high-quality digital resources are being provided to teachers through CTLS Teach.
- Provide students with access to physical content for students who do not have digital access.
- Continue to partner with the Cobb Schools Foundation to provide devices for students in need.
- Ensure student grades are not negatively impacted as a result of COVID-19. No students’ grades at the end of the second semester can be lower than the grades received on Friday, March 13, 2020.
- Give students a choice to accept their grades as of Friday, March 13, 2020 as final grades for 2019-2020 OR continue to earn grades for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year to improve their grade(s).
- Report grades as pass/fail for all students in all K-8 courses. High school courses will be reported as grades for GPA calculation purposes.
- Continue to provide academic, emotional, and social support for student needs for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.
- Allow work submitted after March 13th to be used for grades or to measure what students know. Specific directions will be provided by your principal. Any work submitted will only have a positive impact on a student’s grade(s).
- Allow any student who was on track to graduate on Friday, March 13, 2020 to receive credit for all courses for which they were enrolled on or before March 13th.
We are actively evaluating all options related to graduation ceremonies. Once graduation ceremony decisions have been finalized, they will be communicated as soon as possible.
Attendance and Grading during Digital Learning
Based on the recommendation from the Georgia Department of Education, Cobb Schools has issued the following guidance regarding digital learning days:
- All students will be considered present (no students should be marked absent)
- No students’ grades at the end of the second semester can be lower than the grades received on Friday, March 13, 2020.
- Students will have a choice to accept their grades as of Friday, March 13, 2020 as final grades for 2019-2020 OR continue to earn grades for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year to improve their grade(s).
- Students in K-8 will be reported as pass/fail. High school courses will be reported as grades for GPA calculation purposes.
- Work submitted after March 13th may be used for grades or to measure what students know. Specific directions will be provided by your principal. Any work submitted will only have a positive impact on a student’s grade(s).
- Any student who was on track to graduate on Friday, March 13, 2020 will be allowed to receive credit for all courses for which they were enrolled on or before March 13th.
This guidance is consistent with the approach that Georgia Superintendent Richards Woods is taking with mandated state testing and accountability requirements. See the GaDOE press release for detailed information. As mentioned in the release, the GaDOE has suspended the following until further notice:
- State assessment window/administration (including Georgia Milestones EOGs and EOCs, the Georgia Alternate Assessment/GAA 2.0, and all other required testing
- Teacher and leader evaluation (TKES/LKES) requirements and reporting
- State-level attendance-related consequences (including CCRPI, TKES/LKES, School Climate Star Rating, and make-up day requirements)
Feeding Students while School is Closed:
To continue to support Cobb students while schools are closed, the Cobb County School District is pleased to announce that the District is extending its partnership with MUST Ministries to provide food to our students in need. The District and non-profit have built a long-term solution to provide students with a 5-day supply of breakfasts and lunches at 8 school locations on Mondays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The first day of the meal distributions was Monday, March 23. Weekly meal distributions will continue through the end of the scheduled 2019-2020 school year.
Breakfast and Lunch School Distribution Locations on Mondays 11 am – 1 pm:
- Acworth Elementary
- Bryant Elementary
- Campbell HS
- Compton Elementary
- East Cobb Middle
- Garrett Middle
- Osborne High
- Riverside Intermediate
Food Distribution will continue during the week of Spring Break.
Facility Maintenance and Cleanliness:
The District continues to implement all best practices and materials at our disposal to keep each facility as clean as possible. Cobb maintenance personnel have worked around the clock to make sure each school is clean for students and staff by cleaning surfaces ( e.g., doorknobs, light switches, countertops ) with effective cleaning solutions. Whenever the District re-opens, students and staff will be walking into thoroughly clean classrooms, hallways, and buses.