The following is the official announcement from Cobb County School System:
Cobb Schools Closing:
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 Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as, as our state leaders.
In accordance with Governor Kemp’s guidance today and to best prioritize student and staff safety, effective Monday, March 16th, Cobb Schools will be closed.
The school closures include all school building activities, athletics/sports, extracurricular school activities, and trips.
While our school buildings will be closed, the education process will not stop. All staff will work remotely to best support students, including delivering digital and physical instructional resources to students while they’re at home.
The decision to close schools was not easy. After already closing one school as a result of a positive case of COVID-19 and now the news of the first confirmed COVID-19 related death in Cobb County and Gov. Kemp’s recommendations, we knew the time had come to transition students to digital learning and close our schools.
We know that you may have questions regarding how the school closure will impact you, and we will work to provide you the answers.
We will continue to keep our community updated on the next steps during the school closure process as we turn to our digital learning resources.
We know this is a very difficult time for our school families and the community. We will work together to get through this unprecedented time.
More information will be communicated on Friday, March 13 to all our families and staff.
“We made this decision in keeping with our commitment to prioritizing student and staff safety and in consultation with the Georgia Department of Health and the Governor’s office.” — Superintendent Chris Ragsdale
School Events Canceled:
All Cobb Schools related events, including prom, will be canceled starting Monday, March 16. Events, like prom, scheduled prior to Monday may continue as scheduled but could be canceled by the outside venue.
Coronavirus: Information and Guidelines for Cobb County Schools
The Superintendent and District Leadership are in constant contact with public health, state of Georgia, and Federal officials and continue to follow their guidance on developments related to COVID-19 (the coronavirus). To prioritize the safety of our students and staff, we remain committed to following the most current recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH).
To speak with someone about Cobb’s coronavirus response call 770-514-2500.
The following guidelines are currently in place across all Cobb Schools.
International travel for students:
Effective 03/12/2020, all international travel is canceled for all Cobb students for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.
Student Attendance Incentives:
As of March 9, all student attendance incentives, including incentives for awards and finals, for all schools, are suspended for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Attendance incentives prior to March 9 will still be recognized.
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 are working around the clock to make sure each school is clean for students and staff and are routinely cleaning surfaces ( e.g., doorknobs, light switches, countertops ) with effective cleaning solutions.
Staff Travel Restrictions:
All non-essential, work-related travel for all employees has been suspended for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year. Employees should inform their supervisor via telephone and/or email, prior to returning to work, if they have traveled to areas with a Level 3 or 4 Travel Health Notice advisory for the coronavirus, as identified by the CDC or the U.S. Department of State.
Virtual school options
With one of the longest-running virtual academies in the country, for almost two decades Cobb has been delivering instruction to students through traditional and virtual classrooms. In the current environment, Cobb is well-positioned to continue to deliver content to students physically and digitally through a variety of digital tools and resources. If needed, specific guidance will be provided by each local school in Cobb County.
We continue to encourage students, staff, and parents to separate fact from fear by listening to guidance from public health officials through resources found on this page. To speak with someone about Cobb’s coronavirus response call 770-514-2500.