MCSD News

  • May - 2021
  • 14
    Kathleen R Dickinson

    Columbus, GA- In an effort to further increase transparency and provide clarity to its public stakeholders, the Muscogee County School District has updated its data points related to active COVID-19 cases to reflect school-based sites only. The data reflects information made available to the District from individual sources. Information is updated each Friday and accessible on the District’s COVID-19 website.

    Muscogee County School District
    COVID-19 school-based active cases
    Week of May 10 - 14, 2021

    Category Description

    #

    Total enrolled students

    31,259

    Total in-person students

    17,547

    In-person student positive cases*

    3

    In-person student self-quarantine or isolation cases**

    50

    Total employees

    5,175

    Total school-based employees

    3,589

    School-based employee positive cases***

    4

    School-based employee self-quarantine or isolation cases****

    53



    The data points were updated to further align the District report to the Georgia Department of Public Health’s report, which exclusively reports school-based site information.

    *Accounts for in-person students reported with active COVID-19 positive cases during the specified week

    **Accounts for the total in-person students reported with self-quarantine/isolation cases, considering quarantine periods of 14 days which could overlap with District reporting weeks

    ***Accounts for school-based employees reported with active COVID-19 positive cases during the specified week

    ****Accounts for the total school-based employees reported with self-quarantine/isolation cases, considering quarantine periods of 14 days which could overlap with District reporting weeks

    Totals within each data set reflect active cases reported to the District within the specified week of each report with the exception of self-quarantine or isolation cases, which could overlap with the weekly District report due to the 14-day quarantine or isolation period endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    All active cases are monitored in coordination with the Department of Public Health to prevent the spread of illness. The District will continue to monitor data regarding COVID-19 within our local community, under the advisement of our public health agencies.

    The mission of the Muscogee County School District is to inspire and equip all students to achieve unlimited potential. For more information, please contact the Office of Communications at 706.748.2034 or communications@muscogee.k12.ga.us.

  • 9
    Ronald E Pleasant

    The following individuals serve as part of the MCSD medical panel advising the District during the Covid-19 pandemic:

    • Lewis David F – Superintendent
    • Dr. Erik Heiss – Rivertown Pediatrics
    • Terri Jordan – Acute Care Emergence PA
    • Josephine Gosa – Epidemiologist
    • Dr. Rebecca Reamy - Chief of Pediatrics at Piedmont Columbus Regional.
    • Dr. Kathrine Cheek – Rivertown Pediatrics
    • Brent Smith -Physician Assistant Rivertown Pediatrics
    • Dr. Brandi Nelson – Department of Public Health Epidemiologist
    • Gregory S. Ellington – General Legal Counsel
    • Arleska Castillo – Chief Human Resources Officer
    • Tracy Fox – Director of Risk Management
    • Mariel Smith – Employee Legal Counsel
    • Sarah H Sillitto – Executive Director of Regulatory Compliance
    • Nate Levy – Attorney – Workers’ Compensation
    • Dr. Asante Hiltz - Department of Public Health Epidemiologist
    • Dr. Jack Sherrer – Occupational Medicine of Columbus
    • Polhamus Jeananne B- Muscogee County School District Lead Nurse
    • Dr. Beverley Townsend – Department of Public Health District Health Director –West Central
    • Dr. Matt Linam – Consultative Epidemiologist, Emory University


  • 7
    Kathleen R Dickinson

    Columbus, GA- In an effort to further increase transparency and provide clarity to its public stakeholders, the Muscogee County School District has updated its data points related to active COVID-19 cases to reflect school-based sites only. The data reflects information made available to the District from individual sources. Information is updated each Friday and accessible on the District’s COVID-19 website.

    Muscogee County School District
    COVID-19 school-based active cases
    Week of May 3 - 7, 2021

    Category Description

    #

    Total enrolled students

    31,448

    Total in-person students

    17,565

    In-person student positive cases*

    17

    In-person student self-quarantine or isolation cases**

    209

    Total employees

    5,175

    Total school-based employees

    3,633

    School-based employee positive cases***

    2

    School-based employee self-quarantine or isolation cases****

    10



    The data points were updated to further align the District report to the Georgia Department of Public Health’s report, which exclusively reports school-based site information.

    *Accounts for in-person students reported with active COVID-19 positive cases during the specified week

    **Accounts for the total in-person students reported with self-quarantine/isolation cases, considering quarantine periods of 14 days which could overlap with District reporting weeks

    ***Accounts for school-based employees reported with active COVID-19 positive cases during the specified week

    ****Accounts for the total school-based employees reported with self-quarantine/isolation cases, considering quarantine periods of 14 days which could overlap with District reporting weeks

    Totals within each data set reflect active cases reported to the District within the specified week of each report with the exception of self-quarantine or isolation cases, which could overlap with the weekly District report due to the 14-day quarantine or isolation period endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    All active cases are monitored in coordination with the Department of Public Health to prevent the spread of illness. The District will continue to monitor data regarding COVID-19 within our local community, under the advisement of our public health agencies.

    The mission of the Muscogee County School District is to inspire and equip all students to achieve unlimited potential. For more information, please contact the Office of Communications at 706.748.2034 or communications@muscogee.k12.ga.us.

  • 7
    Kathleen R Dickinson



    Georgia Department of Education seeking public input on American Rescue Plan (ARP) spending

    May 5, 2021 – The Georgia Department of Education is seeking public feedback as it develops its plan for funds received through the American Rescue Plan (ARP), the third COVID-19 relief bill. This feedback applies specifically to the funds received by GaDOE to address statewide learning loss and other needs, not to the funding allocated to individual school districts.
    We ask that all interested Georgians – students, families, educators, and community members – provide feedback via email to ARP_ESSER@doe.k12.ga.us by May 19, 2021. Please consider answering the following questions in your email:

    • Please provide your assessment of the top 2-3 issues currently facing students, schools, or subgroups of students (identify subgroups) as a result of, or in response to, the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • What strategies, actions, or promising practices has your school, district, or organization observed to be most effective in supporting student needs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic?
    • How can GaDOE better support students, families, and schools for the safe return to in-person instruction and continuity of services?
    GaDOE will take this feedback into account as it develops plans for the use of ARP funds. For more information, click here.--

    Meghan Frick
    Director of Communications
    Georgia Department of Education
    mfrick@doe.k12.ga.us | 404-416-2286

  • 5
    Kathleen R Dickinson

    Columbus, GA- The Muscogee County School District has set the window for school year 2021-2022 Hardship and Open Seat Transfer requests in accordance with Georgia House Bill 251 (HB 251). Applications will be available online, at 12:00 a.m., May 10-21, 2021. Application submissions will close at 11:59 p.m. May 21, 2021; late submissions will not be considered for selection. Exceptions to the deadline include parents or legal guardians of students who are new to the district. Approvals and/or denials statuses will be sent, by email, to the parent and/or legal guardian by June 30, 2021.

    Parents and/or legal guardians should note the following information if preparing to apply for Open Seat Transfers in accordance with HB 251.

    • HB 251 allows parents or guardians of students enrolled in a public elementary or secondary school in Georgia to elect to enroll their student in a public school that is located within the school district in which the student resides, other than the one to which the student has been assigned, if such school has permanent classroom space available after its assigned students have been enrolled.
    • The parent/guardian shall assume the responsibility and cost of transportation of the student to and from the school.
    • If the student receives Special Education services, the school being applied to must already have the Special Education services in place, as required by the student's current Individual Education Plan (IEP) or the transfer request will be denied.
    • Students eligible for transfer under the unsafe school choice option will receive first priority for any available seats.
    • If the number of requests exceeds the number of spaces available at a school, the requests will be selected via a lottery. There will be no appeals.
    • The parent and/or legal guardian will have 14 days from the receipt of approval to confirm enrollment. Failure to confirm enrollment by the deadline will forfeit the transfer approval.
    • Any change of school placement which is not the result of a bona fide change of residence, such as transfers under HB 251, may impact a student's eligibility to participate in Georgia High School Association (GHSA) sanctioned varsity activities and events for a period of one calendar year. The parent and/or legal guardian is responsible for investigating and determining the impact on such a transfer.
    • There will be no sibling priority with the exception of a student with simultaneous multiple birth (e.g. twins, triplets, etc.) who is selected for a seat. Siblings of that exception will be drawn at the same time during the lottery with the other sibling(s) of that set receiving placement, if a seat is available.
    Please click on the following link to complete your Hardship or Open-Seat Transfer application:

    https://apps.muscogee.k12.ga.us/transfers

    The Muscogee County School District maintains attendance zones for school assignments. Parents are encouraged to register students at the school of assignment based on the legal residence. For more information related to transfer requests or assignments, parents and guardians should contact the zoned school of assignment or Central Registration at centralregistration@muscogee.k12.ga.us.

    The mission of the Muscogee County School District is to inspire and equip all students to achieve unlimited potential. For more information, please contact the Office of Central Registration at 706.748.2219 or centralregistration@muscogee.k12.ga.us.

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  • April - 2021
  • 30
    Kathleen R Dickinson

    WHAT: Children's Mental WEalth Week: Mental WEalth is for Everyone

    WHEN: Saturday, May 8, 2021- Friday, May 14, 2021

    WHERE: Various events will be hosted, please see the attached Flyers for more information.

    RESOURCES:

    Mindfulness Flyer 2021
    Mental WEalth Week 2021
    Suggested Activities Mental WEalth Week 2021

    QUESTIONS:

    Dr. Kenya Gilmore, Director of Prevention and Intervention Practices
    Gilmore.Kenya@muscogee.K12.ga.us
    Office: 706-748-3339; Cell: 706-566-2347

    Dr. Trikella Nelson, Director of Counseling
    Nelson.Trikella.l@muscogee.k12.ga.us
    Office: 706-748- 2226; Cell: 706-392-2372

  • 30
    Ronald E Pleasant

    Due to Spring Break and other events, GaDOE has extended the public feedback survey deadline for the proposed K-12 mathematics standards to May 7, 2021. To view the survey, go to: https://bit.ly/GaDOE-Mathematics-Survey-March-2021. We appreciate your feedback.

  • 16
    Kathleen R Dickinson

    Columbus, GA- In an effort to further increase transparency and provide clarity to its public stakeholders, the Muscogee County School District has updated its data points related to active COVID-19 cases to reflect school-based sites only. The data reflects information made available to the District from individual sources. Information is updated each Friday and accessible on the District’s COVID-19 website.

    Muscogee County School District
    COVID-19 school-based active cases
    Week of April 12-16 2021

    Category Description

    #

    Total enrolled students

    31,101

    Total in-person students

    17,538

    In-person student positive cases*

    5

    In-person student self-quarantine or isolation cases**

    147

    Total employees

    5,175

    Total school-based employees

    3,646

    School-based employee positive cases***

    6

    School-based employee self-quarantine or isolation cases****

    14



    The data points were updated to further align the District report to the Georgia Department of Public Health’s report, which exclusively reports school-based site information.

    *Accounts for in-person students reported with active COVID-19 positive cases during the specified week

    **Accounts for the total in-person students reported with self-quarantine/isolation cases, considering quarantine periods of 14 days which could overlap with District reporting weeks

    ***Accounts for school-based employees reported with active COVID-19 positive cases during the specified week

    ****Accounts for the total school-based employees reported with self-quarantine/isolation cases, considering quarantine periods of 14 days which could overlap with District reporting weeks

    Totals within each data set reflect active cases reported to the District within the specified week of each report with the exception of self-quarantine or isolation cases, which could overlap with the weekly District report due to the 14-day quarantine or isolation period endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    All active cases are monitored in coordination with the Department of Public Health to prevent the spread of illness. The District will continue to monitor data regarding COVID-19 within our local community, under the advisement of our public health agencies.

    The mission of the Muscogee County School District is to inspire and equip all students to achieve unlimited potential. For more information, please contact the Office of Communications at 706.748.2034 or communications@muscogee.k12.ga.us.

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  • 13
    Kathleen R Dickinson

    News Release

    MCSD Summer Learning Experience 2021

    The COVID-19 pandemic has had an adverse impact on our students’ learning and social-emotional well-being this past year. We understand all students have experienced some form of learning loss. In an effort to reimagine our summer learning programming, Muscogee County School District (MCSD) is excited to announce a new MCSD Summer Learning Experience 2021 for all students .This experience is designed to engage students in a variety of literacy, mathematics and enrichment learning activities through an interactive summer camp approach. The District and schools will work with local community partners to provide enrichment activities that support student interests in the areas of science, fine arts and sports.

    Registration for the MCSD Summer Learning Experience 2021 will begin Tuesday, April 13th and end Friday, May 7th.
    Please see the link below:

    Registration Link

    Registration Link (Spanish Version)


    Pre-Kindergarten

    Kindergarten – 8th Grade

    High School 9th – 12th Grade

    Dates: June 1st – July 19th

    Dates: June 1st – July 9th

    Dates: June 1st – July 9th

    Times: 8:00 am – 2:30 pm

    Times: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Times: 8:30 am – 12:30 pm




    Elementary School Sites - Schools in bold are Host Sites

    East

    Central

    West

    Midland (Mathews)

    Blanchard (Eagle Ridge/ Britt David)

    Double Churches (North Col.)

    Dawson (St. Mary’s Rd)

    Gentian (Clubview)

    River Road (Allen)

    Lonnie Jackson (Dimon)

    Rigdon Rd (Brewer)

    Fox

    Reese Rd (Forrest Rd/Waddell)

    South Columbus (Key)

    Downtown (J.D. Davis)

    Wesley Heights

    Dorothy Height

    Wynnton (Hannan /Johnson)

    Georgetown

    Martin Luther King


    Middle School Sites - Schools in bold are Host Sites

    East

    Central

    West

    Midland Middle (Aaron Cohn/Blackmon Rd)

    Eddy Middle

    Arnold (Richards)

    Rothschild

    Baker Middle

    Double Churches (Veterans)

    East Columbus Magnet



    Fort Middle


    All High Schools will host their own Summer Learning Program

    Note: Transportation, breakfast and lunch will be provided.

    Summer Transportation Requests: Submission window of April 13th - May 7th, 2021.
    Please select the following when submitting the request:

    1 Select the current school year (SY 2020-2021)

    2. Select “Summer School”

    3. Provide a valid email address


    Click to Submit Transportation Request

    Bus information will be available May 24-26. Please contact the student’s assigned school for bus passes or check the MCSD website under “Bus Stop” for route information.

    Questions: Transportation Department at 706-748-2876 or email: _RoutingDepartment@muscogee.k12.ga.us.

  • March - 2021
  • 19
    Mercedes Parham

    Columbus, GA- In an effort to further increase transparency and provide clarity to its public stakeholders, the Muscogee County School District has updated its data points related to active COVID-19 cases to reflect school-based sites only. The data reflects information made available to the District from individual sources. Information is updated each Friday and accessible on the District’s COVID-19 website.

    Muscogee County School District
    COVID-19 school-based active cases
    Week of March 15-19, 2021

    Category Description

    #

    Total enrolled students

    31,799

    Total in-person students

    17,844

    In-person student positive cases*

    8

    In-person student self-quarantine or isolation cases**

    320

    Total employees

    5,175

    Total school-based employees

    4,182

    School-based employee positive cases***

    8

    School-based employee self-quarantine or isolation cases****

    44



    The data points were updated to further align the District report to the Georgia Department of Public Health’s report, which exclusively reports school-based site information.

    *Accounts for in-person students reported with active COVID-19 positive cases during the specified week

    **Accounts for the total in-person students reported with self-quarantine/isolation cases, considering quarantine periods of 14 days which could overlap with District reporting weeks

    ***Accounts for school-based employees reported with active COVID-19 positive cases during the specified week

    ****Accounts for the total school-based employees reported with self-quarantine/isolation cases, considering quarantine periods of 14 days which could overlap with District reporting weeks

    Totals within each data set reflect active cases reported to the District within the specified week of each report with the exception of self-quarantine or isolation cases, which could overlap with the weekly District report due to the 14-day quarantine or isolation period endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    All active cases are monitored in coordination with the Department of Public Health to prevent the spread of illness. The District will continue to monitor data regarding COVID-19 within our local community, under the advisement of our public health agencies.

    The mission of the Muscogee County School District is to inspire and equip all students to achieve unlimited potential. For more information, please contact the Office of Communications at 706.748.2034 or communications@muscogee.k12.ga.us.

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