Better Together

News from the Clarke County School District • 8/5/22

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Welcome Back to School!

The 2022-23 school year got off to a wonderful start Wednesday, Aug. 3, as we welcomed students back into our buildings.


CCSD wishes to thank all of our teachers, principals, support staff, nutrition workers, bus drivers, families, and everyone who played a role in the successful kick-off of a new year of learning.


See more photos from the first two days here and here.

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UGA Athletic Association Distributes Backpacks to Stroud Students

CCSD thanks the University of Georgia Athletic Association and the student-athletes who visited Howard B. Stroud Elementary on Monday, Aug. 1, to distribute backpacks for all Stroud students through the “Learn, Play, Excel” program.


The program was started in 2011 as a way for UGA student-athletes to meet and mentor students about the importance of education, perseverance, and pursuing their dreams. UGA coaches and student-athletes encourage elementary school students with presentations that focus on education, leadership, respecting authority, anti-bullying, and the value of participating in sports.


Check out this Instagram reel of Monday’s distribution.

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CCSD Receives Award of Distinction for Excellent Financial Reporting

Congratulations to our Finance and Business Services team for their hard work in helping CCSD receive the Award of Distinction for Excellent Financial Reporting from the Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts (DOAA) for Fiscal Year 2021!


CCSD won the award after receiving a “clean opinion” from DOAA auditors with no findings and by submitting all FY21 financial statements roughly six weeks in advance of the Dec. 31, 2021, deadline. The district was one of 39 across the state to receive the award.


DOAA auditors presented the audit report to the Board of Education on Thursday, Aug. 4, and presented CCSD Chief Financial Officer Byron Schueneman with the award.


You can view the report here.

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Cedar Shoals Alum Named to UGA's '40 Under 40' List

CCSD is proud to have former student and Cedar Shoals High graduate Christina Faust named in the University of Georgia's "40 Under 40," an honor that recognizes and celebrates young alumni who have followed their time at UGA with careers leading their respective fields, serving their communities, and making a positive impact on the world.


Ms. Faust is an ecologist studying infectious diseases and environmental change and was honored for her research that addresses the emergence of zoonotic diseases in human populations.


Click here to read more.

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CCSD Staff, Families Asked to Provide Input on Academic Calendars for 2023-24, 2024-25

CCSD’s Academic Calendar Committee is seeking input from families and staff on the 2023-2024 and 2024-2025 calendars.


To share your thoughts, please take our 10-15 minute survey by clicking this link or by scanning the QR code below.


All families and staff are invited to complete the survey by Monday, Aug. 15.

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Parents, Guardians Asked to Review Approved 2022-23 Code of Student Conduct

Parents and guardians of CCSD students are asked to review the 2022-23 Code of Student Conduct. From the main district website, the code can be accessed from the “For Families” tab at the top of the page. In addition, all schools will have paper copies of the code available in the coming weeks. Printed copies will be available in the front office of each school.


The Code of Student Conduct was approved by the Board of Education at its July 14 meeting, and we ask that you let us know that you have reviewed the code by submitting your signature through the QR code found on page 2 of the document.

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CCSD Encourages Families to Update Parent Portal Information

We would like to make sure we have current contact information for your household in Infinite Campus, our student information system. This will ensure our schools send out communication notices to the correct home addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers.


Click here for more information on where to check this information and for how to make updates.

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Family and Community Engagement Updates

Family Engagement Academy


Our Family Engagement Specialists will be attending the Family Engagement Academy inaugural session next week. The Academy will kick off with a “Community Scavenger Hunt,” Title I training, and a celebration of the 2021-22 Family Engagement Specialist of the Year.


The Family Engagement Academy will be held monthly and will include professional development by Dr. Jamon Flowers from the University of Georgia, Title I training by Dr. Donna Elder, Executive Director of Federal Programs for CCSD, community guest speakers, FES-led sessions, and more.

Chase Street Safety Plan


This week, Omar Reid, Community School Organizer (CSO) for Chase Street Elementary, met with Athens-Clarke County transportation and traffic engineering officials and representatives of the Boulevard Neighborhood Association and Georgia Bikes to do a “walking audit” of streets and intersections around the school and neighborhood during drop-off and pick-up times.


The audit is part of the second phase of a two-phase project aimed at installing pedestrian-safety improvements around the school.

The FES Hub


We encourage our families to visit our new family engagement specialist hub. This is a one-stop shop with many different resources — including Title I/Crate resources, a directory of family engagement specialists at each school, and other community resources.

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How to Address Questions, Concerns

Have a question or concern that you'd like to address? CCSD has put together a matrix of who to reach out to depending on the situation.


Please click here to view this information. You can also go to CCSD's main site at clarke.k12.ga.us, go to the "I Want To" tab at the top of the page, and select “Ask a Question/Submit a Concern.”

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Board of Education News

The Clarke County Board of Education welcomes community feedback. Here are ways you can share your voice:

  • Contact BOE Members: Click here to view a list of the BOE members and their contact information.
  • Attend a Meeting: Next regular meeting is Thursday, Aug. 11, at 6 p.m. (in-person and broadcast on the CCSD YouTube channel).
  • Board Briefs: Click to read the "Board Briefs" overview from meetings.
  • Public Comments: Click here for information on how to sign-up to speak at a regular BOE meeting.
  • Review Policies for Review: View and comment on district policies pending public review.
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CCSD COVID-19 Testing Clinics

CCSD is providing free COVID-19 testing clinics for students and staff. Clinics will be held in schools across the district. Rapid antigen tests (results in 15 minutes) and PCR tests (results in 24-48 hours) will be available. No appointment is necessary, but registration is required.


Testing Clinic Information

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