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News from the Clarke County School District • 9/2/21

Virtual Learning Survey Closes September 3

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Parents of Students in Grades K8:

The Clarke County School District is developing plans to extend its virtual learning options to students in grades K–8. Virtual learning will be provided by Proximity Learning and will consist of live instruction (synchronous) during normal school hours. Students will receive all core subjects (e.g., English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies) through certified Proximity Learning teachers. They differentiate lessons based on student's needs, learning styles, and interests while delivering our district’s curriculum through an Enriched Live Instruction Model. Although not CCSD employees, these teachers care about their students and their academic success.

Additionally, specials (K–8) and connections (6–8) courses (e.g., art, music, health/physical education) will be offered through asynchronous instruction by CCSD teachers. Students will also receive social-emotional learning (SEL) lessons from a district school counselor.

This survey is for K8 families only. Please click here to complete the survey to indicate your interest in virtual learning for your student. The survey is scheduled to close on September 3, 2021. The survey is not binding; however, it will help in our planning. After we finalize student interest, we will provide registration information, and students will receive virtual instruction for the remainder of the fall semester.

To learn more about Proximity Learning, visit View a short video from a 4th-grade classroom in Newton County.

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High Schools Pivot to Virtual Instruction

High school students will pivot to virtual instruction for four days, beginning on Tuesday, September 7. Adaptive special education students will remain in-person with no change to their instructional model. Students will return to in-person learning on Monday, September 13, 2021.

School athletics will continue with practices and competitions as normal. High school leaders will make determinations regarding other clubs and extracurricular activities. Click the link below to read the full letter to parents/guardians.

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Calendar Reminders

Click to view the 2021-22 Academic Calendar. Important dates:

  • September 3: Virtual Learning Survey Deadline
  • September 3 & 6: Student Holiday
  • October 1: CCSD Deadline for Up-to-Date Immunizations
  • October 6: Asynchronous Learning Day
  • October 7-8: Parent/Teacher Conferences (Student Holiday)
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Get the COVID-19 Vaccine and Receive $100 Gift Cards!

Beginning tomorrow (Sept. 3), anyone who hasn’t received the COVID-19 vaccine and lives, works, or goes to school here in Athens-Clarke County, is eligible for $100 in gift cards- per shot! Click here for details!

There are two opportunities tomorrow to get the COVID-19 vaccine and qualify for the $100 per shot incentive:

  • ACC Housing Authority 300 S Rocksprings Street from 10 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Downtown Athens at the College Square Pedestrian Mall from 4:00 p.m - 7:00 p.m.
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Up-to-Date Immunizations Due October 1

The CCSD immunization deadline has been extended until October 1, 2021, for ALL students to be up to date on Georgia's state-mandated immunizations (GA Form 3231). Students whose immunizations remain expired on October 1, 2021, will be withdrawn from school.

Note: Students who are 16 and older must have a booster dose of the MVC4 vaccine.

What Should Parents Do?

  1. To see if your child is up to date or not, please contact your child's medical provider.
  2. Parents do not need to turn any updated records into the schools.
  3. Once your child's immunizations are up to date, the school nurse can view the records in GRITS, the state's electronic immunization registry.


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New CCSD COVID-19 Reporting Tool

To provide additional clarity and real-time data regarding the number of cases of COVID in our schools, a CCSD COVID-19 Dashboard is available on the district website containing automatic hourly updates. We hope our community will find this additional data helpful as we work together to provide a safe learning environment for the students of Clarke County.

  • The CCSD COVID-19 Dashboard displays positive cases in the past 14 days and 30 days across the district and by each school, with hourly updates.
  • Previously, data was reported in 7-day increments and was only updated each Friday. This new 14-day window will allow us to communicate more school-level data, as those numbers are typically too small to report in 7-day increments.
  • Precautionary quarantines will continue to be reported at the district level; however, it will now show the total percentage of students and staff combined to provide additional context for the data.
  • A graph of monthly counts illustrates trends at both the school and district levels.
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COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination Information

CCSD recommends that all eligible students and staff get vaccinated against COVID and testing for anyone who has symptoms of COVID. Watch this important message from Tionya Lawrence, a Nurse Practioner at the Hilsman Health Center -- she and her team help CCSD be "Healthy Every Day!"

  • PCR testing appointments are available throughout the community at The Hilsman Health Center (for CCSD students, families, staff): 706-546-7463.
  • View GaDPH COVD-19 FREE Testing Sites (100% FREE testing for all participants)
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The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a refundable tax credit that may give you a significant refund at tax time or lower the federal taxes you owe. Click here to learn about the tax credit and other benefits.

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Athens-Clarke County's Water Works Photo Contest

The ACC Water Works Department wants photographers of all ages and experience levels to submit a photo to be used in a TV commercial. The 10 photos receiving the most votes in an online contest, will be used in a TV commercial to air on Charter TV in the month of October to recognize Imagine a Day Without Water. Click here for contest rules and more information.

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Athens Water Festival

Athens-Clarke County government invites all families to the 2021 Athens Water Festival - a fun day of activities for the entire family! Compete in water games to earn your spot on the Olympic pedestal. Don't forget to bring a bathing suit and a water bottle. Click here to read all the details.

  • Saturday, September 11 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Location: Sandy Creek Park (400 Bob Holman Road)
  • Cost: $2 per person park entry (scholarships available)
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Community Food Resources

If you know of someone in our community experiencing food insecurity, please visit Community Food Resources to view dates/times of food distributions in Athens-Clarke County.
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Internet Service Benefit

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. This new benefit will connect eligible households to jobs, critical healthcare services, virtual classrooms, and so much more. Click to view details.
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Board of Education Information

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, September 9 at 6:00 p.m. (in-person and broadcast on the CCSD YouTube channel).
  • Public Comments: Click here for information on how to sign-up to speak at a regular BOE meeting.

BOE Regular Meeting

Thursday, Sep. 9th, 6pm

Dearing Extension

Athens, GA

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