Better Together

News from the Clarke County School District • 10/8/21

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Every year, the Clarke County School District honors the hard-working professionals who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure our schools and workplaces are spotless, sanitary, and fully stocked: Our magnificent custodians!

CCSD’s Custodian Appreciation Week follows National Custodian Workers Recognition Day on October 2 annually. It’s all about celebrating their immeasurable contributions as they consistently deliver outstanding attention to detail in running well-maintained buildings. No question, their professionalism contributes greatly to the first impressions of anyone walking through our front doors.

Day after day, our schools look organized and presentable because of the tireless work of our custodial workers as they keep everything in tiptop condition! Please don’t forget to say, “Thank You!” for everything they do to support our students, staff, and families!

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Pictured are Janice Flanigan, head custodian, and Marie Daniel, custodian at Clarke Middle School.

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Support ACCA's "Career Closet"

The Athens Community Career Academy's "Career Closet" is a resource for CCSD students to "shop" (free of charge) for business-appropriate clothing. Having the appropriate attire for career fairs, internships, and job interviews instills confidence and enable our students to focus on the task at hand instead of worrying about borrowing or buying clothing.

The United Way's "Days of Caring" campaign solicits volunteers to help collect new or gently used clothing. Sign up here (by Wednesday, October 13).

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FREE Boys & Girls Club After-School Program

Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) offer students a broad array of services, programs, and activities designed to complement the regular academic program.

Applications are being accepted now!

  • Boys & Girls Club (Westside at H.T. Edwards) - 706-357-5368
  • Boys & Girls Club (Eastside at Joel E. Smilow Club) - 706-546-5910
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Immunization Deadline Extended Until NOV 1

CCSD is extending the proof of immunization deadline to Monday, November 1. Parents do not need to turn in any forms to the school -- school nurses will be able to view updated immunizations electronically. Immunizations are still available at:

  1. The Clarke County Health Department
    706-389-6921 (choose option 5 for immunizations)
  2. The Hilsman Health Center (by appointment only)
    870 Gaines School Rd, Athens, GA 30645
  3. Your regular medical provider
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E-SPLOST Referendum November 2

The Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax for Education (E-SPLOST) is a one-penny sales tax that Georgia school systems may use for capital improvements and/or long-term debt reduction from previous bonds.

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We Want You On Our Team!

There’s never been a better time to sign on as a Substitute Teacher or Paraprofessional in Athens! Throughout the year, we’ve been recruiting great people to lend their passion and talents to the students and staff here in the Clarke County School District.

Now, we’re sweetening the offer with daily pay increases and monthly bonuses! How about an ADDITIONAL $19 per day and then an EXTRA $300 after 20 days worked?!?! Learn more by visiting, calling our partners at ESS at 877-983-2244.

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Calendar Reminders

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

  • October 14: Regular BOE Meeting
  • November 1: CCSD Deadline for Up-to-Date Immunizations
  • November 22 - 26: Thanksgiving Break
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BOE 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, October 14 at 6:00 p.m. (in-person and broadcast on the CCSD YouTube channel). Click to read the "Board Brief" meeting overview.
  • 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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Please Remember Your Mask

Per CDC Guidelines, the Clarke County School District requires that ALL individuals wear a mask in our buildings, regardless of vaccination status. Please remember to wear your mask if you are inside a CCSD building. Thank you!

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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.

  • 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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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.

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