Better Together

News from the Clarke County School District • 9/10/21

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“For twelve years, Mr. Randall Watkins has been a dedicated and faithful employee, and we are super excited that he was selected as the ‘Employee of the Month.’ Mr. Watkins is an extraordinary teacher because he always goes the extra mile to support staff, inspires positivity, and uplift students. He is considerate, compassionate, and a consummate professional. Mr. Watkins is a master teacher because he reaches the heart before he teaches the mind. He is a master teacher because he authentically seeks to cultivate, empower, and meet the holistic needs of the students he serves. Every day, Mr. Watkins arrives ready to work, serve, and build our community. He is our ‘child whisperer,’ our model staff member, and a phenomenal member of the Hilsman and CCSD family. Thank you, Mr. Watkins, for representing our profession with unyielding dignity, compassion, and honor. Mr. Randall Watkins, you make us better every day.” ~ Capucina Douglas, Principal

Want to nominate an employee? Anyone -- parents, students, community members, CCSD staff members -- can nominate an employee. Click here for details.

Thank you to our partners for supporting our employees! We thank the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce and over 20 local businesses for supporting our EOM program by generously donating gifts and services to our winners.

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BOE Community Event (Virtual)

The Clarke County School Board will hold its first Community Event on Tuesday, September 14, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. This will be a virtual event.

Participants will use a link (at an appointed time) to enter the meeting and participate in three breakout sessions. School board members will pose a question about the operation of the BOE and capture feedback.

There are limited slots available, so if you are interested, sign up as soon as possible by sending your name and email address to Greg Davis, BOE member, at

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Calendar Reminders

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

  • 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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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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ACC Leisure Services Newsletter

Stay up-to-date on all the services and programs offered by ACC Leisure Services in their electronic newsletter:

  • Leisure Pursuits E-Newsletter - English
  • Leisure Pursuits E-Newsletter - Spanish
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Get the COVID-19 Vaccine and Receive $100 Gift Cards!

Beginning 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.
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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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Are You Eligible for a Tax Credit?

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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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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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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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, October 14 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.
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