The Bibb County School District Newsletter
September 10, 2021
District Switches to Two Weeks of Asynchronous Learning
The Bibb County School District transitioned all schools to asynchronous learning for two weeks beginning Tuesday, September 7, and students will return to school for in-person learning on Monday, September 20. While the District continues to monitor COVID-19 cases by school, grade and classroom level each day, the District is also reviewing spread within our community.
“I am very confident our schools are safe. I believe the measures we put in place with requiring masks, socially distancing with the distance the CDC recommends, and frequent handwashing all help keep us safe,” Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones said. “However, I also recognize community spread is very high; and I believe in some cases the students are bringing COVID-19 into the schools, and maybe it is spreading that way."
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Superintendent Addresses COVID-19 Concerns on CNN
Pilot International Donates Supplies to Select Schools
In celebration of the organization’s 100th Anniversary, Pilot International Headquarters donated more than $21,000 worth of school supplies to selected Bibb County School District schools recently. This donation is the result of fundraising by Pilot’s clubs, groups and individuals.
“The Bibb County School District is appreciative of the act of generosity on behalf of Pilot International. Providing school supplies to our teachers is an action directly aligned to the organization’s mission of ‘supporting those who care for others,’” said Chief of Staff Dr. Tanzy Kilcrease. “We are grateful for Pilot International partnering with our teachers who have the important task of teaching our students every day.”
Soon after its founding in 1921, Pilot Club of Macon completed its first civic project by raising money to support local schools after a failed school bond proposal. The organization has since spread worldwide. This year’s project, which provided boxes of supplies to more than 420 District teachers, was intended to connect to those roots.
District Highlighting Importance of Attendance
Daniely, SOAR Academy Honored as GAAE Finalists
Meal Kits are Still Going Strong!
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Local Law Firm Donates $10,000 to Schools
Please join us in thanking Forrest B. Johnson & Associates! Recently, they presented $5,000 checks to Union Elementary and Elam Alexander Academy by way of their $10,000 donation through the Bibb County Education Foundation.
“The Bibb County Education Foundation, established in May of 2021, is very appreciative of the generous contributions of Forrest B. Johnson & Associates. Their commitment to our schools is a great example of community-centered leadership and service,” Dr. Lori Rodgers, President of the Bibb County Education Foundation, said.
The Bibb County Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) corporation established to enhance educational opportunities for students and staff within the Bibb County School District. School districts have started education foundations to engage the community in the process of improving local schools by providing a wide array of programs to meet the diverse needs of the students and the community.
District Hosting 'Hiring Blitz' Event
The Bibb County School District is looking to fill open positions in various departments
with a “Hiring Blitz” on September 15, 2021. This event will last from 9 a.m. to noon on the first floor of the central office building, located at 484 Mulberry Street in downtown Macon.
“We have positions available in several of our departments that offer competitive pay and a great benefits package,” said Holly Huynh, coordinator of talent management acquisitions. “With this event, we’re looking to get people to work in a way that will support what our students and faculty are doing each and every day.”
Positions are available for bus drivers, cafeteria monitors and custodians, as well as options in the maintenance department. Individuals who attend this event are asked to wear a mask and business casual attire, and resume copies are advised. Apply for positions in advance at www.bcsdk12.net/apply.
Upgraded Stadium Ready for Action Thanks to ESPLOST
Victory in Stories: Curlandra Lightfoot Smith
Meet Curlandra Lightfoot Smith. She’s up next for our #BibbVictories campaign to tell the stories of Victory in Progress in the Bibb County School District (BCSD) by students, teachers, staff and parents.
We are all in this together (even if it's virtually!) and we could all use a little more positivity on our social media feeds. Every day, we all have the power to inspire, make a difference and exemplify strength of character. This is the opportunity to do just that.
Curlandra has been a student and teacher in the District and now she’s a member of the Office of Student Support Services. She's also a parent of BCSD students. As the Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) Coordinator, she is responsible for helping schools implement one of the District’s non-negotiables items, PBIS. The program is evidence-based and improves and integrates all data, systems and practices affecting student outcomes every day.
After graduating from Northeast High School, she went on to earn her Bachelor of Social Work at THE Fort Valley State University. She then earned her Master of Social Work and Specialist degree in Teacher Leadership from Valdosta State University. Her expertise and love for our community shows through her commitment to service. “I was born and raised here by two (now retired) Bibb County educators. I’ve seen this city before working in the District. I’ve seen some heartbreaking things, and that’s what I wanted to go to education. I am here to accept students and with PBIS, it is continual teaching. We are always sharing our expectations for students and it makes a difference. It is all about building relationships,” she said.
This year, Smith was responsible for organizing the PBIS Back to School Bash drive-through event at the Ed DeFore Sports Complex in which approximately 1,000 parents, guardians and students attended and over 230 volunteers & 25 vendors gave their time. It was a huge success!
If you have a student in our District, then you know the power of PBIS. In fact, the District is home to several distinguished and operational PBIS schools. Thank you, Curlandra Smith, for your unwavering dedication to Bibb County Schools! #BibbVIP
District Partnering with Library for Student Access
Vineville Academy Honors Parapro Joining Air Force
Suicide Prevention Month
Law Firm Donates to Bibb Schools
Springdale Teacher Recognized as Top Leader
Bibb County School District
VISION: Each student will demonstrate strength of character and will be college or career ready.
MISSION: The Bibb County School District develops a highly trained staff and an engaged community dedicated to educating each student for a 21st century global society.
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