Better Together

News from the Clarke County School District • 8/27/21

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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Calendar Reminders

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

  • 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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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 Students whose immunizations remain expired on October 1, 2021, will be withdrawn from school.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.


Resources:

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Language Line - Connect with CCSD

Imagine a world where language and cultural barriers no longer exist -- where understanding is universal, and everyone is empowered -- and "Better Together!"


CCSD is proud to serve our diverse community by offering Language Line, a FREE language interpreting service. Simply call 833-599-2058 to connect to an interpreter for these languages: Arabic, Burmese, Korean, Hindi, Karen, Portuguese, Punjabi, Spanish, Vietnamese.

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ACC Leisure Services September Newsletter

Stay up-to-date on all the services and programs offered by ACC Leisure Services in their electronic newsletter Leisure Pursuits – September 2021.
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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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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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New UGA Art Gallery Seeking Youth Interns

The University of Georgia’s new contemporary art gallery, Athenaeum, will host programming internships for up to eight students aged 14 to 19 from the Athens area to develop the gallery’s inaugural youth-led public programming. Participants will lead and plan sessions, host field trips, and spatial interventions, facilitate public engagement and intergenerational dialogue, curate and host events, and develop frameworks for future programming at Athenaeum. Click here to apply. Questions? Contact lisa@socai.org.

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UGA String Project


The University of Georgia’s Hugh Hodgson School of Music provides afterschool group instruction through the UGA String Project. Students in grades 3-5 can learn to play the violin, viola, cello, and bass. The cost is $100/semester, and scholarships are available for students who meet certain income criteria. Classes start on August 30.

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Homework Help for Free!

Know a student or a parent needing help getting through daily homework assignments or writing a paper for class? Great news: The Athens-Clarke County Library System is promoting FREE tutoring assistance for Clarke County families from 2 p.m. through 9 p.m. every day.


This service provides expert tutors to work with K-12 students for help with any kind of academic question in math, science, English, social studies, writing, and even with Advanced Placement-level and intro-level college coursework.


Connecting with a tutor is easy! You just need your library card and any Internet-connected device. Simply head to www.tutor.com/athensregional and create a free account or log in to an existing one.

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Join Cub Scouts (Grades K–5)

Cub Scouting (for boys and girls in Grades K-5) is fun for the whole family – it's fun, hands-on learning and achievement that puts kids in the middle of the action and prepares them for today – and life. Click to view information about the Cub Scouts of Northeast Georgia.

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The fall season of Little League baseball and softball is right around the corner! Scholarships are available for Athens-Clarke County residents. Click here for registration information.
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