Better Together

News from the Clarke County School District • 7/29/22

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Back to School Guide for 2022-23

Welcome, CCSD families, to the upcoming 2022-23 school year!


In advance of the start of school on Aug. 3, CCSD has put together these resources for families in a centralized location — including information on open-house events at each school, uniform requirements, school supplies, bus routes, registration, the Code of Student Conduct, school nutrition, and more.

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COVID-19 Updates

As we approach the start of the 2022-23 school year, the Clarke County School District is providing this update to families regarding district COVID-19 policies and guidelines.


  • Mask policy
  • Testing
  • Vaccines
  • Environmental mitigations
  • General guidance
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CCSD Encourages Families to Update Parent Portal Information

The 2022-23 school year starts Aug. 3, and we would like to make sure we have current contact information for your household in Infinite Campus, our student information system. This will ensure our schools send out communication notices to the correct home addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers.


Click here for more information on where to check this information and for how to make updates.

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FFE 2022 Teaching and Staff Awards Presented

CCSD wishes to thank the Foundation for Excellence in Public Education in Clarke County, Georgia (FFE) for recognizing our teachers and staff with its 2022 teaching and staff awards.


The FFE is a nonprofit whose mission is to encourage, recognize, and reward excellence in

the Clarke County School District. Donations and income from its endowment are put to work through classroom grants and various awards, as the organization provides approximately $45,000 annually in grants and awards to CCSD teachers, administrators, support staff, and students annually.


FFE representatives spent Thursday morning, July 28, traveling across the district to present the 2022 awards, which carry with them a combined $17,000, to 15 teachers and staff members at six of our schools who were nominated by their colleagues, parents, and community members.


Read more and see the list of winners here.

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First Lady, U.S. Secretary of Education Get Look at Program, Partnership Supporting CCSD Student Achievement

Thanks to a successful community partnership between the Horizons Atlanta summer education program, the Mary Frances Early College of Education at the University of Georgia, and the Clarke County School District, 30 students from Barnett Shoals Elementary School had the opportunity this summer to improve their academic performance and physical fitness and experience more cultural enrichment activities. And on Thursday, July 21, the students and their families had the chance to welcome a pair of special guests who came to see the program in action.


First Lady Dr. Jill Biden and U.S. Secretary of Education Dr. Miguel Cardona visited Athens on Thursday to meet with the students, program leaders, school and university officials, and families. Their visit was part of a series of stops across the country highlighting programs supported by President Biden’s coronavirus relief program, which provided federal funding to help schools address academic and mental health deficits created by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Click here to read more.

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Partnership with UNG Helps Middle School Students Guard Against ‘Summer Slide’

The second year of a summer educational enrichment program at the University of North Georgia’s Oconee campus in Watkinsville in partnership with the Clarke County School District helped dozens of Athens-Clarke County middle school students guard against the “summer slide.”


Forty-eight students from CCSD enrolled in the second year of the Nighthawks Student Opportunities for Accelerated Readiness (SOAR) program at UNG, which targets economically disadvantaged and English-as-a-second-language youth who are prospective first-generation college students. SOAR was designed to bridge the education gap for rising sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade students during a three-week, camp-like summer program in June and is intended for students who would benefit from participating in a summer enrichment and engagement program. It is provided at no cost to participants and was sponsored in part by Georgia Power.


Read more about the program here.

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In Case You Missed It: New Leadership Hires

The Clarke County Board of Education approved several new school and administrative leadership hires over the summer. Click the links below to read more about some of them.


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Family and Community Engagement Updates

‘Cares for Kids’


The Department of Family and Community Engagement would like to give a huge thank you to Keller Williams Greater Athens for their support of CCSD students and families.


Thanks to their “Cares for Kids” initiative, the department recently received donations of book bags filled with school supplies, and our Community School Organizers and Family Engagement Specialists gave these out to students during registration. They also donated 30 “care bears” — received by CCSD’s Trauma-Informed Specialists — to be given to students when they experience trauma.

The FES Hub


We encourage our families to visit our new family engagement specialist hub. This is a one-stop shop with many different resources — including Title I/Crate resources, a directory of family engagement specialists at each school, and other community resources.

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How to Address Questions, Concerns

Have a question or concern that you'd like to address? CCSD has put together a matrix of who to reach out to depending on the situation.


Please click here to view this information. You can also go to CCSD's main site at clarke.k12.ga.us, go to the "I Want To" tab at the top of the page, and select “Ask a Question/Submit a Concern.”

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Board of Education 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, Aug. 11, at 6 p.m. (in-person and broadcast on the CCSD YouTube channel).
  • Board Briefs: Click to read the "Board Briefs" overview from meetings.
  • 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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CCSD COVID-19 Testing Clinics

CCSD is providing free COVID-19 testing clinics for students and staff. Clinics will be held in schools across the district. Rapid antigen tests (results in 15 minutes) and PCR tests (results in 24-48 hours) will be available. No appointment is necessary, but registration is required.


Testing Clinic Information

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