Covid 19 Coronavirus Updates

7/10/2020

Below you will find reopening information for the 2020-2021 school year. The information outlines enhanced safety protocols, learning options, and has a list of frequently asked questions. Information is changing on a daily basis. Any updates to the reopening information will be posted here. 

The enhanced safety protocols will be presented to the board of education for approval at the July 21 called meeting.

 Reopening DCS Parent Info

Frequently Asked Questions (will be updated July 17, 2020)

After reviewing the reopening information, if you have questions, please submit them using this link: https://forms.gle/7dVwiGfbGM2ndg3v5

After reviewing the reopening information, if you want to submit a Commitment Form for the online learning option, please use this link: https://forms.gle/YSLQBGZxHCpjGXqi9


6/18/2020

At the June 16, Board of Education Meeting, Superintendent Dr. Damon Gibbs shared news about the upcoming school year. At this time, the district plans to welcome back staff and students as scheduled on the approved 2020-2021 school calendar. The recent parent survey indicated that the majority of parents support the reopening of schools. The district is working diligently on a plan that addresses the safety and well-being of our school community and concerns shared by parents. The district is also exploring options for those who prefer an online platform. Details of the plan will be shared no later than July 24, 2020. 

6/3/2020

***A survey regarding re-opening of schools has been emailed to all PARENTS***
Your feedback will be critical as we develop a plan that meets the needs of Dawson County. To view the guidance plan developed by the Georgia Department of Education, in coordination with the Department of Public Health, click HERE. If you are a parent and do not receive the survey please contact Tiffany Davis at tiffanydavis@dawson.k12.ga.us or call 706-265-3246.


6/1/2020

The Georgia Department of Education, in coordination with the Department of Public Health, has developed guidance to support districts and communities on determining their plans and strategies for reopening schools.  Georgia's Path to Recovery for K-12 Schools is being used by Dawson County Schools  to develop clear, actionable steps that will be taken before students and staff will return to our schools in August.  Click HERE to view the guidance plan.

We are developing surveys that will be emailed to all parents and staff on June 3, 2020. Your feedback will be critical as we develop a plan that meets the needs of Dawson County.  If you are a parent and do not receive the survey please contact Tiffany Davis at tiffanydavis@dawson.k12.ga.us or call 706-265-3246.


5/29/2020
Click here for the letter to parents from Dawson County Schools regarding the GHSA ruling information on voluntary athletic conditioning. Please click here for GHSA Guidance information. 

5/4/2020
Dawson County Schools Student Support Newsletter for Parents.  Click HERE.
Boletín de apoyo estudiantil de las escuelas del condado de Dawson para padres.  Hacer clic Español.

4/27/2020
Dawson County Schools Student Support Newsletter for Parents.  Click HERE.
Boletín de apoyo estudiantil de las escuelas del condado de Dawson para padres.  Hacer clic Español.


4/20/2020

CLICK HERE to view our plans and updates for the end of the 2019-2020 school year. If you have questions or concerns, please contact your child's school. Thank you for your continued support!

CLICK HERE for the Spanish translated plans and updates for the 2019-2020 school year. 


Dawson County Schools Student Support Newsletter for Parents.  Click HERE
Boletín de apoyo estudiantil de las escuelas del condado de Dawson para padres.  Hacer clic Español.



4/17/2020
Open letter from State School Superintendent Richard Woods to school districts, parents, students & teachers. We must choose compassion over compliance. Click HERE.

4/13/2020
Dawson County Schools Student Support Newsletter for Parents.  Click HERE.

4/3/2020

Dawson County Schools Student Support Newsletter for Parents.  Click HERE.

4/1/2020

Governor Kemp has ordered that schools remain closed for in-person instruction for the remainder of the school year. We will continue to serve our students through the online learning platform and make appropriate adjustments as needed. We will provide information concerning upcoming events as we have answers.


We are currently delivering over 20,000 meals per week to the children of Dawson County and will continue to follow the guidance of the Georgia Department of Public Health and CDC. Food deliveries on 4/3 will include food for the week of spring break.



3/26/2020

Governor Kemp has mandated that schools will remain closed for in-person instruction through April 24th, with students returning April 27th. Per the GHSA, all practices and contests will remain suspended until at least April 24th.
We are anxious to return to our normal routines, especially for our senior class. We ask for your patience and understanding as we continue to engage our students via our online learning platform. Dawson County Schools will be closed to observe Spring Break the week of April 6-10, 2020. Thank you for continued partnership during this time.

https://gov.georgia.gov/executive-action/executive-orders/2020-executive-orders


3/23/2020

Based on Governor Kemp's ban on gatherings of 10 or more people until 4/6, Dawson County Schools will remain closed to students through spring break. Our hope is to have students return on 4/13/20.

To view Governor Kemp's Executive Orders, click here:
https://gov.georgia.gov/executive-action/executive-orders/2020-executive-orders


3/16/2020

By order of Governor Kemp, Dawson County Schools will remain closed through 3/31/20. Our schools have plans in place that are scalable for this extended absence. Food delivery will begin as planned on 3/17. Any changes will be communicated as they occur.

Starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020, our School Nutrition Department and our Transportation Department will begin delivering meals through our normal bus routes. Delivery buses will start at each school at 10:30 am with the hope to have all meals delivered at each bus stop by 11:30 am. All children ages 0-18 may receive a lunch and a breakfast for the next morning. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to deliver meals to the children during this unprecedented time.


Update from Georgia Department of Education, including testing & accountability requirements:  https://www.gadoe.org/External-Affairs-and-Policy/communications/Pages/PressReleaseDetails.aspx?PressView=default&pid=752&fbclid=IwAR0sXyNu3giCkHXfKHKyOg5-8nufvj2iRVB2ggDzPnwNkrZjBv5HHCbs29c


3/13/2020 

Beginning Monday, March 16, the Dawson County School Nutrition Program will provide Breakfast and lunch meals FREE TO ALL CHILDREN up to age 18.  Meals will be served Grab and Go at the front entrance of Kilough Elementary School, Riverview Elementary School, and Dawson County Junior High School. Meals may be picked up each day school is not in session between 10:30 am and 11:30 am. If you have any questions please contact Linda Byrd, School Nutrition Director -lbyrd@dawson.k12.ga.us or 706-265-3246.


Please read the below update concerning our district's response to the COVID-19 situation following the press release from Governor Kemp late yesterday.  

Covid Update

3/12/2020

Governor Kemp held a news conference today in conjunction with the Georgia Department of Education. A summary of his comments and guidance to schools is below:

Local school systems have already implemented some limited closures in specific areas to deal with recent presumed positive and confirmed cases of COVID-19. During the press conference, Governor Kemp made it clear that day cares, schools, and school districts have the freedom to implement further closures as early as Friday, March 13, for the next two weeks.

"The Georgia Department of Education, University System of Georgia, Technical College System, and local school leaders have been invaluable partners to determine the best measures to protect students, teachers, and administrators," said Governor Kemp. "We believe in local control for all systems when it comes to making the best decisions for their communities. They have flexibility, and regardless of whether they stay open or decide to close, we will support their decision."

Dawson County Schools will provide an update to our families and students on 3/13/2020.


02/28/2020 

At this time, there are no confirmed cases in Dawson County. We are currently following the lead of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH), the Dawson County Board of Health (FCBOH) as well as other local, state, and federal agencies to make sure we have the most up-to-date information available. This page has been established to provide these resources and communications from the district to our community members

In response to the CDC’s public comments, we wanted to provide information about our coronavirus (COVID-19) planning.

  • We are reinforcing the importance of healthy hygiene with our students and employees.
  • We have purchased and utilized the Victory Handheld Electrostatic Spray System that spays a disinfectant with an electromagnetic charge to prevent the spread of germs and viruses in our schools and on our buses.  Our staff has attended trainings on the use of this product.
  • Our school nursing staff provides detailed information to Principals and district staff on the number of students seen and the reasons each week.
  • Should a confirmed case of COVID-19 occur, we will immediately inform our school community. 
  • DCS has a plan to address the potential impact of COVID-19, including a continuity of learning. 
  • In the event of a school closing, we will utilize our online learning days to continue to provide instruction and support students.
  • We will monitor and adjust online learning as needed during the continuation of any school closings.
  • DCS will continue to monitor and make any necessary revisions to respond to COVID-19 scenarios as new information becomes available.

Dawson County Schools will take all necessary actions to keep schools open and operating while providing a clean and safe environment.  While the full impact of an outbreak cannot be predicted, planning for teaching and learning to continue will lessen the impact on our students, staff, facilities, and mission. The health and safety of our students and staff remains our top priority.

As a reminder, common cold and flu viruses are not unusual during the winter season. Precautions are recommended and we ask that everyone do his or her part to stay healthy: wash hands frequently, monitor your health, and stay home when ill.

Important Links
Georgia Department of Public Health guidance
CDC guidance
GaDOE Office of School Safety & Climate
School closure information 

Georgia Department of Education Statements

March 12, 2020
March 10, 2020 
  • Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I find additional information and resources about COVID-19?

Georgia Department of Public Health
dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
cdc.gov/coronavirus

What can my student and I do to stop the spread of COVID-19?

 

  • Keep children who are sick at home. Don’t send them to school. 
  • Teach your children to wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. Be sure to set a good example by doing this yourself. 
  • Teach your children to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and immediately dispose of the tissue in a trashcan. Be sure to set a good example by doing this yourself. 
  • Teach your children to stay at least three feet away from people who are sick.
  • People who are sick should stay home from work or school and stay away from other people until they are better. 

What should I do if my child exhibits symptoms?

Contact your doctor, a local public health clinic, or the local board of health. The Georgia Department of Public Health is currently advising that individuals who have traveled from affected countries/areas in the past 14 days and have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing should seek medical care, and should contact their healthcare provider and inform them of their travel history before going in.


Will my child’s school close?

A list of current school closures is available 
here. The Georgia Department of Education is following the direction of the Georgia Department of Public Health regarding school closures. We are also advising local school districts to follow the direction of their local board of health. At this time, the Georgia Department of Public Health has advised us that students who are not ill can safely attend schools. 

 

What will the Georgia Department of Education do to help students continue learning if schools close? 

We are advising school districts to develop a plan to continue student learning should they need to close, using resources such as study packets, cable access, virtual school/online classes, etc. GaDOE’s Office of Teaching and Learning has compiled virtual educational resources that will be provided to support schools’ efforts.Click here to access these resources; this page will be continually updated.