MCSD News

  • November - 2021
  • 19
    MCSD Office of Communications

    Columbus, GA- In an effort to further increase transparency and provide clarity to its public stakeholders, the Muscogee County School District has updated its data points related to active COVID-19 cases to reflect school-based sites only. The data reflects information made available to the District from individual sources. Information is updated each Friday and accessible on the District’s COVID-19 website.


    Muscogee County School District
    COVID-19 school-based active cases
    Week of November 15-19, 2021

    Category Description

    #

    Total enrolled students

    30,732

    In-person student positive cases

    13

    *(.042%)

    Students quarantined/isolated and/or direct contacts (as of 10/27/21 updated guidance & cumulative of last 14 days)

    46

    *** (.15%)

    Total employees

    5,175

    Total school-based employees

    3,647

    School-based employee positive cases

    8

    ** (.22%)

    School-based employee self-quarantine or isolation cases (cumulative of last 14 days)

    10

    *** (.27%)


    * Percent of total student population

    ** Percent of total school-based employees

    ***Totals within each data set reflect active cases reported to the District within the specified week of each report with the exception of self-quarantine or isolated; with the weekly District report due to the quarantine or isolation period endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    For last weeks report, click here.

  • 11
    MCSD Office of Communications

    Columbus, GA- In an effort to further increase transparency and provide clarity to its public stakeholders, the Muscogee County School District has updated its data points related to active COVID-19 cases to reflect school-based sites only. The data reflects information made available to the District from individual sources. Information is updated each Friday and accessible on the District’s COVID-19 website.


    Muscogee County School District
    COVID-19 school-based active cases
    Week of November 8-10, 2021


    Category Description

    #

    Total enrolled students

    30,724

    In-person student positive cases

    4

    *(.013%)

    Students quarantined/isolated and/or direct contacts (as of 10/27/21 updated guidance & cumulative of last 14 days)

    26

    *** (.08%)

    Total employees

    5,175

    Total school-based employees

    3,638

    School-based employee positive cases

    5

    ** (.14%)

    School-based employee self-quarantine or isolation cases (cumulative of last 14 days)

    6

    *** (.16%)


    * Percent of total student population

    ** Percent of total school-based employees

    ***Totals within each data set reflect active cases reported to the District within the specified week of each report with the exception of self-quarantine or isolated; with the weekly District report due to the quarantine or isolation period endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    Click here for last week's report.

  • 5
    MCSD Office of Communications

    Columbus, GA- In an effort to further increase transparency and provide clarity to its public stakeholders, the Muscogee County School District has updated its data points related to active COVID-19 cases to reflect school-based sites only. The data reflects information made available to the District from individual sources. Information is updated each Friday and accessible on the District’s COVID-19 website.


    Muscogee County School District
    COVID-19 school-based active cases
    Week of November 1-5, 2021

    Category Description

    #

    Total enrolled students

    30,745

    In-person student positive cases

    9

    *(.03%)

    Students quarantined/isolated and/or direct contacts (as of 10/27/21 updated guidance & cumulative of last 14 days)

    39

    *** (.13%)

    Total employees

    5,175

    Total school-based employees

    3,626

    School-based employee positive cases

    0

    ** (.00%)

    School-based employee self-quarantine or isolation cases (cumulative of last 14 days)

    2

    *** (.06%)


    * Percent of total student population

    ** Percent of total school-based employees

    ***Totals within each data set reflect active cases reported to the District within the specified week of each report with the exception of self-quarantine or isolated; with the weekly District report due to the quarantine or isolation period endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    Click here for last week's report.

  • October - 2021
  • 29
    MCSD Office of Communications

    Columbus, GA- In an effort to further increase transparency and provide clarity to its public stakeholders, the Muscogee County School District has updated its data points related to active COVID-19 cases to reflect school-based sites only. The data reflects information made available to the District from individual sources. Information is updated each Friday and accessible on the District’s COVID-19 website.




    Muscogee County School District
    COVID-19 school-based active cases
    Week of October 25-29, 2021

    Category Description



    #

    Total enrolled students



    30,933

    In-person student positive cases



    17

    *(.05%)

    Students quarantined/isolated and/or direct contacts (as of 10/27/21 updated guidance)

    (cumulative of last 14 days)

    86

    *** (.28%)

    Total employees

    5,175

    Total school-based employees

    3,634

    School-based employee positive cases

    1

    ** (.03%)

    School-based employee self-quarantine or isolation cases (cumulative of last 14 days)

    4

    *** (.11%)


    * Percent of total student population

    ** Percent of total school-based employees

    ***Totals within each data set reflect active cases reported to the District within the specified week of each report with the exception of self-quarantine or isolated; with the weekly District report due to the quarantine or isolation period endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    Click here to view last week's report.


  • 27
    MCSD Office of Communications

    Columbus, GA- Recognizing the importance of in-person learning, the Department of Public Health issued an Administrative Order allowing school districts to update their Covid-19 quarantined guidelines. In monitoring recent local health conditions and collaborating with the medical professionals of the Muscogee County School District (MCSD) Medical Panel, there is unanimous agreement for the District to utilize the flexibility authorized by the guidance.

    Effective October 27, 2021, students within close contact to someone who tests positive for COVID-19 in school are no longer required to be quarantined from in-person classroom instruction, as long as the close contact happened in a classroom setting and everyone was wearing masks covering their nose and mouth.

    This guidance is intended ONLY for student close contacts that occur in classrooms, classroom-like settings, and other situations essential for instruction of K-12 students. Classroom-like settings are school-associated activities that are set up and supervised like a classroom and allow for universal masking by all students and staff. Other situations essential for instruction would include riding the bus.

    Close contacts occurring in the following settings will still require quarantine from all school settings, including in-person attendance in the classroom:

    • Classroom and other essential settings do NOT extend to include strenuous activities, or other circumstances likely to result in increased production of respiratory droplets, such as school activities where masking is either not feasible or is not effective at preventing transmission of COVID-19 such as lunch, band, choir, PE, and sports.
    • Household and household-like exposure
    • Exposure during out-of-school activities

    Protocols and processes currently being used by Muscogee County School District to identify cases and close contacts will not change. All identified cases and close contacts will be reported to the Department of Public Health, affected students, staff, and teachers will be notified of direct contact, as is the school districts’ current policy. For additional guidance and mitigation strategies, please contact your student’s school who will connect you with the COVID-19 Liaison for additional information or visit our website at https://www.muscogee.k12.ga.us/Staff. All updated guidance is evaluated with the support and collaboration of the MCSD medical panel, and MCSD reserves the right to reinstate any mitigation protocols in the future as deemed necessary.

    Parents may choose to self-quarantine after learning of a direct contact. All such absences will be considered as excused.

    Per Department of Public Health Recommendation, this guidance applies to students only. Staff that are not vaccinated will continue with the recommended guidelines put in place for close contacts.

    As always, students should stay home when sick and consider the following:

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Help young children do the same
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
    • Limit close contact, like kissing and sharing cups or utensils, with people who are sick
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
    • Cover your cough or sneeze
    • Consult with their doctor to discuss if COVID-19 vaccination is recommended

    This pandemic continues to impact our community, and we will continue to monitor conditions and update District protocols accordingly.

    The mission of the Muscogee County School District is to inspire and equip all students to achieve unlimited potential. For more information, please contact the Office of Communications at 706.748.2034 or communications@muscogee.k12.ga.us.

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  • 22
    MCSD Office of Communications

    Columbus, GA- In an effort to further increase transparency and provide clarity to its public stakeholders, the Muscogee County School District has updated its data points related to active COVID-19 cases to reflect school-based sites only. The data reflects information made available to the District from individual sources. Information is updated each Friday and accessible on the District’s COVID-19 website.


    Muscogee County School District
    COVID-19 school-based active cases
    Week of October 18-22, 2021


    Category Description

    #

    Total enrolled students

    30,852

    In-person student positive cases

    20

    *(.06%)

    Student self-quarantine or isolation cases
    (cumulative of last 14 days)

    66

    *** (.21%)

    Total employees

    5,175

    Total school-based employees

    3,647

    School-based employee positive cases

    6

    ** (.16%)

    School-based employee self-quarantine or isolation cases (cumulative of last 14 days)

    6

    *** (.16%)


    * Percent of total student population

    ** Percent of total school-based employees

    ***Totals within each data set reflect active cases reported to the District within the specified week of each report with the exception of self-quarantine or isolated; with the weekly District report due to the quarantine or isolation period endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    Click here to view last week's report.

  • 21
    MCSD Office of Communications

    Columbus, GA- According to a recent release from the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE), the Muscogee County School District (MCSD) has surpassed the state graduation rate for the ninth consecutive year. The District graduation rate has increased to 91.2 percent, an increase of 1.8 percentage points, year-over-year, from 89.4 percent in 2020. This marks the highest graduation rate for the District since the four-year cohort rate has been calculated.

    “Despite the many challenges associated with this last year, we congratulate our school communities, graduates, District support teams and families for their hard work and resilience resulting in this historic high grad rate,” said Dr. David Lewis, Superintendent of Education, Muscogee County School District.

    The Cohort Rate is calculated using the data from students who graduate from high school within four years as required by the U.S. Department of Education. It is also one of the indicators used in the calculation of the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI).

    Graduation Rate

    2018

    2019

    2020

    2021

    Muscogee County

    88.9

    86.1

    89.4

    91.2

    State

    81.6

    82.0

    83.8

    83.7

    Difference

    7.3

    4.1

    5.6

    7.5


    In addition to the District-wide increase, several schools continued to see improvements in their cohort rates.

    • Four earned their highest cohort graduation rate to date: Carver, Jordan, Northside and Shaw.
    • Five achieved graduation rates above 90 percent: Carver, Columbus, Northside, Rainey-McCullers, and Shaw.
    • All MCSD High Schools (nine) were above the State average: Carver, Columbus, Hardaway, Jordan, Kendrick, Northside, Rainey-McCullers, Shaw and Spencer.
    • Eight maintained or saw an increase in their cohort graduation rate: Carver, Columbus, Hardaway, Jordan, Northside, Rainey-McCullers, Shaw, and Spencer.
    • Two schools achieved a 100 percent graduation rate: Columbus and Rainey-McCullers
    “The steady improvement in grad rate and positive trends in reducing student subgroup gaps, along with incremental improvements on the SAT and ACT, are indicative of our district’s progress toward excellence and equity of opportunity that are consequential for future student and community outcomes,” said Lewis.

    School

    2018

    2019

    2020

    2021

    Carver

    86.3

    88.5

    92.3

    92.3

    Columbus

    99.3

    100.0

    100.0

    100.0

    Hardaway

    91.6

    89.3

    89.6

    89.8

    Jordan

    75.4

    69.2

    81.1

    86.4

    Kendrick

    87.3

    82.6

    85.4

    84.4

    Northside

    93.0

    94.4

    93.5

    96.3

    Rainey-McCullers

    N/A

    N/A

    100.0

    100.0

    Shaw

    87.9

    87.9

    91.4

    91.8

    Spencer

    86.2

    76.6

    83.0

    85.2

















    The mission of the Muscogee County School District is to inspire and equip all students to achieve unlimited potential. For more information, please contact the Office of Communications at 706.748.2034 or communications@muscogee.k12.ga.us.

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  • 15
    MCSD Office of Communications

    Columbus, GA- In an effort to further increase transparency and provide clarity to its public stakeholders, the Muscogee County School District has updated its data points related to active COVID-19 cases to reflect school-based sites only. The data reflects information made available to the District from individual sources. Information is updated each Friday and accessible on the District’s COVID-19 website.


    Muscogee County School District
    COVID-19 school-based active cases
    Week of October 12-15, 2021

    Category Description

    #

    Total enrolled students

    30,802

    In-person student positive cases

    24

    *(.08%)

    Student self-quarantine or isolation cases
    (cumulative of last 14 days)

    74

    *** (.24%)

    Total employees

    5,175

    Total school-based employees

    3,603

    School-based employee positive cases

    3

    ** (.08%)

    School-based employee self-quarantine or isolation cases (cumulative of last 14 days)

    4

    *** (.11%)


    * Percent of total student population

    ** Percent of total school-based employees

    ***Totals within each data set reflect active cases reported to the District within the specified week of each report with the exception of self-quarantine or isolated; with the weekly District report due to the quarantine or isolation period endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    Click here to view last week's report.

  • 13
    MCSD Office of Communications

    Columbus, GA- The 2021 American College Test (ACT) composite and subject results for the Muscogee County School District mark the highest set of scores for the District to date. The ACT is a college admissions test, administered by a non-profit organization, which measures English, Math, Reading, and Science to determine academic readiness for college.

    “As noted with the SAT administration this year, the administration of the ACT was met with challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite those challenges, we are pleased to see once again our district matched the state in reading and surpassed national averages in all areas including overall composite scores,” said Dr. David Lewis, Superintendent of Education.

    “Due to the lack of available testing opportunities early in the pandemic, many colleges and universities do not require the ACT for admission. So, while testing opportunities were available, a large number of our students chose not to test leading to a reduction in the overall number of students tested. As with SAT, we expect to see the numbers to begin returning to pre-pandemic levels with the 2022 cohort,” said Patrick Knopf, Director of Research, Accountability and Assessment.

    Muscogee County School District ACT Reasoning Test

    FIVE-YEAR TREND

    NUMBER OF STUDENTS TESTED



    2017

    2018

    2019

    2020

    2021

    Total Tested

    857

    902

    843

    775

    368

    Number of students Enrolled (from FTE 1)

    2006

    2061

    2053

    1,965

    1,987

    Percentage of Students Tested

    43%

    44%

    41%

    39.4%

    18.5%



    MEAN SCORES


    READING

    Group

    2017

    2018

    2019

    2020

    2020

    Nation

    21.4

    21.3

    21.2

    21.2

    20.9

    Georgia

    22.0

    22.1

    22.2

    22.5

    23.4

    MCSD

    20.2

    20.0

    20.7

    20.8

    23.4


    ENGLISH

    Group

    2017

    2018

    2019

    2020

    2020

    Nation

    20.3

    20.2

    20.1

    19.9

    19.6

    Georgia

    21.0



    20.9

    20.9

    21.3

    22.1

    MCSD

    18.9

    18.6

    19.0

    19.1

    21.7


    MATH
    Group

    2017

    2018

    2019

    2020

    2020

    Nation

    20.7

    20.5

    20.4

    20.2

    19.9

    Georgia

    20.9

    20.7

    20.7

    21.0

    21.9

    MCSD

    19.5

    19.0

    19.1

    19.4

    21.5


    SCIENCE

    Group

    2017

    2018

    2019

    2020

    2020

    Nation

    21.0

    20.7

    20.6

    20.6

    20.4

    Georgia

    21.3

    21.2

    21.2

    21.6

    22.4

    MCSD

    19.6

    19.4

    19.6

    19.8

    22.2


    COMPOSITE

    Group

    2017

    2018

    2019

    2020

    2020

    Nation

    21.0

    20.8

    20.7

    20.6

    20.3

    Georgia

    21.4



    21.4

    21.4

    21.7

    22.6

    MCSD

    19.7

    19.4

    19.8

    19.9

    22.3



    The mission of the Muscogee County School District is to inspire and equip all students to achieve unlimited potential. For more information, please contact the Office of Communications at 706.748.2034 or communications@muscogee.k12.ga.us.

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  • 13
    MCSD Office of Communications

    To see all the details of the upcoming plans for the new school that will combine Dawson Elementary School and St. Mary's Road Magnet Academy, click here.