• By Mercedes Parham
  • Friday, December 18, 2020

District phase-in return plan and important reminders

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Phase-in return plan

Based on current data and advice from our medical community and public health agencies, we will return for the spring semester using a phased in-approach for students:

  • Phase one: January 6-15, 2021
Choice model: grades Pre-K-5 and self-contained special education students
Virtual instruction model: grades 6-12

  • Phase two: January 19, 2021
Choice model: all students, grades Pre-K-12

Please make sure your student:
  1. Receives his/her learning device and instructional materials before leaving for the winter break.
  2. Places his/her learning device in a safe place to avoid damage or theft.
  3. Keeps each device fully charged.

Early release schedule

We will release all students 2.5 hours ahead of their regular schedule on the following days:

  • Tuesday, December 22, 2020
  • Wednesday, February 3, 2021
  • Tuesday, March 16, 2021
  • Thursday, April 15, 2021
  • Friday, May 21, 2021
Dismissal times:
  • Elementary: 12:00 noon
  • High: 12:55 p.m.
  • Middle: 1:20 p.m.
Please plan accordingly for after-school arrangements; student supervision will not be available 30 minutes after school dismissal on these dates.

Further details are included in the links below:

School Year 2020-2021 Calendar Revised
Early Release Presentation

2021-2022 Magnet and Academy Applications (Secondary)


  • Application portal: https://apps.muscogee.k12.ga.us/Magnet/
  • Online applications will close at 5:00 p.m., January 19, 2021.*
  • Each parent and/or student will receive an email regarding his or her application status on February 19, 2021.
  • Decisions will include a status of acceptance, wait-list, or denial.
  • Information about each school’s magnet program can be viewed HERE.
  • Important dates
    • January 19: Magnet applications close.
    • February 19: Last day to complete entrance exams and auditions
    • February 19: Magnet decisions will be emailed.
    • February 26: Offer decisions must be made by 11:59 p.m. on this date or all offers will be rescinded after this time.
*Any students new to the Muscogee County School District may apply to any academy/magnet program after this date. The Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction must approve acceptance.

Safety reminders for in-person students:

  • Wear face masks or coverings at all District sites.
  • Stay home if you/your student(s) are displaying any signs or symptoms of illness.
  • If your student tests positive for COVID-19, do not send him/her to school until the following criteria is met:
    • At least 10 days have passed since the student first displayed symptoms AND
    • The student has had no fever without fever reducing medicines (e.g. Tylenol, Advil, etc.) for 48 hours AND
    • The student is no longer displaying symptoms
  • If someone in your household has been diagnosed with COVID-19, or your child is exposed to someone who has COVID-19, do not send him/her to school until 14 days after their last exposure to the person with COVID-19 (note: The CDC defines exposure as being within six feet for a total of 15 minutes or more with someone who has COVID-19).
  • Observe District social distancing guidelines upon entry.
  • Avoid direct contact with District staff and other guests.
  • Wash or sanitize hands before entering the building, before meals, after bathroom breaks, after sneezing/coughing, and frequently throughout the instructional day.
  • Avoid sharing personal items such as pens, pencils, devices, etc. to prevent cross-contamination.
Review information from the CDC for further guidance:

CDC travel advisories and resources


Additional resources:



View the latest updates related to the District's COVID-19 plans HERE

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