MCSD News

  • September - 2020
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    Mercedes Parham

    Columbus, GA – As part of the District’s COVID-19 re-opening plan, the Muscogee County School District will proceed with the choice model for instruction beginning September 14, 2020. Under the choice model, each parent submits a declaration, to select virtual or in-person instruction for each student, within the online registration application. Declarations are only applicable to students for the purposes of recording virtual versus in-person instruction preferences during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The choice model implementation includes two phases as outlined in the re-opening phase-in plan:

    1. September 14, 2020: Students in grades Pre-K-2, 6, 9, and specialized/self-contained classes will proceed with the choice model; all other students will remain on the virtual instruction model.

    2. September 21, 2020: All students in grades Pre-K-12 will proceed with the choice model.

    Choice model preferences were initially declared at the onset of online registration in July. Parents can submit changes to declaration preferences, through surveys provided by each school, before the 12:00 noon, September 4, 2020 deadline. Parents do not need to send any information unless indicating a change from the previously submitted preference. Following the deadline, changes to each option cannot occur until the next nine-week grading period or semester (block schedule).

    Information related to cleaning, nutrition, safety, technology, and transportation are available within the District’s at-a-glance and detailed re-opening plans.

    For more information and updates related to the District's COVID-19 plan, visit our website.

    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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  • August - 2020
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    Mercedes Parham

    September 4, 2020 is the deadline to submit any changes for your student's preference of in-person or virtual instruction once the choice model can be implemented (tentatively after September 9, 2020).

    • You can submit changes via surveys provided by each student's assigned school.
    • Schools will send you specific information.
    • You do not need to send any information unless you would like to change your previously submitted preference.
    • The District will provide updates related to the current instruction model the week of August 31, 2020.
    • The declaration process is only applicable to students for the purposes of recording in-person vs. virtual instruction preferences during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Attendance and Withdrawal Guidelines: Virtual Instruction Model

    • As a public school system, the Muscogee County School District is required to monitor student attendance in accordance with all applicable statutes and State Board of Education rules.
    • Muscogee County School District staff monitors student attendance regularly.
    • View our Guidance for Virtual Attendance and Withdrawal Procedures.

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    Mercedes Parham

    A recently reported nationwide Zoom outage may cause issues when individuals attempt to join a session/meeting. Please note:

    1. Access to Canvas is still available.
    2. We encourage each student to review assignments within Canvas and remain in communication with his/her teachers throughout the day through Canvas, email, and/or phone.
    3. Zoom is a third-party platform service utilized by the District. To view their status report of this nationwide outage, visit their website HERE.

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    Mercedes Parham

    View a message from our Superintendent HERE

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    Mercedes Parham

    View our Back to School Checklist HERE


    First day of school: August 17, 2020

    School schedules:

    • Elementary: 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    • Middle: 8:50 a.m. - 3:50 p.m.
    • High: 8:10 a.m. - 3:25 p.m.

    Important links:


    Important numbers:

    • Online registration/technology support help line: 706-748-2271
    • Public Education Center: 706-748-2000

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


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    Mercedes Parham

    Columbus, GA –Effective Monday, August 17, 2020, the Muscogee County School District will distribute meals to currently enrolled District students at all District school sites each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Meals will be distributed 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., in the following manner tentatively through September 9, 2020, to ensure the volume of weekly meals is maintained to a breakfast and lunch meal per weekday during the District-wide virtual learning model:

    • Monday – Two breakfast and two lunch meals
    • Wednesday – Two breakfast and two lunch meals
    • Friday – One breakfast and one lunch meal

    In preparation for the virtual learning meal service, we encourage parents to note the following details:

    • Students must be currently enrolled.
    • Students are not required to be present during pickup. However, parents should be prepared to provide each student’s name, assigned school, and PersonID number (if known).
    • Students are responsible for applicable meal fees, based upon their free, reduced, or paid status, if attending one of the traditionally paying schools:
      • Aaron Cohn Middle
      • Blackmon Road Middle
      • Britt David Magnet Academy
      • Clubview Elementary
      • Columbus High
      • Double Churches Elementary
      • Eagle Ridge Academy
      • Mathews Elementary
      • North Columbus Elementary
      • Northside High
      • Rainey-McCullers School of the Arts
      • Veterans Memorial Middle

    • Parents can pre-pay for meals in MySchoolBucks or submit cash payments toward each student account.
    • Free and reduced meal applications are accessible online, at each student’s assigned school, and the Public Education Center on 2960 Macon Road, Columbus, Georgia.
    • The meal service will be adjusted once the District implements the choice model (tentatively after September 9, 2020).

    Updates related to the District’s COVID-19 plans can be found on the District website.


    USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

    In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national original, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

    Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

    To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

    1400 Independence Avenue, SW

    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

    This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

    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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    Mercedes Parham

    Columbus, GA – The Muscogee County Board of Education will host public hearings on the Fiscal Year 2021 (FY 2021) General Fund Budget. The FY 2021 General Fund Budget is accessible on the District’s website. All meetings will be held in the boardroom at the Muscogee County Public Education Center on 2960 Macon Road, Columbus, Georgia during the following dates and times:

    • August 17, 2020, 6:00 p.m.
    • August 31, 2020, 6:00 p.m.
    The Muscogee County Board of Education will vote on the final adoption of the FY 2021 General Fund Budget during the August 31, 2021 public hearing.

    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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    MCSD


    The Muscogee County Board of Education on August 17, 2020 will hold its first public hearing on the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 General Fund Budget at 6:00 p.m. The Muscogee County Board of Education will vote on the tentative adoption of the FY 2021 General Fund Budget on August 17, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.

    The Muscogee County Board of Education on August 31, 2020 will hold its second public hearing on the FY 2021 General Fund Budget at 6:00
    p.m. The Muscogee County Board of Education will vote on the final adoption of the FY 2021 General Fund Budget on August 31, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.

    All meetings will be held at the times referenced in the Board Room at the Muscogee County Public Education Center, 2960 Macon Road,
    Columbus, Georgia.
    General Fund Tentative Budget

  • July - 2020
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    Mercedes Parham

    WHEN: August 10-14, 2020

    WHERE: Your student’s assigned school (each location will send specifc details)

    WHO: Currently enrolled students (if not enrolled, see the registration details below)

    WHAT:

    • Finalize enrollment process by picking up and returning required documents in Back to School Packets HERE.
    • Pick up school schedules.
    • Pick up instructional materials (e.g. devices, textbooks, etc.).

    REGISTRATION VS. VERIFICATION: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

    1.Registration is an on-going process throughout the year.

    2.Registration can now be completed through the Online Registration System (OLR) HERE.

    3.Verification happens during specific time frames prior to the start of each school year.

    4.Verification occurs at the student’s assigned school and includes school specific forms, schedules, instructional materials, etc.

    WHAT YOU NEED TO REGISTER

    CURRENT STUDENTS

    1.TWO proofs of address:
    • Lease/mortgage/property tax AND
    • A current utility bill stating name and service address
    2. Withdrawal form or last report card from previous school

    If you are living with someone, that person must come with you and provide proof of address and a photo ID.



    NEW TO THE DISTRICT

    1. Student’s Birth Certificate

    2. Student’s Social Security Card

    3. GA Immunization Form (3231) or waiver form giving more time to get form 3231

    4. GA Eye, Ear & Dental Form (3300) or waiver form more time to get form

    For assistance with new student registration: Contact Central Registration, centralregistration@muscogee.k12.ga.us, 706-748-2271. In-person assistance is available by appointment at the Public Education Center on 2960 Macon Road.

    IMPORTANT: All visitors must wear face masks/coverings and observe six feet of distance between individuals at all times upon entering any District sites.

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    Mercedes Parham

    Columbus, GA – A former District student recently passed the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) exam as an end of pathway assessment with the District’s Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) program. Alejandro Corredor, a class of 2020 Shaw High School graduate, is the first participant of the Raider Rescue EMT program to pass the exam. During the 2019-2020 school year, Shaw High School became a state-certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training facility by the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Office of EMS and Trauma.

    Corredor overcame COVID-19 challenges to complete 16 hours of clinicals and prepare for the NREMT exam, with the assistance of Shaw High School’s paramedic teacher, Shannon Weikle. His exams fees were paid by the CTAE Perkins Grant. He has since been offered a position with EMS Care Ambulance Service.

    The District CTAE program supports more than 25 career pathways, preparing high school seniors to enter directly into high wage, high skill, and high demand careers upon graduation. The starting pay for an EMT averages $35,000 annually, not including overtime pay. Employment of EMTs and paramedics is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016-2026, much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the Georgia Department of Labor statistics.

    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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