MCSD News

  • February - 2021
  • 16
    Mercedes Parham

    We would like your feedback for our 2021-2023 school year calendars. Please select your preferred option for each calendar year in the survey below by 5:00 p.m., February 23, 2021.

    2021-2023 School Year Calendars Survey:
    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KPWGSRD

    Calendar options: School Year 2021-2022
    School Year 2021-2022-Option 1.pdf
    School Year 2021-2022-Option 2.pdf

    Calendar options: School Year 2022-2023

    School Year 2022-2023-Option 1.pdf
    School Year 2022-2023-Option 2.pdf

    For details related to the Phase-In and Virtual Learning Days, please refer to the explanation below.

    1. Phase-In Day: Grades Pre-K-2

    Purpose: to provide students in grades Pre-K-2 with additional time to become familiar with their school teachers, administrators, and environment. We will emphasize rituals and routines that provide support for a successful opening of school for those students. Students in grades 3-12 will start school on the designated first day of each calendar year.

    2. Virtual Learning Day:

    Purpose: to continue virtual instruction skill development in case of inclement weather days, safety concerns, etc.Teachers will provide lessons through live virtual instruction (synchronous) or recorded lessons and independent assignments (asynchronous).Students will work from home to complete teacher-assigned activities at their own pace (asynchronous work) to meet required deadlines or join their teacher, via live instruction, following a school-designated schedule.

  • 12
    Mercedes Parham

    2021-2022 Elementary Magnet Applications

    1. The application process
    • Window: February 17-March 22, 2021; 5:00 p.m.
    • Application link: HERE
    • Selection:
      • Each parent and/or student will receive an email regarding his or her application status on April 16, 2021.
      • The District will email a status of acceptance, wait-list, or denial.
    1. Magnet school program information
    • Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, schools will not conduct in-person open house events.
    • Parents can view snapshots of each school’s program information within the application HERE.
    • Each program will provide parents/students opportunities to participate in informational sessions regarding their magnet programs, beginning February 17, 2021.
    1. Important dates
    • February 17, 2021: Online magnet applications open.
    • March 22, 2021, 5:00 p.m.: Online magnet applications close.
    • April 10, 2021: The last day to complete entrance exams and auditions
    • April 16, 2021: Magnet decisions emailed
    • April 28, 2021, 11:59 p.m.: Offer decisions deadline (offers will be rescinded after this time)

    2021-2022 Pre-K Enrollment

    1. Eligibility: Any child, who is a resident of Muscogee County, and four years of on or before September 1, 2021 is considered eligible.
    2. Application window:
      1. Open date: February 15, 2021
      2. Closing date: 5:00 p.m., March 15, 2021
    3. Application link: apps.muscogee.k12.ga.us/prek
    4. Selection process:
      1. All applications will be placed into an auto-generated lottery for random selection.
      2. The District will notify parent of acceptance or wait-list status by email March 26, 2021.
      3. Wait-list applications will open April 12, 2021.
    5. Required documents: You will need to provide these items to finalize enrollment, if selected.
      1. Proof of child’s age: child's birth certificate
      2. (2) Proofs of residency: 1. Lease and/or mortgage statement AND 2. Current utility bill
    6. Pre-K sites:
    • Brewer Elementary
    • Clubview Elementary
    • Dawson Elementary
    • Dorothy Height Elementary
    • Double Churches Elementary
    • Downtown Magnet Academy
    • Eagle Ridge Academy
    • Forrest Road Elementary
    • Fox Elementary
    • Lonnie Jackson Academy
    • Mathews Elementary
    • Midland Academy
    • Rigdon Road Elementary
    • River Road Elementary
    • South Columbus Elementary
    • Wesley Heights Elementary
    1. Get more information: Pre-K Department
    Thalia Carey, carey.thalia.l@muscogee.k 12.ga.us, 706-748-2118

    Safety reminders for in-person students:

    • Wear face masks or coverings at all District sites.
    • Consider participating in the student daily health assessment HERE.
    • 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.

    Links and resources:



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

  • 12
    Mercedes Parham

    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 February 8-12, 2021


    Category Description

    #

    Total enrolled students

    31,473

    Total in-person students

    17,428

    In-person student positive cases*

    29

    In-person student self-quarantine or isolation cases**

    532

    Total employees

    5,175

    Total school-based employees

    3,722

    School-based employee positive cases***

    16

    School-based employee self-quarantine or isolation cases****

    94



    The data points were updated to further align the District report to the Georgia Department of Public Health’s report, which exclusively reports school-based site information.

    *Accounts for in-person students reported with active COVID-19 positive cases during the specified week

    **Accounts for the total in-person students reported with self-quarantine/isolation cases, considering quarantine periods of 14 days which could overlap with District reporting weeks

    ***Accounts for school-based employees reported with active COVID-19 positive cases during the specified week

    ****Accounts for the total school-based employees reported with self-quarantine/isolation cases, considering quarantine periods of 14 days which could overlap with District reporting weeks

    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 isolation cases, which could overlap with the weekly District report due to the 14-day quarantine or isolation period endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    All active cases are monitored in coordination with the Department of Public Health to prevent the spread of illness. The District will continue to monitor data regarding COVID-19 within our local community, under the advisement of our public health agencies.

    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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  • 10
    Mercedes Parham

    Columbus, GA- The Muscogee County School District has recently received notification of the death of former teacher and Board of Education member, Dr. Mike Edmondson.

    On behalf of Dr. Lewis, Superintendent of Education:

    Our school district family and community is truly saddened by the passing of master teacher and Board of Education member, Dr. Mike Edmondson. We pause to reflect and celebrate his personal and professional legacy.

    His life served as a testament to us with an unwavering commitment to educating generations of Muscogee County School District students. During his thirty-five year career as an educator, he was selected as the 1990 Muscogee Excellence in Education Foundation’s (MEEF) MCSD Teacher of the Year. His passion for public education extended into retirement and ultimately to his election as the Board of Education member, representing District 2, in 2018. He was highly respected by students, parents, and colleagues alike and will be greatly missed. The process to fill his role on the Board of Education will proceed as governed by Board policy.


    On behalf of Pat Hugley-Green, Board of Education Chair:

    On behalf of our nine-member board, we express our deepest sympathy and condolences to the friends and relatives of Dr. Michael Edmondson. His daily service and leadership on the Muscogee County Board of Education was admirable and valued. District two in Columbus, GA was always well-represented and his perspective from the classroom teacher helped shape board decisions. His passion for education and learning is evident in every endeavor he pursued.

    He was a tireless advocate for teachers and their professional development, all with a focus on students and their success. His impact as an educational leader will be lasting.

    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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  • 10
    Mercedes Parham

    1. The application process

    • Window: February 17-March 22, 2021; 5:00 p.m.
    • Application link: HERE
    • Selection:
      • Each parent and/or student will receive an email regarding his or her application status on April 16, 2021.
      • The District will email a status of acceptance, wait-list, or denial.

    2. Magnet school program information
    • Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, schools will not conduct in-person open house events.
    • Parents can view snapshots of each school’s program information within the application HERE.
    • Each program will provide parents/students opportunities to participate in informational sessions regarding their magnet programs, beginning February 17, 2021.

    3. Important dates


    • February 17, 2021: Online magnet applications open
    • March 22, 2021, 5:00 p.m.: Online magnet applications close
    • April 10, 2021: The last day to complete entrance exams and auditions
    • April 16, 2021: Magnet decisions emailed
    • April 28, 2021, 11:59 p.m.: Offer decisions deadline (offers will be rescinded after this time)

    For general magnet programs information, contact: Division of Teaching and Learning, 706-748-2109
    For more information on entrance requirements, please contact the magnet school staff located at each school

  • 8
    Mercedes Parham

    The District’s pre-kindergarten (Pre-K) program provides children, who are four years of age, with social emotional development, reading/writing, mathematics, science, social studies, art, music, and physical development to prepare for kindergarten. Seats are limited and awarded based upon a lottery application system with random selection.

    1. Eligibility: Any child, who is a resident of Muscogee County, and four years of on or before September 1, 2021 is considered eligible.
    2. Application window:

    a. Open date: February 15, 2021
    b. Closing date: 5:00 p.m., March 15, 2021
    3. Application link: apps.muscogee.k12.ga.us/prek
    4. Selection process:
    a. All online applications will be placed into an auto-generated lottery for random selection.
    b. The District will notify parent of acceptance or wait-list status by email March 26, 2021.
    c. Wait-list applications will open April 12, 2021.
    5. Required documents: You will need to provide these items to finalize enrollment, if selected.
    a. Proof of child’s age: child's birth certificate
    b. (2) Proofs of residency: 1. Lease and/or mortgage statement AND 2. Current utility bill
    c. Parent identification
    6. Pre-K sites:
    • Brewer Elementary
    • Clubview Elementary
    • Dawson Elementary
    • Dorothy Height Elementary
    • Double Churches Elementary
    • Downtown Magnet Academy
    • Eagle Ridge Academy
    • Forrest Road Elementary
    • Fox Elementary
    • Lonnie Jackson Academy
    • Mathews Elementary
    • Midland Academy
    • Rigdon Road Elementary
    • River Road Elementary
    • South Columbus Elementary
    • Wesley Heights Elementary
    7. Get more information: Pre-K Department
    Thalia Carey, carey.thalia.l@muscogee.k 12.ga.us, 706-748-2118

  • 5
    Mercedes Parham

    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 February 1-5, 2021


    Category Description

    #

    Total enrolled students

    31,473

    Total in-person students

    17,184

    In-person student positive cases*

    16

    In-person student self-quarantine or isolation cases**

    509

    Total employees

    5,175

    Total school-based employees

    4,076

    School-based employee positive cases***

    14

    School-based employee self-quarantine or isolation cases****

    73



    The data points were updated to further align the District report to the Georgia Department of Public Health’s report, which exclusively reports school-based site information.

    *Accounts for in-person students reported with active COVID-19 positive cases during the specified week

    **Accounts for the total in-person students reported with self-quarantine/isolation cases, considering quarantine periods of 14 days which could overlap with District reporting weeks

    ***Accounts for school-based employees reported with active COVID-19 positive cases during the specified week

    ****Accounts for the total school-based employees reported with self-quarantine/isolation cases, considering quarantine periods of 14 days which could overlap with District reporting weeks

    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 isolation cases, which could overlap with the weekly District report due to the 14-day quarantine or isolation period endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    All active cases are monitored in coordination with the Department of Public Health to prevent the spread of illness. The District will continue to monitor data regarding COVID-19 within our local community, under the advisement of our public health agencies.

    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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  • January - 2021
  • 29
    Mercedes Parham

    Early release schedule

    We will release all students 2.5 hours ahead of their regular schedule Wednesday, February 3, 2021.

    Dismissal times:

    • Elementary: 12:00 noon
    • High: 12:55 p.m.
    • Middle: 1:20 p.m.
    See the remaining schedule and details:

    School Year 2020-2021 Calendar Revised
    Early Release Presentation

    Meal service plans

    All student meals are free through June 30, 2021. School Nutrition will be provide meals for in-person and virtual students.
    • In-person students: meals provided at assigned school site
    • Virtual students: curbside pickup daily at any school site, 10:30-11:15 a.m.

    Safety reminders for in-person students:

    • Wear face masks or coverings at all District sites.
    • Consider participating in the student daily health assessment HERE.
    • 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.

    Links and resources:


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

  • 29
    Mercedes Parham

    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 January 25-29, 2021

    Category Description

    #

    Total enrolled students

    31,502

    Total in-person students

    17,566

    In-person student positive cases*

    21

    In-person student self-quarantine or isolation cases**

    329

    Total employees

    5,175

    Total school-based employees

    3,666

    School-based employee positive cases***

    12

    School-based employee self-quarantine or isolation cases****

    59


    The data points were updated to further align the District report to the Georgia Department of Public Health’s report, which exclusively reports school-based site information.

    *Accounts for in-person students reported with active COVID-19 positive cases during the specified week

    **Accounts for the total in-person students reported with self-quarantine/isolation cases, considering quarantine periods of 14 days which could overlap with District reporting weeks

    ***Accounts for school-based employees reported with active COVID-19 positive cases during the specified week

    ****Accounts for the total school-based employees reported with self-quarantine/isolation cases, considering quarantine periods of 14 days which could overlap with District reporting weeks

    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 isolation cases, which could overlap with the weekly District report due to the 14-day quarantine or isolation period endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    All active cases are monitored in coordination with the Department of Public Health to prevent the spread of illness. The District will continue to monitor data regarding COVID-19 within our local community, under the advisement of our public health agencies.

    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
    Mercedes Parham

    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 January 18-22, 2021






    Category Description

    #

    Total enrolled students

    31,207
    Total in-person students

    9,851
    In-person student positive cases*

    5
    In-person student self-quarantine or isolation cases**

    34
    Total employees

    5,175
    Total school-based employees

    3,479
    School-based employee positive cases***

    13
    School-based employee self-quarantine or isolation cases****

    50


    The data points were updated to further align the District report to the Georgia Department of Public Health’s report, which exclusively reports school-based site information.

    *Accounts for in-person students reported with active COVID-19 positive cases during the specified week

    **Accounts for the total in-person students reported with self-quarantine/isolation cases, considering quarantine periods of 14 days which could overlap with District reporting weeks

    ***Accounts for school-based employees reported with active COVID-19 positive cases during the specified week

    ****Accounts for the total school-based employees reported with self-quarantine/isolation cases, considering quarantine periods of 14 days which could overlap with District reporting weeks

    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 isolation cases, which could overlap with the weekly District report due to the 14-day quarantine or isolation period endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    All active cases are monitored in coordination with the Department of Public Health to prevent the spread of illness. The District will continue to monitor data regarding COVID-19 within our local community, under the advisement of our public health agencies.

    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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