COVID-19 Information & Updates
The Glynn County School District will continue to follow the guidance from the CDC and DPH and will communicate updates to our employees and community frequently through this page. Check regularly for up-to-date information and guidance provided by the Glynn County School District.
Update: Nov. 2, 2020
Update: Sept. 14, 2020
Dr. Pam McKinnon, Director of Special Education Services and Supports, says this funding will be used to help her department continue offering appropriate services to students who need them.
“Since we are still in the midst of the pandemic, the negative impact it has had on our students, especially those with disabilities in Glynn County, is still being assessed,” McKinnon said.
State School Superintendent Richard Woods recommended the funding allocations, which were approved by the State Board of Education. The allocation is a combination of federal funds from the CARES Act (the COVID-19 stimulus bill) and IDEA funds for supplemental relief.
“It is critical that we ensure students who receive special education services do not fall behind as a result of the pandemic,” Superintendent Woods said. “These funds will be specifically directed, on a district-by-district level, toward safeguarding access and opportunity for students who require special education services.”
The funds are a formula grant; the amount allocated to each school district was based on the amount of funding that districts received from the IDEA 611 grant – an annual federal grant all states receive to support special education and related services – in the current fiscal year.
Update: Sept. 11, 2020
Students who opt for this schedule change will begin in their new classrooms on Monday, Sept. 28 and must remain on this schedule through Friday, Dec. 18. Parents who choose the virtual learning option will need to provide their child(ren) with a computer or other device that has a working camera and microphone, keyboard and reliable internet service. An application must be submitted for each child who wants to change.
It is important to note that the application window is NOT open to students in high school as they must fulfill the one-semester commitment as outlined in the previous Virtual Learning Registration application. For more information, visit www.glynn.k12.ga.us.
Update: Sept. 8, 2020
Update: August 21, 2020
Update: Aug. 12, 2020
- They are eating or drinking
- Instructional needs and other activities are approved by the principal
Should a student or staff member have concerns about another person not having a mask/face covering, those issues should be addressed with the principal in a confidential manner to respect all people involved.
Update: Aug. 10, 2020
a. All grade groups for reduce priced eligibility: .40 daily x 5 = $2.00 for 5 lunch meals
b. Elementary paid lunch: $1.75 daily x 5 = $8.75 for 5 lunch meals
c. Middle/High paid lunch: $2.00 daily x 5= $10.00 for 5 lunch meals
Update: Aug. 8, 2020
- Fill out the application
- Wait to see if you quality!
- Enjoy breakfast and lunch at school for free or at a reduced price!
Update: Aug. 6, 2020
To create the most efficient routes for transporting students to and from school, we are asking that families sign up for transportation.
Please make sure your address is current in Infinite Campus. Our routing software uses the information in that system to schedule stops.
We ask for your understanding in the time it may take to plan for changes to your transportation. Our staff will work to make the changes as quickly as possible (sometimes it updates overnight and other situations require multiple steps that could take a few days).
Update: Aug. 5, 2020
- Meal distribution for Monday, August 10 – Monday lunch, Tuesday breakfast and lunch, Wednesday breakfast
- Meal distribution for Wednesday, August 12 – Wednesday lunch, Thursday breakfast and lunch, Friday breakfast
- Meal distribution for Friday, August 13 – Friday lunch, Saturday breakfast and lunch, Sunday breakfast and lunch, Monday breakfast
- Meal distribution on Monday, August 17 – Monday lunch, Tuesday breakfast and lunch, Wednesday breakfast and lunch
Update: July 22, 2020
Our Summer Lunch Program will provide meals from 11 a.m. to noon on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays through Friday, July 31st. Meals can be picked up at Brunswick High, Burroughs-Molette Elementary, Satilla Marsh Elementary and Sterling Elementary.
- Wednesday, July 22nd
- Friday, July 24th
- Monday, July 27th
- Wednesday, July 29th
- Friday, July 31st
However on Monday, August 10th through Wednesday, August 19th, our School Nutrition staff will be providing Grab-N-Go meals at ALL 16 school locations on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Please note the school buildings will be locked and parents will not have access to enter school buildings during this time.
Update: July 21, 2020
Glynn County Schools remains committed to taking all necessary precautions and measures to preserve the safety of our students and community.
At the Special-Called Board meeting on July 21, 2020, the Glynn County Board of Education voted unanimously to approve a delayed start to the school year. The 2020-2021 school year will begin on Thursday, Aug. 20, rather than the original start date scheduled Tuesday, Aug. 11, to give our students, staff and families time to prepare for the upcoming year. The revised calendar also includes a teacher workday on Tuesday, Nov. 3 (General Election Day).
The school year will conclude in Glynn County on Thursday, May 27, 2021. Short breaks in October, February and March for teacher workdays and professional development, as well as a full-week break in November for the Thanksgiving holiday and full-week break in April for Spring Break will remain. Our normal Christmas break schedule will also remain unchanged.
As we inch closer to the start of the 2020-2021 school year, we will continue to provide updates and share information as we receive them from local and regional health agencies on our website, www.glynn.k12.ga.us through the One Call Now automated calling system, and on our social media platforms. To ensure that you receive these important messages, please make sure your child’s school has your current contact information on file.
As always, we thank you for your patience and your partnership during these truly exceptional times.
Update: July 17, 2020
To give our students, teachers and staff, families, and community a clearer picture of what virtual and in-person instruction will entail, we have created a document titled Comparing Face to Face Learning with Virtual Learning Option that outlines a typical school day for elementary, middle and high school students. This includes sample schedules, school meals and formal assessments.
We greatly appreciate your understanding and patience as we continue to work to reopen schools safely during this challenging and uncertain time.
Update: July 14, 2020
Thank you for your patience as we continue to plan for the upcoming school year. Below is an overview of our COVID-19 Preventive Measures for 2020-21. For an enlarged view of this document, click HERE.
You can also find updated guidance from the Georgia Department of Education and Georgia Department of Public Health by clicking HERE.
We encourage you to continue to check our district website often for up-to-date information related to Glynn County Schools’ response to COVID-19.
NOTE: The nature of this pandemic is evolving every day, and our action plans could be adjusted to meet the needs of our community at any time.
Update: July 13, 2020
Today, the Georgia Department of Education submitted a request to the United States Department of Education for a waiver of standardized testing and accountability requirements for the 2020-21 school year. Georgia’s waiver request was submitted by Governor Brian Kemp and State School Superintendent Richard Woods.
Georgia was the first state in the nation to signal its intent to apply for a 2020-21 waiver of federal testing requirements on June 18. If the waiver is approved, there will be no administration of the Georgia Milestones EOGs, Georgia Milestones EOCs, or Georgia Alternate Assessment (GAA) 2.0 during the upcoming academic year.
“When students enter the classroom this fall, they will be dealing with the ongoing effects of a global crisis and the trauma of necessary, but unprecedented, isolation,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “In the midst of this, school districts will be implementing intensive protocols to ensure the safety of their students and staff. We believe our students’ and teachers’ focus belongs on making it through this challenge together and addressing learning loss, not on the pressure of a high-stakes standardized test. It is common sense that this is not the time to be concerned about the test.”
When GaDOE surveyed parents, teachers, and other interested Georgians about the proposed waiver, 98,252 of them responded and 96.0 percent strongly agreed or agreed with Georgia’s request for an assessment waiver. 93.5 percent strongly agreed or agreed with Georgia’s request for a waiver of accountability mandates, which would apply to the College & Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI).
To ensure districts have the tools to gauge student learning and potential learning loss as a result of the pandemic, GaDOE will offer BEACON, a formative assessment tool, at no cost to any school district. Formative assessments are diagnostic and non-high-stakes and are designed to monitor student learning and plan instruction, rather than to report out results for accountability purposes. Use of BEACON is not required but will allow districts to assess student performance and identify gaps as a result of the COVID-19 school closures.
Georgia is now awaiting a response from the U.S. Department of Education to its waiver request.
Update: July 9, 2020
Glynn County Schools intends to provide the best instruction for our students in the safest environment possible when schools resume in August. In an effort to remain open, accessible and transparent to the public, we have created a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page to address concerns about the diverse and complex challenges our schools will face this fall. It is important to note that the nature of this pandemic is evolving every day, and our action plans could be adjusted to meet the needs of our community at any time.
We will continue to provide updates on our website, www.glynn.k12.ga.us, through the One Call Now automated calling system, and on our social media platforms. To ensure that you receive these important messages, please make sure your child’s school has your current contact info on file.
We truly appreciate your support and grace as we all work to navigate these new waters.
Update: July 8, 2020
In working to put plans in place to reopen schools safely in the fall, Glynn County Schools has created a Return to School Framework that addresses numerous areas that will affect day-to-day school operations. Our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page will be forthcoming.
This framework is the byproduct of input and feedback from various stakeholders and information from within the Georgia’s Path to Recovery for K-12 Schools. It is not intended to be final as we anticipate adjustments, but will provide an overview of the anticipated guidance for re-entry to the school setting.
Please keep in mind this is a working draft copy and will be updated as new information becomes available.
As we work to reopen schools, it is critical that we work with our students, teachers, families and community so that we can collectively put forth our very best ideas and actions for what is possible, achievable, and essential when reopening. We are grateful for your continuous support and look forward to welcoming our students back to school.
Update: July 3, 2020
We know our parents have many questions about our plans for safely reopening schools in the fall. As you know, we are facing a highly fluid situation influenced by factors that we have little control over.
In an effort to respond to questions about planning for the start of the 2020-21 school year, we are creating a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page to answer questions about important topics that will affect school operations. We plan to post that page next week.
Thank you for your flexibility and patience as we take time to thoughtfully work through things and with the best interests of all students and staff in mind. This page will be updated regularly so visit often for the latest information. Please take care and stay safe!
Update #2: June 30, 2020
After a spring unlike any before, we want to share with you our plans for the fall with the wellbeing of our students, teachers, staff and communities firmly in mind. As we begin preparing for the start of the 2020-21 school year, we know that we will soon face the enormous task of safely reopening our schools while, once again, navigating the educational terrain of this pandemic. However, we also recognize that returning to a school building in this current climate has left many of our families with feelings of uneasiness.
After weeks of discussion with many stakeholders and our Return-to-School Task Force, we have taken into consideration the many challenges involved in reopening and understand that a one-size-fits-all plan is neither feasible nor appropriate. These conversations were driven by a thorough review of the “Georgia’s Path to Recovery for K-12 Schools” guidance provided by the Georgia Department of Education and the Georgia Department of Public Health and in-depth assessments of our distance learning strategies this past spring.
While we want to safely bring back as many of our students as possible to in-person school settings, we felt it was in the best interests of our families to have them choose the classroom environment that maximizes learning and addresses our students’ holistic needs.
Starting Tuesday, June 30, GCSS families will have the option to select between traditional, face-to-face instruction and continuing to learn from home when school resumes on Thursday, August 20.
If you opt for the online learning option, a Virtual Learning Registration form must be completed for each student. Families with multiple children should complete one form for each child who will participate in virtual learning. All registration forms must be submitted before 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 12, 2020. This will allow GCSS staff the opportunity to assign your child to a virtual class and provide the appropriate training to the virtual teacher.
Please keep in mind that if you select the virtual learning option, you will be committing to at least 9 weeks of at-home learning for elementary and middle school students or 1 semester for high school students. Parents/guardians will be required to participate in a meeting with school and district administrators to discuss teacher and student learning expectations. Those discussions will include attendance, assignments, grading and diagnostic assessments.
If your student is new to Glynn County Schools and not enrolled in our district, you will need to schedule an appointment with our Central Registration Office by visiting https://calendly.com/glynn-county-central-registration/session. This must be done prior to submitting the Virtual Learning Registration form.
We understand the challenges of virtual learning and want to support our students in creating a manageable, organized framework for themselves. We look forward to hearing from you and working together to plan for our students’ individual and collective success in the new school year.
Update: June 30, 2020
As we prepare for the Class of 2020 graduations scheduled at 7:30 a.m. on July 9 and 10, we want to share our plans to make the safest environment possible:
- Individuals who are sick or have symptoms of COVID-19 should not attend;
- There will not be a graduate procession at the beginning of the ceremony;
- Masks, hand sanitizer and programs will be provided for students;
- Chairs will be spaced at least 6 feet apart on the stadium field;
- Under the direction of commencement marshals, students will proceed to the stage one at a time to receive their diplomas; and
- Family members will not be allowed on the field.
To reduce the potential spread of COVID-19, the following adjustments have been made to adhere to Department of Public Health guidance:
- Guests are limited to parents or guardians;
- Guests are asked to arrive and enter the stadium together with their graduate;
- Social distancing is planned;
- Masks will be provided for use during the ceremonies;
- Graduation will be streamed on iMint’s YouTube channel and on Xfinity Channel 99;
- Physical programs for guests will be replaced with QR codes that can be scanned from the stadium’s Jumbotron; and
- Graduates will be dismissed one at a time following the ceremony.
We strongly recommend that you avoid post-graduation parties where there will be large group gatherings, as this will negate all of our efforts. We are excited to hold these ceremonies next week and appreciate your support for our graduates throughout these unique times. In the interim, we will continue to carefully monitor the situation around COVID-19 and adjust our response accordingly.
Update #2: June 18, 2020
Georgia Will Seek Standardized Testing Waiver for 2020-21
Atlanta, GA - Today Governor Brian P. Kemp and State School Superintendent Richard Woods of the Georgia Department of Education issued the following joint statement:
"Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, we have urged common sense regarding compliance in Georgia’s public schools, and a focus before anything else on the health, safety, and well-being of students, families, and school staff.
"On March 16, Georgia became one of the first states in the nation to suspend standardized testing requirements in the wake of the COVID-19 school closures, and later received approval from the U.S. Department of Education for the cancelation of all remaining standardized tests in the 2019-2020 school year.
"Given the ongoing challenges posed by the pandemic and the resulting state budget reductions, it would be counterproductive to continue with high-stakes testing for the 2020-2021 school year. In anticipation of a return to in-person instruction this fall, we believe schools’ focus should be on remediation, growth, and the safety of students. Every dollar spent on high-stakes testing would be a dollar taken away from the classroom.
"Georgia will submit a waiver to the U.S. Department of Education for the suspension of the 2020-21 Georgia Milestones assessment and CCRPI school and district rating. To our knowledge, Georgia is the first state in the nation to make this announcement for the upcoming school year. Additionally, effective immediately, the Georgia Department of Education is suspending the teacher evaluation (TKES) summative rating for 2020-21.
"These efforts are in line with our longstanding shared belief that assessment has a place and a purpose in education, but the current high-stakes testing regime is excessive. Though the legislative session was shortened due to COVID-19, we are continuing to pursue Senate Bill 367, which aims to get Georgia’s state testing requirements in line with the federal minimum and maximize time for instruction.
"We are hopeful the federal government will recognize that the upcoming school year will not be ‘business as usual’ and will accept our request for a standardized testing waiver."
Update: June 18, 2020
Based on the negative test results that we have received from our food service employees and the established guidelines set forth by our local health department, we are able to resume our Summer Lunch Program on Friday, June 19 from 11 a.m. to noon.
Food preparations will be handled at each of the five sites to help lessen the impact on the program should an employee test positive for COVID-19 in the future.
We will continue to follow the same food safety protocols and daily temperature checks that have been in motion since the beginning of this pandemic, and will remain diligent in our cleaning, sanitizing and social-distancing measures to ensure the safety of our employees and all of those who utilize this service.
We are proud of these frontline heroes, and recognize the enormous sacrifices these individuals are making on a daily basis to feed our communities. As always, we thank you for your patience and your partnership during these truly exceptional times.
Update: June 16, 2020
Late Sunday evening, Glynn County Schools became aware that an employee who assisted with the Summer Meal program as recently as last week tested positive for COVID-19. The employee last worked at the site on Wednesday, June 10.
We want to tell you the steps we have taken and will continue to take in order to ensure the safety of our student meals:
- As has been the practice for some months now, we conduct health checks and temperature screenings on food service employees each day.
- All food service employees have strictly followed established food safety protocols including mask-wearing, hand-washing, glove-wearing and social distancing when interacting with the public.
- Employees perform contactless delivery by placing meals on carts or tables for pick up.
- In response to this positive test, we have contacted the local health department and anyone who may have had close contact with this individual.
- Impacted employees were asked to stay home and seek testing at the local health department.
- In addition to our daily cleaning, additional sanitizing of our food service sites is being completed.
Due to this temporary reduction in staff, we cannot currently support the meal distribution program. However, we are planning to resume meal service from 11 a.m. to noon on Monday, June 22. The Glynn County School System realizes there is a great need for this service and is committed to providing food for families while promoting public health and safety.
Update: June 2, 2020
We would like to thank all of the parents and individuals who have supported students learning at home with the online digital instruction provided by Glynn County Schools’ teachers and staff. Please know that your efforts and assistance with the process has been greatly appreciated!
While we hope to return to a normal school year in 2020-21, we want to be proactive in developing a plan using feedback received from our stakeholders should we need to continue in an alternate format.
In an effort to prepare for school next fall, we have created a very simple and short survey for you to complete for the upcoming school year to help us more fully prepare to meet the needs of the students. We would like to hear your thoughts and suggestions on the most beneficial way to move forward with education in the fall.
A link to the survey will be emailed via our One Call automated system and will be available on the Glynn County Schools’ website at www.glynn.k12.ga.us.
Thanks again for your support of student education in our district.
Update: June 1, 2020
This morning, the Georgia Department of Public Education and the Georgia Department of Public Health released a document entitled Georgia’s Path to Recovery for K-12 Schools. This plan provides guidance, not mandates, regarding reopening school this fall. If you wish to view the document in its entirety, please click HERE.
The guidance is based upon the following community-specific levels of COVID-19: substantial spread, minimal/moderate spread, and low/no spread. The level at which a district would be placed is determined by state and local health officials. Within each level of community spread, recommendations are then made regarding the following:
- Preventing infection
- Transporting students
- Entering school buildings
- Serving meals
- Transitioning between classes
- Conducting large group gatherings
- Supporting teaching and learning
- Protecting vulnerable populations
Based on a system’s individual needs, school will begin this fall with either in-person classes, distance learning, or a hybrid model. We will be sending a district survey soon on distance learning. Our close communication with local and state health agencies, along with the results of this survey, will help inform our decisions regarding reopening school. We do not yet know which level Glynn County falls within.
Thank you for your support while we begin making preparations for this fall. We look forward to welcoming our students back.
Update: May 20, 2020
Starting Monday, June 1, the Glynn County Schools Nutrition Department will offer breakfast and lunch to children ages 18 years and younger through USDA’s Seamless Summer Option (SSO) program ensuring that all children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session.
Much like our current drive-thru model (GCSS Meal Distribution Services), the Summer Feeding Program will host five sites – Altama Elementary, Brunswick High, Burroughs-Molette Elementary, Satilla Marsh Elementary and Sterling Elementary. Meals will be distributed from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays throughout the months of June and July.
The Summer Feeding Menu is posted on our district website. Menus may change based on availability of products. Meal packages will include some ready-to-eat items and some heat-n-serve items. All products are fully cooked and heating instructions will be provided. Meals will be prepared by the Glynn County Schools Nutrition Department and delivered to the sites at no cost to children.
For more information, contact the Glynn County Schools Nutrition Department at 912-267-4100, ext. 1355.
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Update: May 18, 2020
Parents and guardians who have a child that will attend public school in Glynn County for the first time next school year are encouraged to register their child now for school in August. The 2020-2021 school year will begin on Thursday, August 20.
However due to coronavirus-related restrictions, parents/guardians will need to schedule an appointment for a registration session by visiting https://calendly.com/glynn-county-central-registration/session. Attendance is limited to only parents/guardians (to allow office staff ample opportunities to sanitize work areas after each session), and registration packets must be completed prior to the scheduled session.
Students who are currently enrolled do not need to register; only those that will attend school in Glynn County for the first time or those that have not attended a Glynn County public school in the past year must register.
Documents that will be requested at registration include the child’s certified birth certificate and Social Security card (disclosure of the child’s Social Security Number is voluntary), current proof of immunization (DHR Form 3231), a certificate of vision/hearing/dental/nutrition screening (DHR Form 3300 current within the year that the child enters school), custody documentation (if necessary), current proof of residency and parent/guardian identification (any photo identification presented as documentation does not have to be government issued).
Following registration, parents/guardians will receive documents that they must take to the school for which their home address is zoned to complete the enrollment process.
For more information about the Registration process, call the Central Registration Office at 912-280-4010.
Parents who need to know the school for which their child is zoned to attend are encouraged to use WebQuery (https://ewa.edulogweb.com/glynnga01web/webquery/) to locate their child’s bus stop information or call the Transportation Department at 912-267-4120.
Update: May 8, 2020
Despite school closures due to COVID-19, high school students who take Advanced Placement courses will have an opportunity to take the final exam to earn college credit and/or placement through their AP scores.
Students in Glynn County Schools will take their exams from home – starting Monday, May 11 through Friday, May 22 – and tests will be 45 minutes with only extended response questions.
According to College Board, which administers the exam, unique security protocols are in place for this year’s online exams to ensure that all students worldwide take their tests at the same time. *(Georgia students will take their exams at 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. each day).
Other modifications made to this year’s exams include changes to the format, content and skills covered.
Since the AP exams will be open book/open note, most tests will have one or two free-response questions, and each question is timed separately. Students will need to access the online testing system 30 minutes prior to the test to get set up. Additionally, exams can be taken on any accessible device – computer, laptop or smartphone. There is also an option for students, who do not have reliable internet access, to handwrite their responses and submit a photo of their work via their cell phone.
If students have technical difficulties on the day of their exams, they can submit an incident form with College Board and will be given an opportunity to take those exams during the makeup schedule. To mitigate technical issues that could affect exams, the Glynn County I.T. Department has a few suggestions:
- Encourage other users in the household to limit Wifi-based activities to free up bandwidth while testing (i.e. watching Netflix and gaming).
- Run a virus scan (if on a Windows or MAC computer) well in advance of testing to make sure the computers they will be testing with are clean.
- Make sure all operating system updates have been applied.
- Make sure all web browsers have been updated.
- Run ONLY the web browser while testing, and close any unnecessary applications prior to the start of the exam.
In terms of portfolio courses, submissions for the three AP Art and Design courses, AP Seminar, AP Research, and AP Computer Science Principles have been extended until 11:59 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May 26, 2020.
The AP Seminar and AP Computer Science Principles assessments will not include an end-of-course exam this year. Students will be assessed on their portfolio submission only.
It is important to note that College Board will be using technology to detect plagiarism, and teachers will be receiving a copy of exams to compare with each student’s known work.
Update: May 5, 2020
Thanks to valuable feedback on the senior survey, graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2020 in Glynn County Schools will be held in July. Commencement exercises for Glynn Academy will be held on Thursday, July 9 at 7:30 a.m., and Brunswick High will host its ceremony on Friday, July 10 at 7:30 a.m. Both events will take place in the Glynn County Stadium. Plans to broadcast and record the ceremonies are being discussed.
Please keep in mind that alternate adjustments may be considered in the interest of public health and in accordance with state mandates and social distancing guidelines.
Students who wish to pick up their diploma in advance and take a picture with their principals while wearing their caps and gowns can do so. Contact your school principal to make arrangements for this opportunity.
We are excited to hold graduation in July and appreciate the community’s support for our graduates throughout these unique times.
Update: April 28, 2020
The Glynn County School System’s Athletics Department will recognize the Class of 2020 by turning on the stadium lights at various locations throughout the county at 8:20 p.m. nightly (20:20 military time) in honor of our graduating Seniors and Senior Athletes.
The lights will stay on for 20 minutes per night every Tuesday and Friday Night beginning Tuesday, April 28th and running through the end of May when the Seniors were scheduled to graduate. The lights will be turned on at the Brunswick High and Glynn Academy baseball fields, softball fields, tennis courts, and at Glynn County Stadium.
“This is a part of the national “Be The Light” movement that is taking place across the United States and it is designed to honor the bright futures that these Seniors have in front of them,” said Glynn County Schools Athletic Director Steve Waters.
“Our Seniors have had to miss out on so many milestones due to this unprecedented pandemic that has swept across the United States and our World. We want to show our Seniors how much we appreciate them and we hope the community will join us by turning on their porch lights from 8:20 to 8:40 every Tuesday and Friday Night to honor the Senior Student Athletes in our community.”
As an added feature to honor these athletes, the Glynn County School’s Athletics Department, in partnership with I-Mint Media and Barefoot Video Productions, will release a video on social media on Tuesday, April 28th. The video will feature every Head Coach of a Spring Sport in Glynn County recognizing and honoring their student athletes.
The video is professionally made and has images of many of the playing fields in Glynn County in the background shining their lights for the Class of 2020.
“Our goal is to post the videos on social media and hopefully get 5,000 likes or shares. I encourage the families of these Seniors and our Glynn County Community to Share the video and Save it as a tribute to this special group of students. Every person in Glynn County can share this experience by joining us on Social Media and turning on their porch lights as we “Light up Glynn County” for our Seniors.”
Update: April 27, 2020
As we continue to explore unique and creative avenues to recognize our graduating seniors, we have created a survey to gather their input on the options we have selected for their 2020 graduation ceremonies.
Please check your school Gmail account and answer the questions in the Class of 2020 Google classroom survey. We value your thoughts and opinions, and look forward to reviewing what matters to you. Thank you in advance for engaging in this important process.
Update: April 22, 2020
Food insecurity for students who rely on school meals is a major concern during school closures. For families in need of additional food assistance, visit Food Finder – a safe, secure mobile and web app that allows families to locate free food assistance programs quickly.
Families can use this tool to find directions to nearby sites as well as hours of operation and contact information.
Also, the USDA National Hunger Hotline remains a helpful resource for people seeking food assistance. The hotline, operated by Hunger Free America, can be reached Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET. at 1-866-3-HUNGRY (1-866-348-6479) or 1-877-8-HAMBRE (1-877-842-6273) (for Spanish).
Update: April 17, 2020
OPEN LETTER FROM STATE SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT RICHARD WOODS TO SCHOOL DISTRICTS, PARENTS, STUDENTS & TEACHERS:
We must choose compassion over compliance
It has been one month since Georgia’s school buildings closed and transitioned to distance learning. In that month, Georgia’s teachers, educational leaders, parents, and students have done a remarkable job adapting to this “new normal” and continuing to learn in circumstances none of us could have imagined when the school year began.
We have seen public education rise up and make the best of a bad situation. Georgia’s teachers have gone far above and beyond the call of duty to serve their students – displaying the creativity, resilience, and commitment to students that define our profession. I know our teachers, so I am not surprised – but I could not be more proud or impressed.
At the same time, we know distance learning comes with challenges – for teachers, students, and parents. Even students who are in the ideal situation for e-learning are coping with a crisis. They may have parents or grandparents who are affected by COVID-19 or going to work in a medical setting each day. They may themselves have pre-existing conditions that place them at higher risk for complications from the virus. Their parents may be out of work, or working full-time while attempting to navigate the new learning landscape.
Other students may have no internet access, no digital devices, or may be sharing a single device among multiple children. They may have little food to eat. Some high-school students are picking up extra hours at work. Other children, heartbreakingly, are in abusive home environments and have lost the refuge of the traditional school day.
And our teachers are working to serve students while taking care of their own children or other responsibilities at home.
Those who have said the model being implemented here is not traditional distance learning or homeschooling but “crisis learning” are exactly right.
My message to school districts – which I shared directly with district superintendents earlier this week – is that our focus during this time should be on compassion over compliance.
To be clear, we must continue to be vigilant in support of our students. But our focus during this time should not be on test scores, accountability or percentiles. Our marker for success should be that our children got through this time healthy, safe, and nurtured. It is not a time to be rigid or inflexible – it is a time to extend grace to each other.
I would encourage parents to extend that same grace to their child’s teachers and school district.
I know there is nothing simple about supporting your child’s education during this time. If you are concerned about the assignments your child is receiving or their ability to manage the workload, reach out to their teacher or principal and let them know. Keep the lines of communication open, and remember this is brand-new for teachers as well.
I have received some questions about why the school year has not been called off altogether, rather than continued through distance learning. School districts do have the flexibility to select an earlier end date if they choose, and I fully support those who are making that decision. Let me share from the heart of an educator why an immediate, statewide end to the school year (rather than simply the closure of school buildings) was not considered.
First, I believe we owe it to our students to keep extending opportunities for them to learn and grow. While it will take continued communication, patience, and creativity I believe this can be done without placing an undue burden on parents or students.
Second, for many students, the support and care of their teachers is a lifeline. For many of us, it was unthinkable to cut off access for those students completely in the midst of a global crisis.
For all of us, it is tempting to look around to other districts and schools to compare what is going on to your reality. No two schools or districts are alike. The capabilities and communities vary. Everyone is doing their best to make this situation work.
At the Department of Education, we have focused on providing flexibility from state and federal mandates so school districts have the freedom to focus on learning, growth, and student safety. Our guidance to them has been that no student should be penalized, or held back in their expected progression, due to circumstances over which they have no control (i.e. the COVID-19 school closures).
One month into distance learning, I am proud of the creativity, flexibility, and commitment Georgia’s educators have displayed. I am proud of Georgia’s parents, who have advocated for their children and taken on a role they never thought they’d have. And I am proud of Georgia’s students – especially our graduating seniors – who have demonstrated great resilience and integrity.
This challenge is not over. There are more difficulties ahead. But if we keep the focus on compassion over compliance and extend grace to each other – grace from principals to teachers, from teachers to students, from parents to teachers – we will get through this time together and be stronger for it.
State School Superintendent
Update: April 15, 2020
As our school leaders and teachers continue navigating online learning and exploring end-of-year procedures, it is easy for our focus to rest primarily on academics. However, we must be intentional in supporting the emotional learning of our students, families and staff, especially those who are scared, who feel isolated, and who don't have the tools to cope with the changes in the world around them.
Listed below are just some of the agencies offering resources for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of them offer Warm and Hot Lines for those who need support.
Update: April 13, 2020
Due to the severe thunderstorm warning issued for Glynn County, our meal distribution services will be held from noon to 1 p.m. today, April 13, at Altama Elementary, Brunswick High, Burroughs-Molette Elementary and Sterling Elementary.
Per new requirements from our USDA waiver, parents and/or guardians who arrive at the four sites without students in their vehicle will be given up to four bagged meals.
In order to receive more than four bagged breakfast and lunch items at our sites, parents and/or guardians are required to either show their ID or proof that the students live in their home. This could be proof of a Parent Portal on Infinite Campus or their student’s ID number.
This does NOT apply to those whose children are in their vehicle during the time of pickups.
As part of the meal distribution services, on Mondays (April 13 and 20), students will receive a lunch for that day, breakfast and lunch for Tuesday, and breakfast for Wednesday. On Wednesdays (April 15 and 22), students can expect a lunch for that day, breakfast and lunch for Thursday, and breakfast for Friday. On Fridays (April 17 and 24), they will collect a lunch for that day and breakfast for the following Monday.
These services will be provided from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the four named sites. We ask that all drivers please go to the BHS site for drive-thru pickups.
All meals must be picked up at the bus ramp at Altama, BHS and BME. Meals are to be picked up at the front of the school at Sterling. Home deliveries will be made for students who are wheelchair-bound or have other medical disabilities that prohibit them from receiving the meals at the school sites.
Update#2: April 3, 2020
We hope that everyone enjoys their Spring Break staycations! As a reminder, there will be no academic work next week, April 6-10, and no meal service. Take a mental break, get some fresh air, and log back in on Monday, April 13.
While you are socially distancing due to COVID-19, don’t forget to complete your 2020 Census information. You can respond online at my2020census.gov, by phone at 1-844-330-2020, or by mail.
Update: April 3, 2020
Glynn County Schools views its commencement exercises as one of the most important celebrations of the year. It is a time to honor academic excellence and the extraordinary accomplishments of our students with their family and friends before they move onto the next chapter of their lives.
At this time, we are postponing our May 2020 graduation ceremonies for Brunswick High and Glynn Academy in hopes that we can reschedule at a later time this summer. We believe that by postponing graduation we can continue to prioritize safety while still preserving this significant occasion for our students, families, and the general community.
In the interim, with the support of our School Board and community partners, our leadership team is exploring several unique and creative avenues to recognize our graduating seniors. To mark this milestone in a timely manner, this celebration will occur closer to the end of the school year.
Obviously, this will look different than the traditional May ceremonies we are accustomed to, but we want to do everything possible to find a meaningful and special way to honor our seniors. More details will follow soon after the break.
Until then, we will remain in contact with our families and staff as we work through solutions that address these concerns. As always, we will continue to monitor the global pandemic and provide updates as they are available regarding our plans.
Thank you for continued support and patience during these unprecedented times.
Update: April 2, 2020
The Glynn County Board of Education will hold their work session today, April 2nd at 4:30 p.m., and the regular meeting on Tuesday, April 14th is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Due to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the Glynn County Commission’s recent ban on gatherings of 10 or more people, the Board, in compliance with the Open Meetings Act, will provide virtual coverage of the proceedings to ensure they remain open, accessible and transparent to the public.
Anyone wishing to observe the meetings may do so on our Glynn County Schools’ YouTube channel or locally on Xfinity channel 99. The board agendas can be found by visiting www.glynn.k12.ga.us and clicking on “Board Meetings and Policies” under the District tab. The public comment portion of the meeting has been temporarily suspended as well.
Update: April 1, 2020
In response to the current pandemic climate and to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus, Governor Brian Kemp issued an executive order today, April 1, directing all K-12 schools in Georgia to remain closed for the rest of the academic year for in-person instruction. However, distance and online learning will continue through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, which concludes in Glynn County on Thursday, May 21.
Glynn County Schools intends to provide the best possible instruction for our students, and will work to continue our meal distribution service as planned. Information regarding graduations and grading will be disseminated in the coming days.
As an additional component to Governor Kemp’s mandate, a shelter-in-place order will go into effect at noon on Friday, April 3 and will end on Monday, April 13.
These are certainly trying times, but we teach our students to be resilient in the face of adversity and will continue to support them in any capacity that we can. We know that our families have a lot of questions right now. We will work throughout the week to answer as many questions as possible.
Going forward, we will continue to communicate with our families often to keep them informed throughout the process. We truly appreciate your support and grace as we all work to navigate these new waters.
Update: March 31, 2020
People across Glynn County, the state and country are spending more time at home as they practice social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. While staying in your home and reducing outings helps maintain physical health, the combination of fear, social isolation and cabin fever can take a major toll on mental health. Here are some self-care strategies to families and educators that can make the time spent at home less stressful:
- 10 Yoga Poses for Stressed Educators: https://resilienteducator.com/lifestyle/calming-yoga-poses/
- 4 Mindfulness Strategies for Cabin Fever: http://www.mindfulteachers.org/2020/03/coping.html
- Taking Care of Your Emotional Health: https://emergency.cdc.gov/coping/selfcare.asp
- Positive Discipline – Strategies for Educator Self-Care: https://www.positivediscipline.com/articles/self-care-teachers
- 7 Self-Care Strategies for Educators (Edutopia): https://www.edutopia.org/discussion/7-self-care-strategies-teachers
Update: March 27, 2020
The Georgia School Counselor Association recently released a document with a list of ways that parents can support their children during the COVID-19 pandemic. Both the English and Spanish documents can be found under "Related Files" at the bottom of this page.
Thank you for your continued commitment to our students. We will continue to support each other and get through this together.
Update: March 26, 2020
In accordance with Governor Brian Kemp’s executive order announcement today, March 26, Glynn County Schools will remain closed for in-person instruction through Friday, April 24. Schools will tentatively resume on Monday, April 27.
Prior to this date, the Governor will make a decision on the remainder of the school year.
We encourage you to continue to follow healthy hygienic practices, and rely on the guidance provided by our local health department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As always, we will provide updates and additional information related to COVID-19 as it becomes available on our website, www.glynn.k12.ga.us, through One Call Now, and on our social media platforms.
We truly appreciate your support and grace as we all work to navigate these new waters.
Update: March 24, 2020
Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Georgia is providing an opportunity for families to drive through and pick up a snack and dinner for the children in their family from 4:00p.m. to 6:00p.m.
Monday- Sunday (7 days a week) at the following locations starting Wednesday, March 25, 2020:
Elizabeth F. Correll Teen Center
4226 Coral Park Drive
Brunswick, GA 31520
The Club at Burroughs-Molette
1805 I Street
Brunswick, GA 31520
St. Simons Boys & Girls Club
729 Ocean Blvd.
Saint Simons Island, GA 31522
Risley Middle School
707 South Point Parkway
Brunswick, GA 31523
Jane Macon Middle School
201 McKenzie Drive
Brunswick, GA 31523
Needwood Middle School
669 Harry Driggers Blvd.
Brunswick, GA 31525
1200 Albany Street
Brunswick, GA 31520
Glynn Middle School
635 Lanier Blvd.
Brunswick, GA 31520
Early Literacy Academy
2102 Albany Street
Brunswick, Ga 31520
Meals will be served "grab-n-go" style, as they will not be consumed on site.
You do NOT have to be a Boys & Girls Club member. Per USDA guidelines, children must be present in order for meals and snack to be provided. Meals will only be provided to students who are in the car at the time of pick up.
Update: March 23, 2020
There will be a slight change in our meal distribution services this week. Starting on Wednesday, March 25, students will be given breakfast items for Thursday, Friday and the following Monday. Meal distribution services will be closed on Friday, March 27, so that our distribution center can replenish our schools’ pantries.
We will reopen on Monday, March 30, and will serve lunch for that day, along with breakfast and lunch for the following day, and breakfast for that Wednesday. Please rest assured that we are maintaining close contact with our suppliers and plan to have all of the breakfast and lunch items needed through Friday, April 3.
For now, we strongly encourage all drivers to go to the bus ramp at Brunswick High to pick up their meals. All others can still go to the bus ramps at Altama and Burroughs-Molette Elementary Schools, as well as the front of the school at Sterling Elementary, to grab their bagged meals.
Home deliveries will be made for students who are wheelchair-bound or have other medical disabilities that prohibit them from receiving the meals at the school sites. Thank you for your continued support and have a wonderful day.
Update: March 20, 2020
To limit the spread of COVID-19 and protect the public, the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) encourages families to access self-service options online during this period. Self-service options include:
Apply for Food Stamp and Medicaid Benefits
Visit: gateway.ga.gov (verification documents can also be uploaded and case status info is available for all benefits)
Download an Application:
Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT)
Visit: https://www.connectebt.com/gaebtclient or call: 888-421-3281 for updates
Those without internet access can contact the DFCS Customer Contact Center at 877-423-4746 for additional information or to request a paper application. Once completed, applications and any required verification can be mailed back to the Glynn County DFCS Office. It is located at 823 Scranton Road in Brunswick.
If you have questions, please contact Denise Wells via email at email@example.com or by calling 470-259-6130.
Update #2: March 18, 2020
As of 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, approximately 2,241 "grab-n-go" bags were delivered to students at Altama Elementary, Brunswick High, Burroughs-Molette and Sterling Elementary. This equates to 8,964 meals.
To bring that figure into scope, four meals per person were provided, as these bagged meals are for today’s lunch, Thursday’s breakfast and lunch, and Friday’s breakfast. On Friday, March 20, the remote sites will provide lunch for that day and breakfast for Monday.
For dates, times and locations, please refer to the Meal Distribution Flyer located in the "Related Files" at the bottom of this page.
Update: March 18, 2020
Beginning today, March 18, Glynn County Schools will provide an opportunity for families to drive through and pick up meals for the children in their family from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Altama Elementary, Brunswick High, Burroughs-Molette Elementary and Sterling Elementary.
We will have SROs on hand to help walkers safely cross the street at these key locations, and home deliveries will be made for students who are wheelchair bound or have other medical disabilities that prohibit them from receiving meals at the school sites.
Please keep in mind that this is a very fluid situation and more sites will be added as we go. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate this uncharted territory, and look forward to serving you during this closure.
Update #2: March 16, 2020
As the COVID-19 outbreak continues and many public schools are closed to ensure the safety of students and staff, State School Superintendent Richard Woods is suspending the following until further notice:
- State assessment window/administration (including Georgia Milestones EOGs and EOCs, the Georgia Alternate Assessment/GAA 2.0, and all other required testing)
- Teacher and leader evaluation (TKES/LKES) requirements and reporting
- State-level attendance-related consequences (including CCRPI, TKES/LKES, School Climate Star Rating, and make-up day requirements)
“Right now, schools’ focus needs to be on the safety of their students and staff,” Superintendent Woods said. “The focus should be first and foremost on health and safety, then on flexible and creative ways to keep learning and growing. It’s common sense: testing and accountability requirements should not place an additional burden on students, parents, and educators during this time, and they will not in Georgia.”
At the State Board of Education meeting on March 27 (which will be conducted via teleconference), Superintendent Woods will recommend the approval of a package of waivers, including suspension of the 20% course grade requirement for the Georgia Milestones EOC.
Update: March 16, 2020
Beginning on Wednesday, March 18, Glynn County Schools will provide an opportunity for families to drive through and pick up meals for the children in their family, at four school sites throughout the district – Altama Elementary, Brunswick High, Burroughs-Molette Elementary and Sterling Elementary.
These approved sites, which derive from our federally funded Summer Lunch Program, were selected because they are centrally located and easily reachable for many of our families.
This program and these meals are for students only. Per USDA guidelines, children must be present in order for meals to be provided. Meals will only be provided for students who are in the car at the time of pick up.
Families can pick up meals for all children under the age of 18, or under the age of 21 for youth with special needs between the hours of 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays until the beginning of Spring Break.
On Mondays (March 23 and 30), students will receive a lunch for that day, breakfast and lunch for Tuesday, and breakfast for Wednesday. On Wednesdays (March 18 and 25, and April 1), students can expect a lunch for that day, breakfast and lunch for Thursday, and breakfast for Friday. On Fridays (March 20 and 27, and April 3), they will collect a lunch for that day and breakfast for the following Monday.
Meals will be served “grab-n-go” style, as they will not be consumed on site. If your student currently receives a documented Special Diet Meal Accommodation through the School Nutrition Program, please let us know if your student will need to participate in the pick-up meal service during the school closure.
Should schools remain closed beyond these dates, an update about meal services will be provided at that time.
Update: March 15, 2020
As we have continued to monitor all available information about COVID-19, recent developments related to the asymptomatic spread of COVID-19 as well as the public health emergency issued by Governor Brian Kemp on March 14, 2020 have prompted GCSS to update our plan of action.
GCSS will remain open on Monday, March 16; however, parents and guardians may keep students home without penalty if they choose.
Schools will be closed beginning Tuesday, March 17 and will remain closed until after spring break. Distance and online learning will begin for students on Wednesday, March 18 and continue through Friday, April 3. Classes will tentatively resume Monday, April 13 after spring break. The district has made the decision to remain open on Monday to allow students to receive assignments and additional instructions to ensure a smooth transition for distance and/or online learning.
Daily medications that are provided by the school nurse will be made available to parents on Monday and Tuesday. Please contact the nurse prior to coming to the school to help avoid crowds in the office.
The School Nutrition Department will finalize plans tomorrow for meal distributions during the school closure. The details about how and where students can access meals will be shared as soon as they become available.
All district extracurricular activities, field trips, assemblies and sporting events will be cancelled until further notice.
During this time of uncertainty, we appreciate our community for their support. We urge our families to exercise personal responsibility for social distancing per guidelines issued by the CDC and Georgia Department of Health. Please talk with your children about this need to stay away from large groups and to continue practicing good hygiene, particularly hand-washing.
Monday and Tuesday will be regular workdays for all staff members of GCSS. Tuesday will be a teacher planning day. All employees will receive specific guidance from your department leaders about expectations for work during the closure.
The health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and community remain our top priority. We will provide updates and additional information related to COVID-19 as it becomes available. Please check your email daily and refer to our COVID-19 reference page for updated information.
Update #2: March 13, 2020
Glynn County Schools remains committed to taking all necessary precautions and measures to preserve the safety of our students and community.
That includes continually monitoring and providing updates from the Glynn County Health Department and Georgia Department of Public Health, as well as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for which we use their guidance as reference for school closure considerations in conjunction with recommendations from local and state health officials. (That CDC guidance can be accessed at this link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/considerations-for-school-closure.pdf)
At this time, our schools will continue to operate on a normal schedule. However if we are informed of a reported case of coronavirus in our community, we will notify you immediately. Bear in mind that there are still no confirmed cases or “presumptive positive” cases in Glynn County, according to the GDPH.
With heightened concerns around the spread of coronavirus in our community, the following guidelines are currently in place to help reduce possible COVID-19 cases:
- ABSENCES: Glynn County Schools will provide flexibility on requirements for student absences. Parents are encouraged to talk with their school’s administrator directly, so that they are made aware of your concerns and have a chance to respond.
- ENROLLMENT: Families who are new to the Glynn County area can contact via telephone and/or email our Central Registration Office for instructions related to registration.
- FACILITY MAINTENANCE & CLEANLINESS: The District continues to implement all best practices and materials at our disposal to keep each facility as clean as possible. Our maintenance personnel are routinely cleaning high-touch surfaces (e.g., doorknobs, light switches, countertops) with virus-killing products, and schools are being regularly provided adequate hygiene and cleaning materials so that frequently used areas like bathrooms and cafeterias are continuously stocked. School buses are being stringently cleaned with approved disinfectants.
- FIELD TRIPS: Effective Friday, March 13, all field trips, including all out-of-county travel, have been postponed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Contact your school for more information on rescheduling and/or refunds.
- SPORTING EVENTS: Following the recommendation of the Georgia High School Association, starting Friday, March 13, all spring sporting practices, events and extracurricular activities have been suspended until further notice. However, all other after-school programs will operate on a normal schedule at this time.
We will continue to provide updates and share information as we receive them from local and regional health agencies on our website, www.glynn.k12.ga.us, through the One Call Now automated calling system, and on our social media platforms. To ensure that you receive these important messages, please make sure your child’s school has your current emergency contact info on file.
Also, we have dedicated a page on the district website for COVID-19 Information if you need additional information. It can be found under the “District” tab on the site. Thank you for continuing to encourage best practices for personal hygiene with your children.
Update: March 13, 2020
Glynn County Schools are closely monitoring the latest developments regarding the potential threat of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States and in our area. As we are updated by the Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH), we will continue to follow the lead of local, state, and federal agencies.
That said, our schools will continue to operate on a normal schedule as of now. If circumstances warrant any changes to our operational schedules, parents will be notified through the One Call Now automated calling system, on our website, www.glynn.k12.ga.us, on our social media platforms, and through our media partners. To ensure that you receive these important messages, please make sure your child’s school has your current emergency contact info on file.
It is important to note that there are still no confirmed or “presumptive positive” cases in Glynn County, according to the GDPH. If there were to be a reported case of coronavirus in our school, we would notify you immediately.
In an effort to be proactive and prepared, our schools will be regularly sending home some additional resources and assignments. This is being done to ensure that learning can continue to occur in the event of a future school closure.
Per the recommendation of the Georgia High School Association, starting today, March 13, Glynn County Schools has suspended all spring sporting events and extracurricular activities until further notice. However, all other after-school programs will operate on a normal schedule at this time.
In the meantime, we will continue to follow the guidelines shared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Georgia Department of Public Health to reinforce the importance of healthy hygiene.
For Glynn County Schools, that includes routinely cleaning high-touch surfaces (e.g., doorknobs, light switches, countertops) with virus-killing products, and ensuring our schools have adequate hygiene and cleaning materials so that frequently used areas like bathrooms and cafeterias are continuously stocked.
We encourage you to follow the same sensible steps and precautions that address many viruses and common respiratory illnesses:
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Frequently wash your hands with soap and water.
- Properly cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing with your elbow and not your hand.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Make sure your child's immunizations are up-to-date.
- Stay home and do not go to work or school if you are sick.
If you have concerns about safety or sanitation, we ask that you please contact your school's administrators directly, so that they are made aware of the issue and have a chance to respond. For additional help, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Update: March 11, 2020
We know that Georgia’s first reported cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have put many of you on edge. While there are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Glynn County or in our schools, extra precautions have been taken to keep our students and staff safe.
Aside from working closely with state and local health officials, we have enhanced certain protocols to minimize the chance of an outbreak at our schools.
Our maintenance personnel are routinely cleaning high-touch surfaces (e.g., doorknobs, light switches, countertops) with virus-killing products, and are being provided additional training focused on cleaning and disinfection best practices.
Our school nurses are participating in weekly discussions with state and federal agencies and other statewide school health clinicians on how to stay up-to-date with developments concerning COVID-19.
In addition, our schools have been provided adequate hygiene and cleaning materials so that frequently used areas like bathrooms and cafeterias are continuously stocked.
Although the practice of being prepared for emergencies is something that we do every day, these efforts cannot stop at our schools. It is vitally important that we all routinely use the same preventative strategies to block the transmission of respiratory and viral illnesses like COVID-19. This includes following best every-day healthy practices like frequently washing hands, staying home when sick, and covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue.
We will remain focused on the safety of our schools and community, and will continue to work diligently with our state and local health officials to provide you with updates as we learn more. In the meantime, we advise you to follow the guidelines shared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Georgia Department of Public Health to reinforce the importance of healthy hygiene.
In a time of anxiety, it is up to all of us to lead and model the importance of listening to facts and not responding to fear.
As always, please continue to monitor updates on our website, www.glynn.k12.ga.us, One Call Now and our social media platforms as new information arises. If you would like more information about COVID-19 and the steps you can take to avoid infection, visit the website of the Coastal Health District at www.gachd.org or the CDC at www.cdc.gov/COVID19.
Update: March 4, 2020
Update: March 3, 2020
Many of you have heard news reports about cases of coronavirus in the U.S. and other countries. As of March 3, 2020, there are two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Fulton County, Ga. However, we want to share some basic information with you about this current strain of coronavirus, how we’re responding and what you can do as well, because your child’s health and safety are our top concerns.
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) virus that spreads mainly from person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people, or from contact with infected surfaces or objects. The virus was first detected in Wuhan City, China in December 2019, and continues to expand to other countries, including the United States. Symptoms of COVID-19 may resemble the common cold or seasonal flu, which is a far greater risk this time of year.
In order to be proactive, we met today with state and local health officials to review and discuss our plans for the COVID-19 virus. We had a great discussion. Their main message was good hygiene and cleaning as the best preventative measures, much like we do with the seasonal flu.
It is worth noting that the Glynn County School System has a close relationship with the Public Health Department of the Coastal Health District. If any local cases of COVID-19 are discovered, we will be notified. Likewise, if our teachers and nurses see students and staff members with flu-like symptoms, we will share this important information with the Health Department.
But perhaps the most important relationship is the one we have with you. We need your help to prevent the spread of illness in our schools – not just coronavirus, but any kind of viral illness.
Although there is much we do not know yet about how it spreads, how serious it can be, or how to treat it, we must reiterate that the best way to prevent infection with any respiratory virus is to use the same preventative strategies used during a normal cold and flu season:
- Keep your child home from school if they are sick, and contact your health care provider if the child exhibits flu-like symptoms.
- Instruct children to cover their mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around your child from getting sick.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
- Wash hands frequently to protect against germs. Wash with soap and water, or clean with alcohol-based hand cleaner.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose or mouth.
- Practice other good health habits. Keep yourself strong – and more resistant to disease – by getting plenty of sleep, staying physically active, managing stress, drinking plenty of fluids and eating nutritious foods.
We will continue to monitor and follow the information and guidelines for schools put forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Georgia Department of Public Health. The Glynn County School System will focus on prevention, response, and preparedness in the event of a pandemic situation.
That said, please stay informed and listen to the advice of public health officials in our area — and not panic if your child or someone else in your family or in the community gets a cough and fever. It’s far more likely to be a cold, or influenza (flu), than coronavirus.
If you would like more information about COVID-19, visit the website of the Coastal Health District at www.gachd.org or the CDC at www.cdc.gov/COVID19. We will also keep you updated on our website, www.glynn.k12.ga.us, One Call Now and our social media platforms.