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Clayton County Public Schools (CCPS) is continuing to monitor national and local reports regarding the spread of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). As a precaution district officials are continuing to be in contact with the Clayton County Board of Health and other entities to remain abreast of all critical COVID-19 information. Currently, there are no confirmed cases of the virus in Clayton County. As it is a goal of Clayton County Public Schools to maintain a safe environment for all, Superintendent Dr. Morcease J. Beasley, and members of his executive team are preparing for all possibilities regarding the spread of this virus as well as established the following measures to safeguard the students and stakeholders of Clayton County Public Schools. These actions are in alignment with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization, the State Board of Health, the Clayton County Board of Health and policies set forth by the Clayton County Board of Education. 


 Weekly Updates

Clayton County Public Schools leadership team, comprised of the Superintendent of Schools and members of the Core Cabinet and Expanded Core Cabinet, will host weekly meetings to monitor and make decisions toward keeping the community informed. The Superintendent of Schools will also share updates with the Clayton County Board of Education as appropriate. All weekly updates will appear in this section.

Update #15 - April 6, 2020
Thank You



Update #14 - April 3, 2020

On behalf of Clayton County Public Schools (CCPS) Superintendent/CEO of Schools Dr. Morecase J. Beasley, we thank all stakeholders who participated in the 3rd Superintendent Facebook Live Address on Friday, April 3, 2020. 

 

We are aware of the continuous audio issues associated with the Facebook Live Platform. Though the feed was also simultaneously streamed to youtube as well, we do apologize to all stakeholders who had audio difficulties. Please know our troubleshooting effort will continue as we aim to provide all stakeholders with a quality opportunity to engage with Clayton County Public Schools during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. 

 

As we work through the aforementioned challenges, we are pleased to share with you the recorded video message as broadcast on our social media platforms. Stakeholders can access the message, by clicking the following link (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9u5yVowbLw) which features information regarding the Class of 2020 graduation updates and more! 

 

Accompanying the Superintendent’s  Video Message is an Open Letter from Superintendent Beasley. It is our hope that this letter finds each of you well as it commends the many individuals who have supported and provided resources to the families of Clayton County. In addition, the letter offers words of encouragement to our community, parents, and students as we all deal with the impact of the global pandemic. 

 

For more updates from Clayton County Public Schools, please be sure to visit the Coronavirus Updates webpage on the district website, or click the following link: https://tinyurl.com/CCPSCOVID19. CLICK HERE TO VIEW SUPERINTENDENT BEASLEY'S OPEN LETTER



Update #13 - April 1, 2020

As announced today, April 1, 2020, via an Executive Order by Georgia Governor, Brian Kemp, all public K-12 schools in Georgia will remain closed through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Also shared as part of Governor Kemp’s announcement, effective Friday, April 3, until Monday, April 13, 2020, Georgia will activate a statewide Shelter-in-Place order, mandating that all citizens, with the exception of essential service employees, to stay home until April 13, 2020. It is asked that citizens only leave their homes for essential needs and services. 

Superintendent/CEO Dr. Morcease J. Beasley will also host the 3rd Superintendent Facebook Live Address on Friday, April 3, 2020. Stakeholders can access the presentation by clicking here: www.facebook.com/ccpsnews. Scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m., as part of this live message, Dr. Beasley will share critical updates relative to the Governor’s Executive Order regarding school closures due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

Click here to view the full announcement.


Update #12 - March 31, 2020
On behalf of Clayton County Public Schools (CCPS) Superintendent/CEO of Schools Dr. Morecase J. Beasley, we thank all stakeholders who participated in the 2nd Superintendent Facebook Live Address on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. Unfortunately due to inclement weather in the area and the influx of users on the Facebook Live platform, our broadcast, like many others, experienced technical issues with the audio feed. We do apologize for this issue and will continue to actively troubleshoot solutions for our next live broadcast. 

As we work through the aforementioned challenges, we are pleased to share with you the recorded video message as broadcast on the Facebook Live platform. Stakeholders can access the message, which features information regarding the impact of Coronavirus, Community Resources, Graduation, Instructional Updates, Supports for Seniors and more, by clicking the following link: https://youtu.be/EFyaXz1ubXQ.


Update #11 - March 26, 2020
On Thursday, March 26, 2020, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, signed an Executive Order closing all public schools across the state of Georgia through April 24, 2020, as the state and nation continue efforts to slow the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

As shared previously, Clayton County Public Schools will observe the scheduled 2019-2020 Spring Break beginning Monday, April 6, 2020, through Friday, April 10, 2020. As a result, all schools and offices of Clayton County Public Schools will be closed and all Digital Learning opportunities will be placed on hold beginning April 6, 2020, until Spring Break has concluded. 

Please see the attached notice as it contains important details. 

Click here to view the attached notice.


Update #10 - March 25, 2020
Clayton County Public Schools (CCPS) will observe the scheduled 2019-2020 Spring Break beginning Monday, April 6, 2020, through Friday, April 10, 2020. As a result, all schools and offices of Clayton County Public Schools will be closed and all Digital Learning opportunities will be placed on hold until Spring Break has concluded. 
During the scheduled closure, Clayton County Public Schools will continue to provide Grab-N-Go meals at the pre-selected sites.

As the world continues to navigate the impact of the Coronavirus, please see the attached document as it contains links and proposed activities stakeholders can participate in at-home during the scheduled Spring Break.

Click to view the attached announcement in regards to spring break.


Update #9 - March 25, 2020

Clayton County Public Schools (CCPS) Superintendent/CEO Dr. Morcease J. Beasley hosted his first-ever Superintendent’s Facebook Live Address today,  Monday, March 23, 2020, at 1 p.m. As part of this live message, Dr. Beasley discussed a variety of topics relative to CCPS such as the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the status of school district operations, district support initiatives and the importance of making the most of these non-traditional circumstances.

We thank all individuals who tuned in, as well as those who shared the live update, for their support. For those who may have missed this opportunity, please click the following link to access the recorded message:https://youtu.be/IfCS0T1vu-c 

It is encouraged that all stakeholders to continue to monitor the district platforms for additional updates relative to our school system! Please note that all district plans and updates will be communicated as needed as they occur.



Update #8 - March 17, 2020

 
Effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020, Clayton County Public Schools (CCPS) will add eleven (11) Grab-N-Go meal service locations for a total of twenty-one (21) sites to provide breakfast and lunch meals to children during the indefinite school closure. The school system has altered the service hours allowing children to pick up both breakfast and lunch at the same time. The new hours to receive meals are 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. 

In addition, beginning March 27, Clayton County Public Schools will partner with the Atlanta Community Food Bank to provide grocery services to the families of CCPS students at five locations. Volunteers are needed for this initiative at the five Food Bank locations and should arrive by 10:00 a.m. every Thursday until further notice to package food items. Additionally, volunteers are needed to assist in distributing the packaged food to participants and should arrive by 8:00 a.m. every Friday, at the sites until further notice. Individuals interested in assisting with this volunteer opportunity should confirm via email at ccpscommunications@clayton.k12.ga.us.

It is important to note that District Officials are continuing to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on our state and nation and will adjust plans as needed in response to changing circumstances. All updates will be communicated as they occur. 

Please see the following flyer for details regarding the Grab-N-Go meal service and the Atlanta Community Food Bank.  Food Services


Update #7 - March 16, 2020

As Clayton County Public Schools (CCPS) remains closed indefinitely amid the Coronavirus (COVID-19), please be reminded that the district school nutrition staff is serving free Grab-N-Go Breakfast and Lunch Meals to students who are 18 or younger or individuals with a state-defined mental or physical disability. Meal service for breakfast is available Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. The lunch meal service is Monday- Friday from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Students must present school i.d. cards to receive meals. Parents can receive meals on their children's behalf only if the student is present at the time of pick up.

The locations selected to serve as meal distribution sites effective Monday, March 16, 2020, are Edmonds Elementary, Jackson Elementary, Lake Ridge Elementary, Eddie White Academy, Rex Mill Middle, Kendrick Middle School, North Clayton Middle, Forest Park High, Mundy's Mill High, Riverdale High.

In addition, Clayton County Public Schools is partnering with the Atlanta Food Bank to provide mobile food pantries that will be available to support the families of CCPS students. The Atlanta Food Bank will be held on March 20, 2020, at Forest Park Middle School beginning at 4:00 p.m and at Riverdale Elementary School on March 31, 2020 beginning at 3:00 p.m.

While the district continues to monitor the needs of our families during the spread of COVID-19, leaders are researching additional ways to meet the needs of our diverse population. As a result of  these efforts, Clayton County Public Schools will increase the number of sites currently serving meals on Wednesday, March 18 and partner with the Atlanta Food Bank to provide food and grocery service to five (5) additional locations. While the details of the increased sites and partnership logistics are being finalized, we ask that all parties interested in volunteer opportunities to assist at the Atlanta Food Bank to be determined locations, contact the Clayton County Public Schools Division of Communications via email at (ccpscommunications@clayton.12.ga.us). Additional details will be announced as updates are confirmed.

Update #6 - March 13, 2020

It was announced on Thursday, March 12, 2020, that Clayton County has one confirmed case of Coronavirus (COVID-19). However, please note, according to the Clayton County Board of Health, this report was made in error and there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Clayton County or Clayton County Public Schools (CCPS). With respect to the spread of COVID-19, CCPS will close all schools indefinitely as a result of the pandemic. In light of this decision, all-district and school-based activities have been canceled. Students and employees will not report to campuses or district offices effective Monday, March 16, 2020. As District Leaders continue to monitor and navigate the complexity of the Coronavirus’s impact on our operations, please see the following information relative to instruction, nutrition and healthcare services.

Instructional Resources: Digital Learning Extending Learning Beyond the Classroom

Due to the potential number of days that students could be out of school, students are highly encouraged to continue learning by completing the assignments that teachers will provide as hard copies. Teachers will also post assignments in their online GoogleClassroom for students who have access to the Internet and digital resources. 

Students with special needs are encouraged to complete the assignments that teachers will provide as hard copies. If they have Internet and a digital device, they will be able to log-in to their online GoogleClassroom and complete assignments with accommodations provided through a variety of online tools, supports, and extensions. If individuals do not have access to internet services, please see the subsection “Internet Access - Comcast Essentials” to learn of an offer provided by Comcast. 

Parents are highly encouraged to ensure students have scheduled time each school day to complete their learning assignments. In addition to completing their assignments, students are encouraged to read any book, article, newspaper, etc. of their choice for at least 20 minutes each day.  Parents and students, feel free to reach out to your teacher(s) via email as they will be available to respond. Again, all students are encouraged to continue learning each day to support educational progress even without face-to-face interaction. 

  • Students can access their GoogleClassroom by logging into the CCPS Portal at https://my.clayton.k12.ga.us 
  • To access the portal, each student has personalized credentials; these are the same credentials that should be used to access the program while at home.  Once inside of the CCPS portal, students will also be able to select the learning programs that they use regularly in class as well as their teachers’ GoogleClassroom 

For additional instructional support, students can use the online resources located on the Clayton County Website at: https://tinyurl.com/CCPSExtendsLearningforAll

Internet Access - Comcast Essentials

Families without Internet access can now have Comcast Essentials FREE for up to 60 days. Additionally, Comcast is increasing Internet speed for existing customers. Please see the brief facts below and click HERE (https://corporate.comcast.com/press/releases/internet-essentials-low-income-broadband-coronavirus-pandemic) for more information. All inquiries regarding Comcast Internet should be directed to Comcast.  

  • To receive increased Internet speeds, existing customers will not need to do anything. New speeds will be rolled out nationally over the next few days
  • All NEW customers will receive a free self-install kit that includes a cable modem with a Wi-Fi router. There will be no term contract or credit check and no shipping fee
  • Interested parties can simply visit www.internetessentials.com to receive information or sign up for Internet Essentials. The website includes options to video chat with customer service agents in American Sign Language. There are also two dedicated phone numbers 1-855-846-8376 for English and 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish

Nutrition Services & Mobile Food Pantries

While schools are closed indefinitely, Clayton County Public Schools will serve breakfast and lunch meals at ten (10) preselected sites beginning Monday, March 16, 2020. All meals will be served at all schools on a grab and go basis. Sites selected to participate are Edmonds Elementary, Jackson Elementary, Lake Ridge Elementary, Riverdale Elementary, Eddie White Academy, Rex Mill Middle, Kendrick Middle School, North Clayton Middle, Forest Park High, Mundy's Mill High. Those eligible for this service must be 18 or younger or individuals with a state-defined mental or physical disability.  

Clayton County Public Schools’ willing employees will be utilized for food service on a volunteer basis. Meal service hours are as follows: Breakfast 8:00 am - 9:00 am, Lunch 11:30 am - 1:00 pm.

In addition, Mobile Food Pantries will be available to support families on March 20th  at 4:00 p.m at Forest Park Middle School and March 31st at 3:00 p.m. at Riverdale Middle School.

Healthcare Services 

Non-emergency medical and pre-screening services will continue to be available at the School-Based Health Center at North Clayton High School. Please call 678-426-2800 to make an appointment. Appointments and walk-in services will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m each week. Citizens should contact their medical provider to inquire about Flu or Coronavirus testing. Please refer to the following link for additional community resources:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1lG4zbwfEFG1dqyUG7mO6lRN-JeeGGn96/view?usp=sharing

School-based, District Sponsored, District Associated and Athletic Events As mentioned, during the indefinite district closure, all scheduled events are canceled. The cancellations include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • All CCPS Athletic activities
  • All CCPS School-Based activities
  • Kindergarten Registration (all dates) 
  • STEM Elementary/Transportation Depot Groundbreaking - March 16, 2020
  • New Morrow High School Groundbreaking - March 16, 2020
  • E3 Parent & Family Engagement Expo - March 14, 2020
  • State Mock Trial Championships (Lawrenceville, GA) - March 14-15, 2020
  • State Literary Meet (Kathleen, GA) - March 14, 2020 - postponed TBD
  • Certified Teacher Job Fair - March 21, 2020
  • College and Career Expo - March 21, 2020
  • CCPS-High Museum Art Exhibit Reception - March 22, 2020
  • Perfect Pitch Competition at Clayton State University - March 26, 2020
  • Superintendent’s Critical Conversation Community Meeting - March 26, 2020
  • National Mock Trial Competition - May 2020

 

In relation to organized activities such as Proms, school leaders are asked to contact vendors and venues to inquire about the possibility of postponing these activities. Updates will be shared as information becomes available. District Officials are also in communication with vendors discussing plans relative to the 2020 Commencement Ceremonies. As a precaution, Clayton County Public Schools is considering alternative plans for the aforementioned ceremonies if needed. More details will be shared as plans are finalized.  If there are any events that have not been listed, please contact your child’s school or the appropriate Clayton County Public Schools Department for additional details regarding the status of the event. 

About Clayton County Public Schools

Clayton County Public Schools (CCPS) is fully accredited through AdvancED – Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement. The district offers a focused world-class program based on a challenging curriculum which is taught from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. Serving over 55,000 students, Clayton County Public Schools is ranked among the 100 largest school districts in the U.S. and is the fifth-largest school system in Georgia.


Update #5 - March 12, 2020

Clayton County Public Schools (CCPS) District Officials have announced the closing of all schools until further notice beginning on Monday, March 16, 2020.  This decision is based on the recommendation of the Superintendent after monitoring national and local reports regarding the spread of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). As a precaution district officials are preparing for all possibilities regarding the spread of this virus as well as enhancing preventative measures to safeguard the students and stakeholders of Clayton County Public Schools. These actions are in alignment with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), the State Board of Health and the Clayton County Board of Health (CCBOH). Clayton County Government has reported to the school system that there is one confirmed Coronavirus case that is not related to the school district. The district continues to work collaboratively with the Clayton County Government and the Clayton County Board of Health as it monitors this pandemic to take actions as appropriate.

In addition, all employees who work 200-days or more will report to work. Additionally all Nutrition Staff, Safety and Security personnel. Parents and students can access Digital Learning Day details here. Students that do not have internet to access online resources will be provided hard copies by their respective schools. 

During the scheduled closure, Clayton County Public Schools will continue to process payroll for employees as expected. Employees who must be absent during this closure will be required to submit leave requests (sick, annual or personal) for their absence.

Non-emergency medical and pre-screening services will continue to be available at the School-Based Health Center at North Clayton High School. Please call 678-426-2800 to make an appointment. Appointments and walk-in services will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays of each week. Citizens should contact their medical provider to inquire about Flu or Coronavirus testing. It is encouraged that children and adults with illnesses or vulnerabilities stay home from work or school and avoid other people until they feel better. CCPS district leaders will address all illness-related attendance matters internally according to district policies and, if necessary, at the direction of State Officials in the event of a declared state of emergency. 

Refer to the following link for additional community resources: 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1lG4zbwfEFG1dqyUG7mO6lRN-JeeGGn96/view?usp=sharing

Instructional Resources: Digital Learning Extending Learning Beyond the Classroom

Due to the potential number of days that students could be out of school, students are highly encouraged to continue learning by completing the assignments that teachers will provide as hard copies. Teachers will also post assignments in their online GoogleClassroom for students who have access to the Internet and digital resources. 

Students with special needs are encouraged to complete the assignments that teachers will provide as hard copies. If they have Internet and a digital device, they will be able to log-in to their online GoogleClassroom and complete assignments with accommodations provided through a variety of online tools, supports, and extensions. 

Parents are highly encouraged to ensure students have scheduled time each school day to complete their learning assignments. In addition to completing their assignments, students are encouraged to read any book, article, newspaper, etc. of their choice for at least 20 minutes each day.  Parents and students, feel free to reach out to your teacher(s) via email as they will be available to respond. Again, all students are encouraged to continue learning each day to support educational progress even without face-to-face interaction. Students can access their GoogleClassroom by logging into the CCPS Portal at https://my.clayton.k12.ga.us  To access the portal, each student has personalized credentials; these are the same credentials that should be used to access the program while at home.  Once inside of the CCPS portal, students will also be able to select the learning programs that they use regularly in class as well as their teachers’ GoogleClassroom. For additional instructional support, students can use the online resources located on the Clayton County Website at: https://tinyurl.com/CCPSExtendsLearningforAll.

All District Events Cancelled

All district events scheduled to occur on or after Monday, March 16, 2020 have been cancelled. This includes the Certified Teacher Job Fair (March 21, 2020 -  Elite Scholars Academy), and the College and Career Fair (March 21, 2020 - Mundy’s Mill High School). This also includes all school and district sponsored field trips. 

Nutrition Services 

While schools are closed breakfast and lunch meals will be served at all schools on a grab and go basis. All schools will operate with their regular breakfast and lunch hour schedule. All nutrition managers and workers are required to report to work during regular business hours  

Clayton County Public Schools Athletic Events

Recommended by the Superintendent of Schools, in concert with the Georgia High School Association (GHSA), Clayton County Public Schools has suspended all athletic events scheduled after Friday, March 13, 2020. 

 


Update #4- March 11, 2020 

It is our goal to share accurate and timely information regarding this COVID-19, it is asked that parents, guardians and all stakeholders be aware of rumors and false claims circulating social media and online platforms regarding the virus in relation to Clayton County and Clayton County Public Schools. Please note, as of March 11, 2020, there are no documented or confirmed cases of the Coronavirus in Clayton County. Should this status change, District Officials will take actions that are in alignment with recommendations from the aforementioned health organizations to notify all stakeholders utilizing official Clayton County Public Schools platforms. These platforms include but are not limited to:

 

The CCPS Coronavirus Updates Webpage
Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube) Email Blasts

CCPS Channel 24 (only available to Clayton County Comcast Subscribers) Infinite Campus SchoolMessenger (email)

 

As it relates to planned district and school-based events, it has been determined that all events will be held as scheduled until further notice. Decisions regarding district activities will be made weekly as updates are received from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization, the State Board of Health and the Clayton County Board of Health. 

Please note Clayton County Public Schools will activate and/or alter safety plans as appropriate to protect our students, staff, and stakeholders as needed. Individuals who are sick should visit their health care providers or the Clayton County Board of Health to receive the appropriate medical attention. It is encouraged that children and adults with illnesses stay home from work or school and avoid other people until they feel better. CCPS district leaders will address all illness-related attendance matters internally and at the direction of State Officials in the event of a declared state of emergency.  

Please visit the Additional Resources & Tips tab to view resources from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention as well as ways to protect your family from getting sick. 

CCPS Coronavirus Update 3/11/2019


Update #3 - March 9, 2020

In response to the decision of Fulton County Schools to close due to a confirmed case of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), Clayton County Public Schools (CCPS) leadership is carefully reviewing details of that decision, with special attention to their relation to circumstances in Clayton County. In respect of these details, the leadership has determined that the district will remain open while continuing to closely monitor national, state, regional and local reports related to the virus.

The district is also monitoring the impact of the decision on the Clayton County school employees who have children attending schools in Fulton County. “If members of our staff have children, who attend Fulton County Schools, who are not feeling well, they should remain at home with their children until they start feeling better,” said Dr. Morcease J. Beasley, CCPS Superintendent/CEO. “We will remain in contact with the Clayton County Board of Health, the Georgia Department of Education and other organizations that can provide information on this subject.”

“In the interim, we encourage our stakeholders to be fully aware of recommended preventive practices as they relate to the handwashing, elbow-bumping, and physical contact,” he added.

Currently, there are no confirmed cases of the virus in Clayton County. It is a goal of Clayton County Public Schools to maintain a safe, healthy environment for all. The district’s executive team continues to prepare for all possibilities regarding the spread of this virus. A series of measures to safeguard the students and stakeholders of Clayton County Public Schools have been organized and are being updated as needed at the website below. These actions are in alignment with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization, the State Board of Health, the Clayton County Board of Health and policies set forth by the Clayton County Board of Education. 

CCPS Issues Update Regarding Coronavirus Disease

Update #2 - March 3, 2020


Clayton County Public Schools (CCPS) is continuing to monitor national and local reports regarding the spread of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). While there are currently no documented cases in Clayton County, as a precaution district officials are preparing for all possibilities regarding the spread of this virus as well as enhancing preventative measures to safeguard the students and stakeholders of Clayton County Public Schools. These actions are in alignment with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization, the State Board of Health and the Clayton County Board of Health. Please see the attached document for additional information. 

Click here to view the CCPS Advisory
Click here to view the CDC Factsheet


Update #1 - February 28, 2020
Clayton County Public Schools (CCPS) is monitoring the spread of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) throughout the world and country. While there are currently no documented cases in Clayton County or the State of Georgia, as a precaution, the district’s Division of Student Services has prepared the attached document to inform the community about the virus along with resources as identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As mentioned, district leaders will continue to monitor the status of this virus and will activate district safety plans as appropriate to protect our students, staff, and stakeholders as needed.  

Click here to view the Advisory
Click here to view the CDC Factsheet