While we’ve tried to answer as many questions as possible with the information detailed on this website, we realize that there may still be some unanswered questions remaining. Please read through our list of FAQs below for answers to the most commonly asked questions. This page is constantly being updated, so please check back often.

If you have further concerns not addressed in the FAQs, please direct your questions to: learningeverywhere@cobbk12.org. Questions submitted to this address will be answered on this page so everyone in the District can benefit from the information. Thank you for being patient with us during this stressful and unusual time.

Student Success remains our primary goal!

About These Decisions

Over the last few months a large team of district leaders, including more than 100 principals, assistant principals, teachers, and district personnel combined their over 400 years of education experience to answer the most pressing questions our district is facing. This diverse team pored over research and data, surveyed our stakeholders, and tested various solutions before arriving at the answers which seem best for our community. We are so appreciative of the many hours of labor and conversation that they’ve invested in ensuring that Cobb Schools continues to provide the highest level of academic excellence and support for all of our students.

All our decisions our based on the health and safety of our staff and students and guided by public health officials, as well as, state officials like Governor Brian Kemp and the Georgia Department of Education.

School Logistics

Students will have support and direct instruction from a teacher. Once re-entry is determined, options will be communicated.

During the July Board Meeting, Superintendent Chris Ragsdale announced that our district will be moving to full remote to begin the 2020-2021 school year.  Since COVID-19 became part of our daily life here in Cobb, the Superintendent has relied on state and county public health experts to inform decision-making which prioritizes student and staff safety.  An overview the school day for Pre-K through 12th grade is available here: https://www.cobblearningeverywhere.com/prek-12-overview/

If a class requires a textbook, a pick-up process will be provided by the local school.

The attendance policies will be the same as a traditional school year. Students will be expected to attend and participate in the school day, and attendance will be taken at the beginning of the day for Elementary, and each class period for Middle and High.

Students will be taught by a Cobb Schools teacher at the local school. Schedules will be provided by the school.

Multiple opportunities for instructional support will be provided during the school day, as well as, on Wednesdays.

Select elective courses may not be offered first semester as the curriculum requires hands-on or Face-to-Face interactions such as some third level CTAE courses or Ceramics.

The District’s intent is to support access to all students even those in multiple-child households. If your family needs access to a device, please contact your local school to make your request. The district will provide as many as we are able, though not every request can be accommodated.

Students will be expected to stay logged in during portions of synchronous learning as they would in a traditional setting. Asynchronous portions of the day do not require students to be logged onto a device.

Students will submit assignments through CTLS Learn.

While the district is all virtual, students will not be required to attend in-person instruction at local school sites. Select elective courses may not be offered first semester as the curriculum requires hands-on or Face-to-Face interactions such as some third level CTAE courses or Ceramics.

All extraccuricular activities, with the exception of fall sports, are currently postponed while the District is learning remotely.

Specials and Connections will be scheduled during the school day with 30 minutes a day for elementary and 50 minutes a day for middle school.

Guidance for band, orchestra, and chorus has been provided through the sample schedules, and example lessons will be provided. Professional learning trainings are also being provided to teachers during pre-planning so they are best equipped to deliver these courses remotely. Further details will be provided by your teachers as they build remote band, orchestra, and chorus courses.

Local schools will work to meet the needs of individual students as instruments are available.

We are waiting on the State to determine if the waiver will be approved for Milestones and GAA, GKIDS, and ACCESS. Iowa, CoGat, and PSAT 8/9 will be considered for Spring administration if students return to face-to-face learning.

School Nutrition

Starting on August 17—the first day of school—parents will be able to pick-up prepaid meal kits for the entirety of the week. Meal kits are available to all currently enrolled CCSD students. Most Cobb schools will schedule meal kit pick-ups on Mondays between 4:00-6:00 p.m. for those families who have completed the online pre-order process on MyPaymentsPlus. Specific times and dates will be located on the pre-order form. Families will be able to submit pre-orders starting on August 11.

Yes, families will need to save the meal kit order confirmation provided at the end of the online pre-ordering process and provide it when they pick-up the meal kits at the designated time. When parents arrive at the pick-up location, they will show the confirmation number along with their student’s name and student ID number. Students do not need to be present to pick up meal kits.

Cobb Schools Food and Nutrition Services cannot take food donations. Please direct food donations directly to MUST. If you would like to make a monetary donation, visit the Cobb Schools Foundation website.

Meal kits are available to all currently enrolled CCSD students. Families will need to save the meal kit order confirmation provided at the end of the online pre-ordering process and provide it when they pick-up the meal kits at the designated time. When parents arrive at the pick-up location, they will show the confirmation number along with their student’s name and student ID number.

We are providing a drive-through service to limit exposure for everyone including Cobb Schools staff, volunteers, and community members.

No, any money currently on your meal account cannot be used for meal kit payment. Funds will be available for use once students return to schools for in-person meals. Requests for refunds can also be submitted on the Cobb Schools Food and Nutrition Services website.

Facility Cleaning

The District will continue to implement all best practices and materials at our disposal to keep each facility as clean as possible. District protocols follow the guidance of public health officials. Cobb maintenance personnel have worked around the clock to make sure each school is clean for students and staff and are routinely cleaning surfaces ( e.g., doorknobs, light switches, countertops ) with effective cleaning solutions approved by public health officials.

Health Services

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness. The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Contact COVID-19 Hotline: The State of Georgia has a new COVID-19 hotline. If you believe that you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, please contact your primary care doctor or an urgent care clinic. Please do not show up unannounced at an emergency room or health care facility.

Hotline: (844) 442-2681

High School Remote Learning

Students will follow the schedule of the local school.

In most cases, teachers will utilize CTLS Learn to deliver the same curriculum as classes offered face-to-face. CTLS Learn is a single platform where teachers can post assignments and supplemental resources, where students can submit work, and where live sessions can be conducted. Students in CTLS Learn courses will log into the course each day following the bell schedule of their school. Daily instruction through CTLS may include an explanation of an assignment, live instruction (recorded for later viewing), question and answer sessions, class activities or individualized support.

Students will follow the schedule of the local school. For sample schedules go to https://www.cobblearningeverywhere.com/prek-12-overview/

Certified teachers will teach all classes.

Yes, if there are not enough students registered for a course in the remote environment, it will not be offered. Also, we have determined some courses cannot be effectively taught in the remote environment.

Once the remote courses are created, counselors will contact any student for an alternative option when none of the primary and alternate course selections are available.

All graded assignments will be included in the gradebook. The grading and credit earned will NOT follow the policies of last spring.

Yes, attendance will be taken daily.

The student code of conduct is still applicable for remote learners.

Students will be expected to attend their remote classes each school day.
The schedule has been modified to accommodate the fully virtual environment designated by district on July 16. Portions of teacher-guided instruction may be recorded for review, but students are expected to be available for synchronous lessons.

For the safety of our students and staff, the Cobb Schools band directors announced that Cobb bands will not participate in competitive marching band season in Fall 2020.

Yes, based on guidance from the Georgia High School Sports Association (GHSA), all fall sports are currently scheduled. On July 20, the GHSA Board of Trustees voted unanimously to delay the start of football season for two weeks—from August 21 to September 4.

We will continue to try and offer as face-to-face option in October where possible. PSAT is not available digitally.

Support Services

Yes, the District will continue to support students with AC content and curriculum during full remote learning.

Dual Language Immersion classes will be offered during the 2020-2021 school year at existing locations but may look different than a face-to-face model. DLI English and Spanish lessons will be facilitated, based on district vetted frameworks and lessons that teachers will facilitate instruction from.

English Learner support will be embedded throughout the digital instructional day for elementary, middle, and high school, using the same delivery models used for face-to-face instruction.

Gifted services will be provided for all eligible students.

Elementary Target classes will continue to be held one day per week. Synchronous and asynchronous portions of the day will be consistent with the regular academic schedule. Local schools will communicate the days Target classes will meet.

Gifted middle school and high school students will continue to be served through advanced content, honors, and AP courses.

Individual Education Plan (IEP) teams will collaborate to determine the most appropriate special education supports and services during remote learning, through the Distance Learning Plan process. Sample schedules for elementary, middle, and high school self-contained program classes provide examples of how the day might be structured to include content areas, as well as meet IEP goals and objectives. 

Training will be provided for all Special Education teachers and SSAs to support students with an IEP or 504. Sample special education schedules are available here.  Training is also being shared with school principals.

Eligibility does not expire. So we would revisit the student’s needs the following year if the student returns to school. An IEP team would be convened upon student re-enrollment.

Yes, the Target schedule has already been shared, and District leaders are working with teachers and schools to assist with individual schedules.

Yes, Speech is a special education service and will still be provided.

Yes, both Honors and AP classes will still be available to students during Full Remote learning.

CTLS

Yes, digital training resources will be available to parents on CTLS Learn and CTLS Parent. Students and parents will have access to training documents and videos in English and in Spanish via a public facing CTLS support site.

Yes, everyone will be trained on Cobb’s New Teaching and Learning System (CTLS). Training will be ongoing both synchronously and asynchronously. Student and parents will have access to training documents and videos in English and in Spanish via a public facing CTLS support site