Daily Coronavirus Updates on Closings and Operations HERE!
Updated 4/3/20 @1 pm
Thank you for your patience as we continue to work on details regarding the end of the 2019-20 school year.
Please see the Superintendent's Letter to the Class of 2020 for information on graduation, prom, and other senior week events. High school principals will share additional information the week of April 13.
We are also working on a plan for elementary, middle and high school grading for the remainder of the current school year and will share details the week of April 13.
Please check your school's website after Spring Break for information relative to other k-12 school events scheduled for the conclusion of the current school year and/or the start of the 2020-21 school year. Have a safe and restful break.
Updated 4/2/20 @10 am
In following the Governor's Executive Order, from April 1-13, all FCS schools and facilities will be physically closed to all employees, with a few operational employees/contractors as exceptions. During Spring Break, 4/6-10, FCS staff will not be working virtually.
Updated 4/1/20 @4 pm
Just prior to 4:00 this afternoon school superintendents were informed by email that Governor Kemp would announce to the public his decision that schools will remain closed for in-person instruction for the remainder of this school year and that a statewide shelter-in-place order will begin this Friday through April 13. In the coming days, the State will share more details and address the logistical and policy issues created by these actions.
FCS understands that students, staff, and parents/guardians have many questions regarding these decisions. Once we have more information from the State, we will be able to share what the remainder of our school year will look like for all involved with our school district.
Thank you for your continued patience as we work through these unprecedented times. We appreciate your continued support to keep our students and staff safe.
Updated 3/26/20 @12:30 pm
Governor Kemp has mandated that schools will remain closed for in-person instruction through April 24, with students returning on Monday, April 27.
During this time, FCS will continue online learning and all schools and facilities will remain closed to non-essential employees and the public. Student meal drive-thru and delivery will also occur, with the exception of Spring Break. All school activities, events, and athletics will not occur until we reopen. More details will be shared prior to April 27.
While we are anxious to return to our normal routines, especially for our senior class, we encourage all members of our FCS family to continue to be flexible and patient for the safety of our students and staff. We appreciate your continued support.
Updated 3/24/20 @ 3:30 pm
Updated 3/24/20 @10:15 am
We are continuing our current meal drive-thru and mobile pantry schedules, but have modified our meal delivery slightly. Beginning this week, we are delivering two days a week - Mondays (two days of meals provided) and Wednesday (three days of meals provided). The locations and times have not changed.
Updated 3/19/20 @ 9:30 am
In addition to FCS online learning 3/16-4/3/20 and scheduled reopening on 4/13/20, all schools, the Board of Education/Professional Learning Center (BOE/PDC), other district facilities will be closed to the public and non-essential FCS employees 3/19-4/3/20.
Essential FCS staff will work at these locations during normal operational hours, but the majority of staff will work remotely. Staff remaining on-site will practice social distancing while assisting students, staff, parents/guardians and the public through email, phone, itslearning or the district website. FCS staff will also be deep cleaning during this time period in preparation for when we return after Spring Break.
FCS will continue feeding students and families from 3/16-4/3/20. Please see the drive-thru, delivery and mobile pantry options provided daily at designated FC schools/by FCS staff. Student registration for 2020-21 Kindergarten and the current school year will be completed virtually until 4/13/20; continue to visit this website for more information and view the itslearning status here.
Updated 3/18/20 @ 2 pm
The end of the third quarter was Thursday, March 12, 2020, which marks the mid-term grading period for the second semester. Grades will not be sent home as paper report cards; they are posted in Parent Portal and in Campus Student. Grades at this point are in progress, meaning they are not final until the end of the semester on May 22, 2020.
Updated/3/17/20 @ 4:25 pm
Message from itslearning: Unprecedented school closings around the world have resulted in extraordinary increases in usage of the Itslearning platform. As a result, Itslearning will be performing critical system upgrades today starting at 22:00 CET (5 pm EST). During this upgrade, you may not be able to access some of the features in itslearning. Disabled features during upgrade: Assignments, Library and Page.
We are very sorry for the late notice, but we do this to help manage the current workload and provide our customers with a more stable and scalable solution going forward. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.
Updated 3/17/20 @ 10 am
We understand your frustration with itslearning. We are frustrated too.
itslearning serves school systems all around the world. They are in constant communication with us and have engineers working around the clock to resolve the capacity issues. They are telling us that they hope to have the issues resolved soon.
Teachers and principals are aware of the issues and are being asked to be very flexible with students. Students will not be penalized for something that is out of their control. As we move forward, we will re-evaluate and make contingency/alternate plans as needed. Thank you for your continued patience. Please continue to communicate with your teachers (many are moving assignments to be accessed elsewhere).
Updated 3/17/20 @ 8:53 am
Governor Kemp has ordered the closure of all schools until Tuesday, March 31. Forsyth County Schools (FCS) plans to resume a normal operating schedule on Monday, April 13, after the conclusion of our Spring Break. Online learning will continue through Friday, April 3 and a decision on when/if we will resume activities, field trips and athletics will be made at a later date.
We recognize and understand that this time holds many unknowns, which is why it is more important than ever for our teachers and staff to remain flexible and continue supporting our students. Our district will continue to monitor the coronavirus and appreciate your patience. We will get through this and come out stronger by supporting each other.
Updated 3/17/20 @ 8:42 am
Message from itlearning: Due to the unprecedented global move to online learning, we are experiencing user volumes that are several times greater than we have experienced before. Our operations team has been working around the clock since last week to adapt and expand our technology stack so that we can serve all of our customers around the world and ensure that Itslearning is available in this time of great need.
At present we are experiencing peak demand in Europe as it is mid-afternoon there. This is leading to some delays and sluggishness, and in some cases, unavailability of the platform. We are already beginning to see U.S. users coming online and this is compounding the challenge globally.
We expect the European demand to begin dropping in the next hour or two, and by 10AM ET performance of the platform for U.S. customers will be restored to normal or near-normal levels. However, between now and 10AM ET, we expect the majority of Forsyth County users to encounter sluggish performance or be directed to the following landing page: https://itslearning.com/global/temporarily-unavailable/
We ask for your understanding and cooperation in messaging to your user base that for the best experience, they should plan their Itslearning-related activities to occur after 10AM this morning.
We continue to monitor platform performance and if the global demand and platform performance are favorable before 10AM, we will alert you and you can give your constituents the “all clear”. Thank you for your collaboration as we navigate these new and uncertain times.
Updated 3/16/20 @ 7:05 pm
Governor Kemp has ordered the closure of all schools until Tuesday, March 31. We will provide more information to our community on March 17. Please note that online learning will continue. Spring Break (April 6-10) will still take place as scheduled.
Updated 3/16/20 @ 10:45 am
Updated 3/13/20 @3:31 pm
We are still registering Kindergarten students for 2020-21 and new students for the current school year (they will start when we reopen). Visit https://www.forsyth.k12.ga.us/Page/46421 for more information.
Updated 3/13/20 @2:40 pm
On Monday, March 16, 2020, through Friday, March 20, 2020, Forsyth County Schools will be offering free meal pick-up service for all students on the campuses of Sawnee ES and Whitlow ES from 12 – 1 pm. This is open to all public and private school students in Forsyth County, pre-school to age 18 (21 for special needs students).
Students MUST BE present with the adult during pick-up. We will be providing two free meals – one lunch for the day, one breakfast for the following day – via a drive-thru service.
- Sawnee ES: 1616 Canton Highway, Cumming, GA 30040
- Whitlow ES: 3655 Castleberry Road, Cumming, GA 30040
If you would like to assist others in our community in regards to COVID-19, please make food donations to The Place of Forsyth County and financial donations to United Way of Forsyth County at www.unitedwayforsyth.com/donatenow. A needs list, which also includes an Amazon ordering option, and drop-off address are posted at https://www.theplaceofforsyth.org/
Thank you for your continued support as we work together as one community to keep all in the Forsyth County Schools’ family healthy and safe!
Updated 3/12/20 @ 8:55 pm
Friday, March 13, is a scheduled Professional Learning Day (no school for students) for Forsyth County Schools (FCS). For the week of March 16-20, FCS will hold Online Learning Days. On Thursday, March 19, the school system will announce its plans for March 23-27, following a thorough review of the COVID-19 situation at that time.
All FCS events and activities are cancelled effective 6 a.m. Friday, March 13, until further notice. This includes all school events, extracurricular activities, school-related trips, community school events, and facility rentals.
During next week’s Online Learning Days, all teachers who are leading lessons for students will work from home. Plans for all other categories of employees will be communicated on Friday, March 13.
Students may retrieve their books/personal materials or check out technology from their school on Friday, March 13 during normal operating hours.
Updated 3/11/20 @9:25 am
Our Superintendent and district staff participated in the State's coronavirus webinar on the morning of 3/11, which included information from Governor Brian Kemp, State Superintendent Richard Woods and the Georgia Department of Public Health. At this time, the Georgia Department of Public Health stated that it is still safe for healthy children to attend school. There are no changes to State assessments and teacher resources for school closures are available on the Georgia Department of Education website.
Forsyth County Schools (FCS) does NOT have a confirmed case of coronavirus in our schools. We are continuing additional cleaning of schools and buses, implementing proactive health practices, and have a detailed plan in place if we were to close school(s). If you have questions relative to school events/activities or attendance, please contact your school directly.
We encourage all community members to stay home when they are sick, seek medical treatment, and to remain calm. Flu shots are still available and are great recommendations for overall health.
Updated 3/10/20 @5:30 pm
We are aware of the recent decision of Fulton County Schools (closing all 106 schools and administrative and support offices for 3/10 and 3/11; the employee that tested positive was at two South Fulton schools in Fairburn and East Point) in regards to the coronavirus. Forsyth County Schools (FCS) does NOT have a confirmed case of coronavirus in our schools. We will continue to monitor the virus and actions of other school districts closely and post all information on this website.
Updated 3/4/20 @11:10 am
Originally Posted 1/30/20
Forsyth County Schools (FCS) does NOT have a confirmed case of coronavirus in our schools. Our hearts go out to those personally affected around the globe by this virus. If this were to occur in FCS, we will notify staff and parents/guardians within the school if they may have close contact with a person with symptomatic, laboratory-confirmed COVID-19.
We are aware of the concerns of our community and have been following the information and guidance provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Georgia Department of Public Health. The school district has had online learning days over the past six years for inclement weather and could use this option if needed for health reasons.
We are closely monitoring the health and attendance of our students and staff. We are also working hard to keep surfaces used often in our schools and on our buses as clean as possible, and soap/hand sanitizer containers full.
At this time, we are not canceling current or future activities, athletics and field trips. As always, student participation in field trips or extracurriculars in and outside the county, state or country is an individual family’s decision. (Added 3/3)
FCS will continue to follow CDC recommendations to prevent any infection of a respiratory virus, which includes:
· Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
· Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
· Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
· Stay home when sick.
· Cough or sneeze into an elbow or use a tissue and place immediately in the trash.
· Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
If a student or staff member shows respiratory symptoms, our school nurses will follow standard precautions and work with our district departments and the Health Department to further research individual/family travel histories.
FCS encourages families to follow the CDC’s information for travel. We request that parents/guardians notify their school principal if a child or member of their family has been to a country listed on the CDC’s Level 3 Travel Health Notice list and recently returned to our community. Out of an abundance of caution, we request that these children wait for the 14-day incubation period (beginning the day of return to the U.S.) to expire before enrolling in school or returning to school. This is a self-reporting request, not a mandate. We will not count these absences, and children will be provided online learning during this period and technology/access if needed.
Effective 3/3/2020: If an FCS employee, substitute or a member of their household has been to a country listed on the CDC’s Level 3 Travel Health Notice list and recently returned to our community, they are required to inform their supervisor and follow the 14-day incubation period (beginning the day of return to the U.S.) before coming to work.
Please help to keep our students and staff safe by staying informed, practicing good hygiene, and staying home or keeping children home if they have been running a fever or are exhibiting signs of a fever.
- CDC Coronavirus (2/20)
- Tips to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 (2/20)
- Coronavirus Myths vs Facts (3/3)
- Understanding the Coronavirus (Video) (3/3)
- Seasonal Flu vs Pandemic Flu (Infographic) (3/3)
- Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus (3/4)
- Dates Countries were added to CDC Level 3 List:
- 2/22 China
- 2/24 South Korea
- 2/28 Iran and Italy