ACS Coronavirus Update Center


  • Kindergarten Registration Deadline Extension

    Updated March 26, 2020

    Given the current circumstances due to the public health crisis brought on by COVID-19, Athens City Schools is extending the deadline for kindergarten registration and the kindergarten out-of-zone academy lottery. Parents may continue to register for kindergarten and/or out-of-zone academy placement until further notice. We will update parents with a new registration deadline as new information becomes available. The kindergarten lottery will be conducted on May 13. Register online at www.acs-k12.org/kindergarten

     


    Extended State of Emergency (Online School Through End of the  School Year)

    Thursday, March 26, 2020

    Today Governor Kay Ivey extended the State of Emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic and announced students will not go back to a physical school for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.

    • All students (grades K-12) will begin e-learning or distance learning from home beginning Monday, April 6.
    • Online (or distance) learning is being implemented to continue learning, graduate seniors and prevent “summer slide.”
    • Dr. Eric Mackey, state superintendent of schools, said they (the Alabama State Department of Education) will do all they can to make sure Alabama seniors graduate this year.
    • Students with special needs will maintain an IEP to continue their education and learning.
    • Dr. Mackey said he is extending the official end of the school year to June 5 as needed.  
    • All sports and band activities are canceled through June 5. 
    • Our hope is that special events such as graduation and prom can be rescheduled as public health circumstances improve. 

    While this is difficult news for many families to take in, it is important to keep in mind that these extraordinary measures are being put in place to guard public health and protect human life. The health and safety of our students is paramount.

    Our local school system will make staffing decisions and determinations related to access to school buildings in accordance with all applicable public health orders and the recommendations of the CDC and the ADPH. Athens City Schools (ACS) administrators and leaders are already working to have plans in place that will serve every student in our system. 

    Dr. Holladay and his team will be working with the State Department of Education over the next several days to determine what this will look like for our students, parents, teachers and staff. As new information becomes available, we will share it with you. 

    During this unprecedented time of change and adjustment, we want to remind our school community that we are in a great position to make this move to continue the learning experience for all of our students. Online eLearning is not a new concept for ACS, but rather an extension of a solid platform that we have been building over the last several years. While online learning it is not new to us, the scope is. This adjustment will require patience and a generous grace period for students, parents and teachers alike. While making the switch to eLearning for all students (K-12) will be a new experience for us as a school family, please trust that we will get through this together.

     


    AHS STORM SHELTER CLOSED

    UPDATED MARCH 23, 2020

    The Athens High School storm shelter will NOT be open to the public during severe weather events until further notice. We look forward to providing shelter to our community once again when it is safe after the coronavirus public health crisis has passed. 


    MESSAGE TO PARENTS - SCHOOL CLOSING FOR STATE OF EMERGENCY BREAK

    UPDATED MARCH 18, 2020

    Dear ACS Family,

    We hope this letter will provide you with important information during this unprecedented time of change. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, our campuses will be closed after today until further notice with the exception of limited staff to maintain necessary operations.

    Teachers will not be delivering active instruction over the next two weeks, and students are not expected to complete any school work. However, in an effort to provide resources to parents and students who are interested in working at their own pace, teachers may post optional work for students through their online classroom platforms (Canvas, Google Classroom and SeeSaw). This work is meant only to serve as a support to families who wish to use it. Teachers will be observing the Spring Break holiday between March 30-April 3. 

    We have created a website that is dedicated to helping parents and students gain a better understanding of eLearning in ACS. The site includes a Frequently Asked Questions section for parents. We will answer questions and update this as often as possible. We hope you find the parent site helpful.

    Visit the ACS eLearning Website at acs-k12.org/elearning.

    We will continue to provide free community meal service through March 27. The Full Tummy Project will distribute food items on Wednesday, April 1, from Athens Middle School. Details will come next week. You can find the meal distribution schedule, locations and other important updates at acs-k12.org/coronavirus.

    The State Superintendent's office will make a determination and recommendation on the possible extension of school closure by March 30. We will update you as information becomes available.

    • If during the break you have questions that are urgent and need attention, please email one of the following:

    We wish you and your family well during the break, and we strongly encourage everyone to continue to follow the Centers for Disease Control guidelines and recommendations for social distancing, good hygiene and travel. We will miss seeing our students and families. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay connected. 

    Kind Regards,

    Athens City Schools

     


    Athens City Schools Community Meal Service Update - 

    New Locations Starting Thursday, March 19

    UPDATED MARCH 18, 2020

    Update:  New grab-and-go locations start tomorrow, Thursday, March 19.

    We encourage EVERYONE age 18 and younger to participate! Meals are FREE! 

    THURSDAY, MARCH 19 THROUGH FRIDAY, MARCH 27

    • DATES:  Thursday, March 19 through Friday, March 27 (Weekdays only. No weekend distribution.)
    • TIME:  10:00 am - 12:00 pm

     LOCATIONS

    10 AM - 12 PM

    Athens Elementary School (Clinton St. Campus)
    601 S. Clinton St.
    Athens, AL 35611
    *Located on the corner of S. Clinton St. and Forrest St.

    The Haven
    810 N. Malone St.
    Athens, AL 35611
    *Located on the corner of N. Malone and 5th Ave.

     

    • Meals will be available at the two locations listed above (AES and The Haven)
    • Meals will be distributed “Grab-and-Go” style (drive up or walk up)
    • We will provide 2 meals daily (1 breakfast and 1 lunch meal)
    • There must be at least 1 person in the vehicle (or walking) who is 18 or younger
    • At the grab-and-go, you will tell us the number of meals needed for children (18 and younger) in your household
    • All children 18 and younger can receive food AT NO COST whether they are an ACS student or not

    WEEK OF SPRING BREAK (MARCH 30-APRIL 3) .  We will notify our school community and post information to social media when the details are finalized.

     


     SCHOOLS OPEN MONDAY, MARCH 16.    ELEARNING IS OPTIONAL ON MONDAY, TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY.    CAMPUSES CLOSED TO STUDENTS BEGNINNING TUESDAY, MARCH 17.    ALL SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED COMPLETELY (NO ELEARNING) BEGINNING THURSDAY, MARCH 19.

    UPDATED MARCH 15, 2020

    • All ACS schools will go to Level 2 eLearning on Tuesday and Wednesday (no students at school).
    • Level 2 eLearning means that students DO NOT report to school. Teachers and staff report to campus and will be available to support parents and students with eLearning assignments as students work from home Tuesday and Wednesday.
    • Beginning Thursday, March 19, all ACS schools are closed completely for 2 weeks. There will be no eLearning during this time. 
    • The tentative return date for students is April 6. This date is subject to change. We will update our students and families as information becomes available.
    • We understand that everything is changing quickly, and we thank you for your patience as we navigate this crisis.
    • As a clarification - you may choose to send your child to school on Monday or keep him/her at home. eLearning is available on Monday as an option if you choose to use it. If you choose to use it, simply email your homeroom teacher for details on eLearning.

     


    ACS OFFERS ELEARNING OPTION FOR STUDENTS FOR MONDAY-WEDNESDAY NEXT WEEK

    UPDATED MARCH 14, 2020

    • Athens City Schools (ACS) will be open and classes will be in session Monday, March 16 through Wednesday, March 18. During these three days, ACS will offer eLearning as an option for students and families. 
    • eLearning days will not count against a student’s attendance or exam exemption. eLearning days are available to any student by request. There is no need to fill out a form. 
    • Parents and students in grades K-8 can request eLearning days by contacting their student's homeroom teacher. Teachers will arrange the best method for receiving assignments. 
    • Students in grades 9-12 will find assignments in Canvas, the ACS online Learning Management System (LMS). Students should use their GMail account for all communications with Athens High School.
    • Teacher email addresses are available on each school’s website. Parents in grades K-5 can contact their teacher through SeeSaw as well.  
    • Beginning Thursday, March 19, all ACS schools will be closed under Governor Kay Ivey’s State of Emergency and per the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) mandate. Schools will remain closed for a minimum of 2 weeks. The ALSDE will determine a return date in the coming weeks, and families will be notified as information becomes available. Currently, the plan for ACS is to return following the scheduled Spring Break holiday.
    • ACS strongly encourages families and employees to follow the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations concerning travel. 
    • ACS will continue to follow the lead of the State of Alabama, Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) and the CDC.
    • Because this is an ever-evolving situation, ACS asks that parents monitor the district website and social media periodically for updates.

     


     STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARED. SCHOOLS WILL CLOSE BEGINNING MARCH 19 UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

    UPDATED MARCH 13, 2020

    • Alabama Governor Kay Ivey has declared a State of Emergency in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Effective at the close of business on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, Athens City Schools (ACS), along with all schools in the state, will close for 2.5 weeks.
    • There will be no eLearning days.
    • There will be no school-related activities from the end of business Wednesday, March 18 until further notice.
    • Under a State of Emergency, these school days will be forgiven and no makeup days will be required.
    • The Governor’s office, along with the Alabama Department of Public Health and the State Superintendent’s office, will reevaluate some time during the week of March 30. They will make a decision concerning a return date for students.
    • We will update our families when new information is made available.
    • As a community connected by education, the school district’s primary concern is always for the well-being of all students and employees. We encourage our school community to continue to follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on good hygiene, travel and social distancing.

     


    TRAVEL RECOMMENDATIONS 

    UPDATED MARCH 9, 2020

    • We strongly encourage our ACS family to follow the CDC recommendations concerning travel. You can click on the interactive map to find the area to which you plan to travel to find the latest travel health information. Please keep in mind that this information is updated often by the CDC. We are closely monitoring our field trips and will make adjustments as needed to ensure student and employee safety to the best of our ability. We are following the lead of the State of Alabama, Alabama Department of Public Health and the CDC.

     


    THE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS: MESSAGE TO ACS FAMILIES

    UPDATED MARCH 3, 2020

    Information on the Coronavirus

    Dear Athens City Schools Families:

    Athens City Schools (ACS) 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 ACS, we will notify staff and parents/guardians within the school community. 

    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 Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH). The school district has the ability to allow e-learning (online) days 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 as clean as possible, and soap/hand sanitizer containers full. 

    ACS 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. Students should remain at home until fever has been gone for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicines.
    • Cough or sneeze into an elbow or use a tissue and place immediately in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. 

    ACS encourages families to follow the CDC’s information for travel. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions. Email beth.patton@acs-k12.org or call the Athens City Schools Board of Education at 256.233.6600 

    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.

     

Parent Guide to Coronavirus - March 12, 2020

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