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Schools Closing March 16th

posted Mar 13, 2020, 8:54 AM by Tobie Jones
Dear Parents,

Commerce City Schools has been closely monitoring coronavirus (COVID-19) with guidance from the CDC, Georgia Department of Public Health, Jackson County Health Department, Jackson County Emergency Management Agency, and the Georgia Department of Education. As the situation has continued to change rapidly, our top priority remains the health and safety of our school community. 

Governor Brian Kemp issued a “call to action” and asked school leaders to consider closing for two weeks to limit the spread of this virus. While there are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Jackson County, in the greater interest of public health, Commerce City Schools will be closed beginning Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20.  On Friday, March 20, the system will reassess the situation for a determination about the following week. During this closing, there will be no extracurricular activities, sports, school events, or field trips. As additional information and guidance is provided, updates will be shared.

While our schools are closed, meals will be provided and delivered by school buses each day to be picked up at designated locations.  The meal will consist of a lunch and snack with milk (water will also be available).  Meal pick-up locations and times:

10:45 AM- 11:00 AM    Homer Road, parking lot beside Crestwood Village
10:45 AM-11:00 AM     Quality Foods parking lot
11:15 AM-11:30 AM       World of Kids parking lot
11:15 AM-11:30 AM       Lanier Tech/Jackson County Health Department parking lot
11:00AM- 11:30 AM      Commerce City Schools Board of Education parking lot

During the school closure, teachers will be providing online instruction to students.  If your child is in need of a Chromebook to complete assignments online, parents may come to the school(s) during the designated times below on Monday, March 16, to check-out a Chromebook.  Parents must sign a waiver to check-out a Chromebook.  

7:30 AM-9:00 AM  Commerce Elementary School and Commerce Middle School  (Please enter through the front entrance.)
2:30 PM-4:00 PM  Commerce Elementary School and Commerce Middle School  (Please enter through the front entrance.)

During the week of March 16-20, schools and buses will continue to be cleaned and disinfected using COVID-19 approved cleaners. We ask our families to wash backpacks, coats, and jackets as soon as possible as well.

Your child(ren)’s teachers and principals will be sending out information regarding digital and distance learning in the near future.  During school today, our teachers are working with students to prepare them for the school closing next week.

Especially in this uncertain time, we appreciate our community for their continued support. Please take the necessary precautions to keep yourself, your families, and the broader community safe.


Sincerely,

Joy R. Tolbert
Superintendent
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