Cherokee County School District

Here are the winners of the Cherokee County School District’s Summer Reading Challenge

Here are the winners of the Cherokee County School District’s Summer Reading Challenge

Students in Cherokee County's elementary, middle, and high schools were busy reading during the summer, as they took part in the school district's summer reading challenge. The school district announced the winners of the challenge this week and the hours spent reading by each school were impressive, to say the least. E.T. Booth Middle school students logged the most minutes reading, with a whopping 16,602 minutes of reading. For those of you who aren't quite sure of the math on that, it comes to almost 277 hours of reading. Avery Elementary School won in the Elementary School category with 8,934…
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Cherokee County will hold virtual learning days to vaccinate teachers

Cherokee County will hold virtual learning days to vaccinate teachers

Students in Cherokee County will have virtual learning days later this month so that their teachers can get vaccinated. All Cherokee County schools will be closed for in-person learning on Thursday, March 11, and Friday, March 12, so the school system can administer COVID-19 vaccinations to employees.  All in-person students will be expected to log on to the Canvas platform for daily instruction. Teachers and staff will report to campus and will be teaching online throughout the day and be available to answer emails during regular school hours.   The exception to this will be the time when the teacher is…
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Cherokee County schools close due to coronavirus surge among staff

Cherokee County schools close due to coronavirus surge among staff

Schools in Cherokee County will be closed at least through Jan. 19 after a coronavirus surge in the county and throughout the school system caused the absence of 400 staff members system-wide. The school system just reopened for in-person learning on Wednesday. "Cases are higher in our community, our state and our nation than ever before.  Health experts are voicing concerns that a new COVID-19 strain now circulating in our nation will spread faster among everyone, including school-age children. Our hospitals are full," Cherokee County School Superintendent Brian Hightower said. "Our dedicated workforce of teachers, staff and substitutes have been…
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Cherokee County School district to provide meals for students on Thanksgiving Break

Cherokee County School district to provide meals for students on Thanksgiving Break

Students in Cherokee County can still get school lunches even while the school system is out for Thanksgiving Break. The school system is offering a special to-go free meal service for all students during the break. Meal pick up will be from 4 to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, at two locations only -- Hasty Elementary School Fine Arts Academy in Canton and Carmel Elementary School in Woodstock -- pickup locations can be chosen by parents on the form they fill out. Students do not have to live in each school’s attendance area to pick up there. All meals will…
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Coronavirus Updates: 15-year-old dies from COVID-19, more school closings

Coronavirus Updates: 15-year-old dies from COVID-19, more school closings

The Georgia Department of Public Health reported the death of a 15-year-old Gwinnett County boy from coronavirus Saturday. The teen becomes the fourth person under age 20 to die from the virus in Georgia and the second youngest person to die statewide. The youngest person to die from coronavirus was a 7-year-old boy from Chatham County. According to the Department of Public Health, the 15-year-old had underlying conditions. A 17-year-old from Fulton County and a 19-year-old from Cobb County are also among the four youngest to die in Georgia. Both had underlying conditions. The 7-year-old did not have any underlying…
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Etowah High School closing due to COVID-19

Etowah High School closing due to COVID-19

Just seven days into the school year, Cherokee County is closing one of its high schools due to a high number of COVID-19 infections. Cherokee County Superintendent Brian Hightower announced Tuesday that Etowah High School would be closing until Aug. 31. The closure is effective at the end of the school day today. According to Hightower, 14 people at the school have tested positive for coronavirus with tests for another 15 students still pending. The school has 294 students and staff currently under quarantine. The school will shift to a digital learning model during the closure. Across the district, there…
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More than 500 students in Cherokee County have been quarantined

More than 500 students in Cherokee County have been quarantined

Cherokee County Schools announced Monday that six students and three staff members had tested positive for coronavirus. As a result, the school system quarantined 49 students Monday. That brings the total number of quarantined students throughout the district to 534. The total number of students who have tested positive now stands at 25. The total number of staff members who have tested positive is 17. Students who tested positive Monday include four students from Cherokee high School, a Kindergartener from Liberty Elementary School and a 12th grader at Creekview High School. Two teachers tested positive at Creekview and one teacher…
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First Week of School: 10 Cherokee school staff members and 11 students test positive for coronavirus

First Week of School: 10 Cherokee school staff members and 11 students test positive for coronavirus

Cherokee County Schools completed their first week of in-person learning Friday. At week's end, the school system reported a total of 10 staff members and 11 students had tested positive for COVID-19. The district announced that six students had tested positive on Friday as well as one staff member. A total of 16 Cherokee County Schools have now been affected by coronavirus infections. Here are the numbers of cases released by the school district as of Friday. SchoolCasesAvery Elementary School1 Staff MemberBall Ground Elementary School STEM Academy2 Staff MembersBascomb Elementary School1 Staff MemberCherokee High School2 StudentsCreekland Middle School1 StudentCreekview High…
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Georgia Schools Chief: Don’t penalize students for expressing their concerns

Georgia Schools Chief: Don’t penalize students for expressing their concerns

Georgia State Superintendent Richard Woods is weighing in on concerns that students are being disciplined for sharing photos of crowded hallways in schools that have reopened. Woods called on school leaders to operate with transparency and said students should not be penalized when they express concerns. "To be very clear, discipline decisions are constitutionally the purview of local boards of education. With that said, I want to encourage our districts and schools to operate with transparency, and to ensure that students and staff are not penalized for expressing their concerns," Woods said. With regard to the crowded hallways. Woods reminded…
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Cherokee County third grader tests positive for coronavirus

Cherokee County third grader tests positive for coronavirus

Another student in Cherokee County has tested positive for coronavirus during the school district's first week of school. In a letter sent to parents Thursday, Holly Springs Elementary School STEM Academy principal Amanda Schoeniger confirmed that a third grader at the school had tested positive for COVID-19. Students who came in close contact with the student who tested positive have been notified and quarantined for 14-days, however the class will continue meeting in person. Today was the fourth day of school in Cherokee County and five students have tested positive for coronavirus this week. Cherokee now has confirmed cases at…
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Cherokee County second grader tests positive for coronavirus

Cherokee County second grader tests positive for coronavirus

On just the second day of school in Cherokee County, a student has tested positive for coronavirus. In a letter to parents, Dr. Ashley Kennerly, principal of Sixes Elementary School said a student in second grade had tested positive for COVID-19. Students who were deemed "close contacts" of the infected student received a personalized correspondence from the school. The impacted class has been closed immediately for 14 days and the class will participate in a remote learning program during the quarantine period. "We continue to encourage all parents to temperature scan and monitor students closely for any sign of potential…
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First day of school photos in Georgia go viral

First day of school photos in Georgia go viral

Georgia made national news Tuesday after photos from the first day of school in two school districts went viral due to the apparent lack of social distancing and safety precautions being shown. Photos from Paulding and Cherokee Counties were shared on social media and were picked up by CNN and TMZ. The photos show packed hallways and group shots of students who are not socially distanced and not wearing masks. As of Tuesday, Georgia had 197,948 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 3,921 people had died from the virus. In Cherokee County, there have been 2,976 cases and 57 deaths. Paulding…
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