COVID-19

The Walton County School District remains in contact with local and state health experts to ensure our staff, students and families have the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19. In addition to notifying parents and faculty via email, we will continue to update this page with pertinent information as the situation evolves. Please take this opportunity to ensure you have provided your child’s school with current contact information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Last Updated 5/6/20
How long are schools going to be closed?
  • In accordance with Governor Brian P. Kemp's mandated school closure, WCSD will remain closed for in-person instruction for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. Distance learning will continue through May 21, 2020. In addition, all school-related travel, extracurricular activities, sports, school events, field trips, etc. will be canceled.

Will students be required to make up these days?
  • Since the district is utilizing at-home learning, at this time these days will not be made up at a later date.
  • State Superintendent Richard Woods has annouced that state-level attendance-related consequences including make-up day requirements have been suspended.

Will prom and graduation ceremonies still be held? 
  • Based on the Governor’s executive order, proms will be postponed and possibly rescheduled. If needed, graduation ceremonies will be held at a later date.
  • Alternative graduation dates for June 18, 19, 20 and July 16, 17, 18 have been set with Monroe Area being first, followed by Loganville and then Walnut Grove. Monroe Area and Loganville ceremonies will be scheduled for 8:00 p.m. and Walnut Grove ceremonies will be at 9 a.m.
What are the expectations for students and parents while schools are closed?
  • WCSD will be providing online assignments and video lessons via Schoology, a single platform accessible on any device that has an internet connection. For additional information about Schoology, please visit http://wcsd.info/Schoology
  • Printed ELA and math worksheets for grades K-8 are available for pick up outside the Central Office located at 200 Double Springs Church Road, Monroe, GA 30656. 
  • Most elementary school students will be able to complete lessons within 30 minutes. We encourage students to complete one lesson per subject each day. Middle school and high school students should continue to work in Schoology as they have up to this point. 
What should I do if my child does not have access to a computer or internet at home?
  • Chromebooks for students who have Internet access at home, but don’t have a device to work on, will be available for pick up at your child’s school on Mondays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Parents will be responsible for any damages that occur while on loan and ensuring the Chromebook returns to school when students return. If you are unavailable during the times listed above, please contact your child’s school to arrange a time to pick up a device.   
  • If you do not have internet access, many national companies are providing additional resources to help families stay connected during this time. Click here for a detailed list of offerings. 

How are grades going to be determined?

  • Following guidance from the Georgia Department of Education, a student’s overall grade will not be negatively impacted by work assigned during the closure; however, students do have opportunities to improve their grades by completing work during this time. Final year end grades will be the March 12 progress grade or higher. There will be no state testing administered this semester.
How will Milestones, End of Course, and End of Grade tests be adminstered?
  • All state tests including Milestones, End-of-Course, End-of-Grade, MAP, GAA 2.0 and GKIDS have been suspended for this year. No CCRPI scores will be issued for the 2019-2020 school year.

How will AP tests be administered? 

  • Traditional face-to-face exam administrations will not take place.
  • Students will take a 45-minute online free-response exam at home.
  • Some students may want to take the exam sooner rather than later, while the content is still fresh.
  • Other students may want more time to practice. For each AP subject, there will be 2 different testing dates.
  • Click here for more details.

Will the SAT and ACT be administered this semester?

  • From College Board (SAT):
    In response to the rapidly evolving situation around the coronavirus (COVID-19), the May 2 and June 6 SAT administrations have been canceled. Makeup exams for the March 14 administration (scheduled for March 28) are also canceled. Registered students will receive refunds. College Board will provide future additional SAT testing opportunities for students as soon as possible in place of canceled administrations. Click here for the most recent updates from College Board.  
  • From ACT:
    The safety of students and test center staff is ACT’s top priority. ACT has rescheduled its April 4th national test date to June 13th across the United States in response to concerns about the spread of COVID-19. All students registered for the April 4th test date will receive an email from ACT in the next few days informing them of the postponement and instructions for free rescheduling to June 13th or a future national test date.

Who should I contact with questions questions regarding specific school events, trips, sports, refunds, etc.?

  •  Please contact your school administrators via email with all school-related questions. 

Will meal service be provide during school closure? 

  • WCSD meal service will not be provided during spring break, April 6-10th. During this time, FISH4Kids will continue delivering lunches. For more information on their program, visit www.fishofwalton.org
  • Beginning April 13th, the district will resume meal service for all students with pickups only available on Mondays and Thursdays from 12-1:30 p.m. at Atha Road, Bay Creek and Monroe Elementary Schools. Between the two pickups, students will receive five days’ worth of breakfast and lunch. Additional information can be found online at bit.ly/COVIDMealService

What should I do about my automatic meal payments in MyPaymentsPlus? 

  • Please suspend any automatic meal payments as would normally do at the end of the school year. Any funds left in accounts will stay until next school year.  

What are the expectations for staff while schools are closed?
  • Certified instructional staff have been asked to work virtually to facilitate learning and answer questions through email and Schoology.
  • Paraprofessionals should follow the lead of the teacher whose classroom they support to assist with digital learning expectations.
  • The Superintendent’s Office will provide additional communication to 240 day staff and other classified employees regarding the need to report based on conditions as they arise.
  • All staff members will be expected to work remotely and be accessible by email when not asked to physically report.  

As an employee who should I contact regarding time off (family medical leave, sick leave and accommodations) related to COVID-19?
  • WCSD employees with specific questions related to COVID-19 absences should contact the Human Resources Department for additional information. 

What should I do if I think I may have been exposed to COVID-19?
  • Stay home. Employees should contact their supervisor. Families should contact their healthcare provider. 
  • Call your healthcare provider if:
    • You feel sick with fever, cough or difficulty breathing.
    • You have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19.
    • You recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19.
  • Follow guidelines from the CDC that can be found here
  • 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, an urgent care clinic, or your local federally qualified healthcare center. Please do not show up unannounced at an emergency room or health care facility. 
    • Hotline: (844) 442-2681

What actions can staff and students take to prevent the spread of viruses?
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Maintain 6ft of distance from you and any other person while out in public or outside of your home. Do not congregate with others.  
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you or your child are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Thoroughly wash or sanitize hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

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