Dawson County work session; COVID decrease “encouraging”

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Dawson County work session

The Dawson County Board of Education met for their 5 p.m. work session to go over a list of topics on their agenda in preparation for their meeting next Tuesday evening.

The meeting covered a range of topics, including additions to the College and Career Academy, out-of-state field trips and more.

As of Sept. 1, there were seven positive cases reported among students. Vice Chair Elaine Wilson said the COVID numbers are down, which she said is “encouraging.”

Superintendent Damon Gibbs said something they are looking forward to are the field trips for their Future Farmers of America, if COVID does not stop them from pursuing their out-of-state trips.

The BOE intend to hold an in-person career fair, with hopes that COVID will allow that to be possible. In previous years, there has also been mock interviews, which will be planned around the same time as the career fair.

An upcoming teacher program is being constructed to offered to all students in Dawson County. The program will be designed to give students credit to finalize their degree, as well as have opportunities to come back and intern or student teach in the county.

Dawson County Schools encourage COVID precautions

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Dawson COVID precautions

DAWSON COUNTY, Ga.- With the school year for Dawson County already well underway, several precautions have been taken in the “best interest” of the students in the county for a safe school year, amid COVID-19.

“This time of the year, there are all kinds of changes [in the first few weeks of school],” Tiffany Davis, executive assistant to superintendent of Dawson County Schools, said.

The first couple weeks of the school year is when students are deciding on a school, as well as making the change from in-person to virtual as well. According to the Dawson County School District’s website, a total of 3,676 are enrolled, with 523 staff members.

There is a total of 14 positive COVID cases and one staff member.

Hershel Bennett, assistant superintendent for human resources and operations, stated this school year has been more involved on the back end of things to prepare for the arrival of students again in the fall.

“There’s a lot more work [that was] put in [during] the summer,” Bennett said.

Within the schools, there’s constant cleaning, directional arrows – as well as encouragement of masks – and social distancing with each portion to the day including lunch. Bennett explained that the schools are dispersing students to sit in classrooms, while socially distancing, and in cafeteria or lunch spaces.

Bennett claimed approximately 15% of families in the Dawson County School District are attending school online, but that will most likely fluctuate throughout the school year.

Online student login to a classroom similar to the image above.

“Continually having to be flexible and have a plan ready to start school was a key to getting started this year,” Bennett stated.

The school district is taking several steps to keep the students safe, including:

  • Buses have assigned seats; siblings next to one another, being socially distant when possible
  • Social distancing within schools, with directional arrows
  • Use of masks is encouraged
  • Created water refill stations; closed water fountains
  • Lunch schedules are extended

Bennett said the district will continue to keep the students safe and put them first, as they have been, to give the best learning experience. According to Bennett, Dawson County COVID cases have dropped each week.

“Our schools have done an exceptional job with social distancing, contact tracing and making sure that the students are following as many guidelines as they can to keep them safe,” Bennett said.

Dawson County Schools issues statement about COVID-19 testing

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DAWSON COUNTY, Ga. – The Dawson County School System issued the following statement via REMIND, a private mobile messaging platform that aims to help teachers, parents, students, and administrators in K–12 schools to communicate with everyone at once:

“Based on the of Public Health guidance, any person that is being tested or has been tested for COVID-19 should remain at home until the test results come back. The Dawson County School System prioritizes the health and safety of our students, staff, and employees. If your child tests positive for COVID-19, please notify your child’s principal immediately.”

 

 

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Dawson Co. Schools will close for one week beginning March 16

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DAWSON COUNTY, Ga. – Dawson County Schools will be closed beginning on Monday, March 16 and will remain closed until Monday, Mar. 20 in light of Gov. Brian Kemp’s call to action regarding the COVID-19 virus. The school district will monitor the situation closely to see if an extended closing is necessary.

Dawson Schools have online learning day Friday

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“Due to concerns with hazardous road conditions caused by dropping temperatures, Dawson County Schools will have an online learning day on Friday, February 21. Elementary schools will follow “B” schedule. As always the safety of our students and staff is our primary concern. 12 month employees report when safe to do so.”

Dawson County schools on 2-hour delay Tuesday

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“Due to pooling water on roadways and more rain in the forecast, Dawson County Schools will operate on a 2 hour delay Tuesday, February 11, 2020. We will be working with EMS and evaluating the situation overnight. As always, the safety of our students and staff is our main concern.”

No serious injuries in school bus accident at Hwy. 53 today

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — At 7:27 a.m. today Dawson County E911 received a call for an accident involving a school bus versus dump truck, in the area of Hwy. 53 East and Jack Heard. The incident was initially reported as no injuries. After several minutes, several students began to complain of minor injuries at which point Dawson County Fire & EMS were dispatched at 7:44 a.m.

Dawson County Emergency Services and the Board of Education began notification to parents for those students with injuries. A total of six students, with non-life-threatening injuries, were transported by EMS to Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

Dawson County EMS obtained a total of four patient/parental refusals. A total of twelve students were transferred to a second bus and transported to their various schools within the district.

The cause of the accident is under investigation by the Georgia State Patrol.

For more information, please contact Chief Thompson at 678-410-1738

 

 

BREAKING NEWS: Dawson County schools will be closed Tuesday

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Dawson County Schools Superintendent announced today that Dawson County Schools  will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 29.  Students will have an online learning day (Elementary B Day).

Dawson schools set “Online Learning Day” Tuesday

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Dr. Damon Gibbs

At 5:15 p.m. today Monday (Dec. 11), Dawson County School Superintendent Dr. Damon Gibbs issued the following statement regarding school closures. “Due to potentially dangerous road conditions, Dawson County Schools will have an Online Learning Day Tuesday (Dec. 11). All 12 month employees should report at 10:00am if safe to do so.

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Dawson County Schools 2018-2019 Calendar

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Dawson County among finalists for Georgia School Board Association Governance Team of the Year

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – Dawson County Schools is one of 10 finalists for the Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) 2018 Governance Team of the Year Award.

The award is presented annually to one Georgia public school district’s board of education and superintendent who have achieved all-around success in their district.  This recognition is deeply rooted in the components of the Georgia Vision Project’s research-based recommendations for Georgia’s public schools.

These finalists were vetted through a stringent application process and a visit by an impartial review team to vet the information in the application.

“This group of ten school districts from all over Georgia exemplify what it means to achieve at the highest levels. We are very pleased with this inaugural class for the Governance Team of the Year,” said Katrina Young, GSBA President and Rockdale County Board of Education member.

The winner will be announced at the GSBA/GSSA Annual Conference at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel in Atlanta, December 6, 2018, during a banquet honoring these outstanding governance teams. There were 33 Georgia school districts that qualified and 10 that chose to submit applications.

The winner will be chosen by a panel of national experts who perform various leadership roles in the field of public education.

The other finalists are Bleckley County Schools, Chickamauga City Schools, Effingham County Schools, Forsyth County Schools, Gwinnett County Schools, Jefferson City Schools, Lumpkin County Schools, Pierce County Schools and Schley County Schools.

 

 

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Dawson, White, Lumpkin schools closed today

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Fetch Your News understands the serious impact that extreme weather can have on our readers. That is why our reporters work around the clock to bring you the most up-to-date information on school closings, road closings, power outages and the availability of emergency shelters.

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. –- The National Weather Service in Peachtree City has issued a winter weather advisory that will go into effect from 1 a.m. until 1 p.m. Monday.

* WHAT — Light freezing rain expected. Total ice accumulations of around one-tenth of an inch or less are expected.

* WHEN AND WHERE – The first advisory will go into effect for far northwest Georgia at 1 AM until 11 AM. The second advisory will go into effect for north-central Georgia at 5 AM until 12 AM. The third advisory will go into effect at 6 AM until 1 PM for northeast Georgia.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS…The ice will result in difficult travel conditions, including during the morning commute on Monday. Total ice accumulations of one-tenth of an inch or less are expected.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS — Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for slippery roads. Slow down and use caution while driving.

SCHOOL CLOSINGS

Dawson County School Superintendent Dameon Gibbs has announced that Dawson County schools are closed today.

White County School Superintendent Dr. Jeff Wilson announced today that schools will be closed Monday, Jan. 8, for students and staff due to the Winter Weather Advisory and threat of freezing rain. School will be closed for students and staff.

Lumpkin County schools will be closed Monday, Jan. 8, due to the threat of icy conditions. However, 12-month employees should report if it is safe to do so.

Watch for FYN updates throughout the day.

 

 

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Dawson Co. Schools Will Not Follow Federal Government’s Transgender Guidelines

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DAWSONVILLE Ga. — Dawson County School Superintendent Dr. Damon Gibbs said Thursday that he considers the Obama Administration’s guidelines regarding transgender students’ use of school bathrooms to be just that, a guideline and not a directive. He said Dawson County schools will not follow that particular guideline.

“They are guidelines, not a directive,” Gibbs said. But the guidelines came with a stern warning that school systems that do not comply could face the possibility of lawsuits and the loss of millions of dollars in federal funding. In the case of Dawson County, that could amount to $2.7 million.

“We do follow most federal guidelines,” Gibbs said. “But we’re not going to do that. We have to meet the needs of all our students.”

Besides, Gibbs added, State School Superintendent Richard Woods was very clear in a letter he sent out state schools this week telling state school superintendents they do not have to comply.

Woods’ letter said the guidelines do not have the force of law and he called them “an overreach of power by the Executive Branch of the federal government.”

Woods assured school superintendents that if federal funds are withheld or a lawsuit is filed, the state will work with districts to take appropriate action.

Dawson County Schools Friday January 22, 2016

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Dawson County schools will be closed on Friday, January 22, 2016.  Twelve month employees should report if possible.

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