Bartow students head back to class — in person or virtually — Wednesday

By DONNA HARRIS
Posted 7/30/20

Despite the obstacle known as COVID-19, the Bartow County School System is forging ahead with its plan to start the 2020-21 school year Wednesday. This year, 81% of the school district’s …

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Bartow students head back to class — in person or virtually — Wednesday

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Despite the obstacle known as COVID-19, the Bartow County School System is forging ahead with its plan to start the 2020-21 school year Wednesday. 

This year, 81% of the school district’s 13,300 students will return to class at the 12 elementary schools, four middle schools, three high schools and college and career academy and try to settle into a "new normal" routine of social distancing and heightened safety measures while 19% will remain at home to take advantage of the distance learning option.  

"I anticipate a year of opportunity for our Bartow County students and staff — the opportunity for choice in learning through distance or in-person instruction; the opportunity for our teachers to strengthen instructional techniques; an opportunity for student growth as we continue through our professional learning communities; and the opportunity to strengthen Tier 2 interventions for our students with the guidance of our learning support specialists," Superintendent Dr. Phillip Page said. "This will ensure our ability to guarantee that all students show proficiency on our identified essential standards."

One new element coming to the high schools that's been overshadowed the past few months by the pandemic is the launch of the three new magnet programs — the Center for Advanced Studies in Science, Technology and Math at Adairsville High School, Center for Advanced International Studies at Cass High School and Center for Advanced Studies in Medical Science at Woodland High School. 

"The launch of the programs is on schedule," Page said. "Each school will host a student-parent/guardian orientation." 

The AHS center has the most members in its inaugural class — 40— followed by CHS and WHS, each with 37 freshmen enrolling in its magnet program. 

The school district has made other changes that weren't mandated by COVID-19, such as continuing the professional learning communities and adding learning support specialists to the schools, Page said.       
 
"One per school, each LSS will focus on identifying and offering supports to students who are not proficient on all identified essential standards," he said. "They will also work to close proficiency gaps where students are multiple years behind in universal areas such as reading, writing and math. An additional component of the job is assessing and providing extended learning opportunities to those students who master the identified essential standards." 

Below is back-to-school information that parents and students might need to know before the first day of class.

NEW STUDENTS
All students new to the Bartow County system must register at central registration at 86 Registration Drive in Cartersville. For GPS purposes, use the address 1653 Cassville Road in Cartersville.

Hours are today from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m. to noon and Aug. 3-21 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To register, students must have the following required documents: certified birth certificate or passport; Social Security card or objection to use waiver; two printed proofs of residency (home ownership paperwork, current lease/rental agreement, any current utility bill or hotel/motel receipt or shelter letter); certificate of immunization (Form 3231) or appointment card (certificate required in 30 days) and a certificate of hearing, vision, dental and nutrition (Form 3300) or appointment card (certificate required in 30 days) obtained from a family physician or the Bartow County Health Department at 100 Zena Drive in Cartersville; parent or legal guardian driver’s license or other government-issued identification card and legal custody paperwork, if applicable; and a copy of previous school records and special education records, if applicable.

OPEN HOUSE
Open houses will be Monday for elementary and high schools and Bartow County College and Career Academy and Tuesday for middle schools. 
Monday
Adairsville Elementary
10:30-11:30 a.m. — first session for last names beginning with A-J
4-5 p.m. — second session for A-J
2-3 p.m. — first session for K-Z
6-7 p.m. — second session for K-Z

Allatoona Elementary
10:30-11:30 a.m. — A-J
2:30-3:30 p.m. — K-Z
6-7 p.m. — those unable to attend day session

Clear Creek Elementary
10:30-11:30 a.m. — A-K
12:30-1:30 p.m. — L-Z
5-6 p.m. — those unable to attend day session

Cloverleaf Elementary
10:30-11:30 a.m. — A-J
2:30-3:30 p.m. — K-Z
6-7 p.m. — those unable to attend day session

Emerson Elementary
Homeroom teachers will call parents to schedule one of these sessions:
Noon-1 p.m.
2-3 p.m.
4-5 p.m.
6-7 p.m.

Euharlee Elementary
10:30-11:30 a.m. — A-K
2:30-3:30 p.m. — L-Z
6-7 p.m. — those unable to attend the day session; email james.bishop@bartow.k12.ga.us to register.

Hamilton Crossing Elementary
10:30-noon — A-M
2:30-4 p.m. — N-Z
6-7 p.m. — those unable to attend the day session

Kingston Elementary
10:30-11:30 a.m. — A-K
2:30-3:30 p.m. — L-Z
5:30-7 p.m. – those unable to attend the day session

Mission Road Elementary
10:30-11:30 a.m. — A-K
2:30-3:30 p.m. — L-Z
6-7 p.m. — those unable to attend the day session

Pine Log Elementary
10:30-11:30 a.m. — A-J
2:30-3:30 p.m. — K-Z
6-7 p.m. — those unable to attend the day session

Taylorsville Elementary
10:30-11:30 a.m. — A-K
2:30-3:30 p.m. — L-Z
6-7 p.m. — those unable to attend the day session

White Elementary
10:30-11:30 a.m. — A-I
2:30-3:30 p.m. — J-Z
6-7 p.m. — those unable to attend the day session

Adairsville High
5-6 p.m. — freshmen and new students with last names A-J
6:30-7:30 p.m. — freshmen and new students with last names K-Z

Cass High
3:30-4 p.m. — BCSS employees with students at CHS
5-6 p.m. — freshmen A-M
6:30-7:30 p.m. — freshmen N-Z

Woodland High
3:30-4:30 p.m. — BCSS employees with students at WHS
5-6 p.m. — freshmen A-M
6:30-7:30 p.m. — freshmen N-Z

BCCCA
4:30-5:30 p.m. — AHS students
5:30-6:30 p.m. — CHS students
6:30-7:30 p.m. — WHS students

Tuesday
All four middle schools have the same schedule for open house:
10:30-11:30 a.m. — A-K
2:30-3:30 p.m. — L-Z
6-7 p.m. — makeup session.

Parents and students should contact their local school for dates and times for the distance learning orientations. 

NEW PRINCIPALS 
The only new principal in the system this year is Allison LaRue at Kingston Elementary.

SCHOOL HOURS
School hours are 8:05 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for elementary schools and 8:30 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. for middle and high schools.

MEALS
Breakfast is $1.50 for students at all levels. Lunch prices are $2.40 for elementary schools and $2.60 for middle and high schools. To apply for free and reduced lunches, visit bartowcountyschoolnutrition.com. The reduced price is 30 cents for breakfast and 40 cents for lunch for all schools.

CALENDAR
According to the 2020-21 school calendar, students will be off Sept. 7 for Labor Day, Sept. 21-22 for fall break, Sept. 23 for a student holiday, Nov. 23-27 for Thanksgiving, Dec. 21-Jan. 1 for Christmas break, Jan. 4 for a student holiday, Jan. 18 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Feb. 15-16 for winter break, Feb. 17 for a student holiday and April 5-9 for spring break. The last day of school will be May 21. The calendar may change due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information, visit www.bartow.k12.ga.us or call 770-606-5175.