Statement on COVID-19 from Rabun County Schools Superintendent Dr. April Childers

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Rabun County Schools Superintendent Dr. April Childers
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Rabun County Schools Superintendent Dr. April Childers issued the following statement Tuesday:

In light of Governor Kemp’s most recent order, we would like to update you on our plans in Rabun County to serve your children through this unprecedented time. 

Governor Kemp released the following statement: 

“To keep our students, teachers, and administrators safe and mitigate the spread of COVID-19, I am ordering the closure of all public elementary, secondary, and post-secondary schools in Georgia from March 18, 2020 to March 31, 2020,” Kemp said in an emailed release. “This measure is critical to reducing local transmission in communities across our state, and I ask Georgians to continue to follow best practices - washing their hands regularly, isolating the elderly and chronically ill, and avoiding large events if possible - in the days and weeks ahead.”

Our Nutrition department served meals across the county on Monday that provided 5 lunches and 5 breakfast meals to each child that participated.  Next week we plan to continue serving meals at the same locations and times that are listed on our district website, however, we will now provide 3 days of meals on Monday and will return to the same locations on Thursday with 2 days of meals. Meals are provided at no cost and are available to all children ages 2-18 regardless of income.  

Our teachers are preparing instructional materials that will be delivered online to each child.  If you do not have access to the internet, there are several options available:  

• Free Wi-Fi access will be available in the parking lot of the public library, Rabun County Civic Center, and the new Rabun County pavilions. 

• If you indicated that you did not have internet access in the survey provided on school district website, then materials have been mailed to your home for the first week.  Additional materials will be made available each week . 

• If you have not completed the survey and do not have internet access, please let us know by either completing the survey or emailing your principal. 

Our Technology department checked Chromebooks out to families without a computer yesterday.  They will continue to support our teachers and families by being available each day from 8:30a.m.  to 6:30p.m. for tech support. You may reach them through email at helpdesk@rabuncsd.gethelphss.com or at the phone associated with your school:

County Office 706-212-4345

RCPS 706-212-4324

RCES 706-212-4323

RCMS 706-212-4322

RCHS 706-212-4321

It is extremely important that we work together to keep our students safe at home and to provide a quality education for them. It is our goal that each day counts as a school day for students.  To that end, we need your help in ensuring each student works on the assignments, contacts teachers for assistance, and strives to do their best. This will allow us to leave Spring Break in the schedule for this year.  

Please note that our campuses are closed.  Access to all Rabun County school campuses will be limited to approved personnel. All gates will be closed and opened only for deliveries and/or essential personnel. All athletic facilities including tennis courts and track will be closed for employees and the public. Students should not be on campus at all until we reopen.

Thank you for your patience and support as we navigate this unusual situation.  We are here to support our students and families. If you need assistance, please let us know.  The best method of contact is email.