Students from Cherokee County began using Digital Learning Days on Monday, the online program replacing their in-person classes for the next two weeks.

Teachers began testing out the program in 2019 to prepare for emergencies where students would have to learn from home. Before Monday, only a few teachers had direct experience with it. So far, students and teachers appear to be having few problems using the program. Shea Cowart Millsaps, a Cherokee parent with three high schoolers, said her children needed a little help understanding their assignments for the day, but otherwise were fine.

“From what I can tell, the teachers have done an excellent job explaining to the students what to expect over the next two weeks,” Millsaps said. She also said that the teachers have been very quick in responding to student’s emails. One world languages teacher from Sequoyah High School, even made a Tik Tok video showing students where to find the modules.

“I guess in times like this you have to be creative to find ways to get the attention of your students,” Millsaps said.

The Cherokee County School Nutrition staff provided 2,300 students today with a week’s worth of breakfasts and lunches in to-go bags. While the turnout was more than expected, the staff was able to prepare more bags to meet the needs. Representatives from First Baptist Church Woodstock, as well as school principals, school police officers and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower came out to help with the distribution.

“I am so proud of School Nutrition Director Tina Farmer and her staff for the hard work and great care shown today,” Hightower said. “She and her team made sure each child went home with a bag of breakfasts and lunches for the rest of the week and a greater sense of how much everyone in their school district cares about them.”

The nutrition staff will be holding another event on Monday, March 23 from 10 a.m. to noon to provide students with next week’s breakfasts and lunches. A student must be present to receive a to-go bag. The schools request that you do not linger at the site to avoid the possible spread of germs.

Here is a list of the schools hosting these stations:

♦ Carmel Elementary School: 2275 Bascomb Carmel Road, Woodstock;

♦ Cherokee High School: 930 Marietta Highway, Canton;

♦ Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy: 3219 Hunt Road, Acworth;

♦ Hasty Elementary School Fine Arts Academy: 205 Brown Industrial Parkway, Canton;

♦ Etowah High School: 6565 Putnam Ford Road, Woodstock;

♦ Indian Knoll Elementary School: 3635 Univeter Road, Canton;

♦ Oak Grove Elementary School Fine Arts Academy: 6118 Woodstock Road, Acworth;

♦ R.M. Moore Elementary School STEM Academy: 1375 Puckett Road, Waleska;

♦ Teasley Middle School: 151 Hickory Log Drive, Canton; and

♦ Woodstock High School: 2010 Towne Lake Hills South Drive, Woodstock.

Stations will also be set up at Canton Mill Village (Old Tippens Drive, Canton), Canton Housing Authority (1400 Oak Side Drive, Canton), East Gate Mobile Home Park (6359 Bells Ferry Road, Acworth2) and Hidden Falls Mobile Home Park (6310 Bells Ferry Road #15, Acworth).

Georgia’s state school superintendent, Richard Woods, announced Monday that the end-of-grade and end-of-course testing will be suspended until further notice due to the coronavirus concerns.

The number of coronavirus cases in Georgia has risen to 121.

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