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Updated Back to School Information for 2020-2021

  • Updated 8/31/2020

    COVID Protocols

    Please continue to monitor your child for the below signs of COVID. If your child has any of the below symptoms please keep them at home until symptom-free.

    Please contact your child's school with any questions rather than posting on social media. 

      • Families are asked to do daily temperature checks prior to leaving for school. Please keep your child at home if he/she has a temperature of 100.4 or higher. 
      • Masks are highly encouraged and should be worn when social distancing is not possible.
      • If you or your child are experiencing any of the following symptoms, please stay home and contact your child's school.
        • Fever of 100.4 or higher
        • Coughing or new cough
        • Shortness of breath
        • Loss of taste or smell
        • Chills
      • We anticipate more car riders at all schools.  Please be patient and follow the directions of staff members at all times.  Parents are not allowed out of their cars.
      • Busses may be delayed as we implement staggered dismissal procedures.

    For Virtual Students

    • For virtual learners, please email support@hart.k12.ga.us with all technology related questions. Please do not email the school. 
      • Each teacher should have communicated expectations for logging into your child's Virtual Classroom. If not, contact your child's school immediately.
      • Attendance will be taken each class period.  After the first week of school, middle and high schoolers will become responsible for this by checking-in through Infinite Campus. Directions are forthcoming.
      • Usernames and passwords have been updated for all students.  Usernames are student  numbers. Passwords are birthdates (mmddyyyy). (Example: 08142020)
      • Please visit our information page about online learning for more details.
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  • K-5 Virtual Open House Videos

    Please click the link below to access the Virtual Open House Welcome from K-5 Teachers for this year.  Please click on the link and then click on the link associated with the teacher's name provided earlier today via email. If you did not receive an email, please call your child's principal.

    Virtual K-5 Virtual Open House Teacher List   

     

    High School Virtual Open House Videos

    Virtual Open House: (Students will need to be logged into their Gmail account to view.) 

    10th-12th courses and electives

     

    Middle School Virtual Open House VIdeos

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  • Updated: 7/29/2020

    Last Day for Online Virtual Registration:

    The last day to sign up for Online Virtual School is Thursday, July 30th.  No late registration will be allowed as we must finalize our plan for elementary school based on our numbers. To register for virtual learning, complete the registration form using this link:   Registration is now closed.

     

    Return to School Guidance in case of COVID-19 Case in Hart County Schools.

    The attached documents reflect guidance provided by the Department of Public Health. In the event COVID-19 cases surface within the Hart County Charter System, the documents will direct the district's next steps and procedures. 

    Return to School Guidance for Students 

    Return to Work Guidance for Staff

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  • Updated 7/24/2020

    Back to School Blast

    The Chamber of Commerce Back to School Blast will take place on Saturday, July 25th from 9:00-11:00.  Parents are asked to enter the parking lot across from the Board of Education Office and follow the signs to pick up the supply Bags.   Students must be in the vehicle to receive a supply bag.  Thank you to the Chamber of Commerce and all of the Organizations for their donated supplies.

    Online Virtual School Questions and Registration

    The registration deadline for the virtual option is July 30, 2020. A parent’s decision will be enforced for the entire first semester, which is scheduled to end on December 18, 2020. To register for virtual learning, complete the registration form using this link: Registration is now closed.    The deadline of July 30, 2020 will be strictly enforced so as to allow the district to plan accordingly.  

    Please review the Frequently Updated Questions Page as it has been updated with new information. Frequently Asked Questions  

    Transportation Announcement: 

    As you know, schools are limiting traffic flow within buildings for the upcoming school year. Therefore, North Hart Elementary and South Hart Elementary will no longer serve as drop-off sites for students needing bus transportation to and from Hart County Middle School and/or Hart County High School. In other words, in order for students in grades 6 through 12 to be transported to and from the middle school and/or the high school, they must be picked up and dropped off at their respective homes.

    If this change necessitates a change for your child, please complete a transportation request form prior to August 17th. For incoming sixth and ninth graders, transportation request forms will be available during Meet the Teacher events. For incoming seventh, eighth, tenth, eleventh, and twelfth graders, transportation request forms are available at the Hart County Board of Education.

    Transportation Request

    Thanks in advance for working with us to make this year a success!    

     

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  •  Updated: 7/17/2020

    We appreciate all of the comments, suggestions, and praise as we continue to develop our plan for the school year.  We have had ongoing discussions based on that information and are making decisions based on that information.  We will continue to update the information so all families can make informed decisions for their students and families.

    Open House Schedule: 

    Dates have been established for Meet the Teacher activities. Due to COVID, this year will look much different, and for that, we apologize in advance. Please adhere to the schedule for your child’s grade level. Doing so will significantly reduce the number of individuals simultaneously present in classrooms and hallways.

    Following Meet the Teacher activities, schools will be sanitized in preparation for the first day of in-person learning. Unfortunately, parents may not walk their children into schools or classrooms on the first day of school. We know first day pictures are precious keepsakes; therefore, first-day pictures will need to be snapped during Meet the Teacher events. On the first day of school, parents will be asked to use car rider lines and remain in their vehicles.

    For now, visitors, including parents, will be confined to front offices. Schools are not accepting lunch visitors at this time, and many parental involvement activities will occur virtually. While not ideal, these guidelines are in place for the safety and well-being of students, families, faculty, and staff members.

    Click here to view the Open House Schedule for all schools.  

    Virtual Instructional Schedule and Virtual Option Registration 

    Virtual Instructional Schedule

    In an effort to provide more information about the instructions options for students, the linked document will provide some guidance as to what virtual instruction will look like.  This document is subject to change as we make decisions that meet the needs of students as well as teachers. Instructional Schedule

    Virtual Option Registration

    Online Virtual Instruction Registration now through July 30 Registration is now closed.  Please view our Frequently asked questions as we have added multiple questions and answers since our original post.

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  • 2020-2021 Hart County Charter System Back to School Information

    Updated July 13, 2020

    On July 13, 2020, members of the Hart County Board of Education voted to adjust the 2020-2021 school calendar and made the following recommendations.

    1. Start date will be Monday, August 17
    2. Parents will be given the following options: In-person instruction or online learning. (except for pre-k students)
    3. Parents will have to make a decision for online learning by July 30, 2020.  If no choice is given, the traditional face to face will be provided.
    4. The decision is final and will not be changed until school starts in January.  (Notify the school in December)
    5. New teacher orientation will be August 3 -4, 2020. 
    6. Pre-planning will be 8 days starting August 5-14, 2020.  
    7. Four days will be added to the end of the school year.  The last day of school for students will be Friday, June 4, 2021.

    More information can be found on our Covid-19 Updates Page

    Dates for Open House for all schools will be announced soon.

    Instructional Options

    School will begin with two instructional options: in-person and virtual. The in-person option will comply with guidelines set forth by the Governor and the Georgia Department of Education. Those interested in participating in the virtual option will be required to register.  For more information about the virtual instructional model, click here

    The registration deadline for the virtual option is July 30, 2020. A parent’s decision will be enforced for the entire first semester, which is scheduled to end on December 18, 2020. To register for virtual learning, complete the registration form using this link: https://forms.gle/16n8G2ZbUFHkmtvZ9   The deadline of July 30, 2020 will be strictly enforced so as to allow the district to plan accordingly.  

District Announcements

  • yga  Hart County Schools are proud and excited to announce 12 students from all five Hart schools have been named as FY20 Young Georgia Authors in the statewide competition. Sponsored by the Georgia Language Arts Supervisors (GLAS) and the Georgia Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA) network with support from the Georgia Department of Education, the purpose of the Young Georgia Authors (YGA) writing competition is to encourage students to develop enthusiasm for and expertise in writing, to provide a context to celebrate writing successes, and to recognize student achievement in arts and academics.

    For more than two decades, this competition has been open to any student enrolled in Georgia public schools, kindergarten- 12th grade. In Hart County, competition winners were selected at every grade level.  

    From Hart, the following students were named for their stories:

    • Kindergarten: Grayson Morris, South Hart Elementary School
    • First grade: Sam Moss, North Hart Elementary School
    • Second grade: Asher Marchman, Hartwell Elementary School
    • Third grade: Joniyah, Glaze, Hartwell Elementary School
    • Fourth grade: Kaelynn Shapland, South Hart Elementary School
    • Fifth grade: Jackson Carter, Hartwell Elementary School
    • Sixth grade: Juliette Cason, Hart County Middle School
    • Seventh grade: Lake Dickenson, Hart County Middle School
    • Eighth grade: Isabella Chitwood, Hart County Middle School
    • Ninth grade: Madeline Owens, Hart County High School
    • Tenth grade: Ken’Asia Johnson, Hart County High School
    • Eleventh grade: Chess Mitchell, Hart County High School
    • Twelfth grade: Omari Durrett, Hart County High School

    Hart County High School Winners, L-R: 

    Ken’Asia Johnson, tenth grade; Madeline Owens, ninth grade; Omari Durrett, twelfth grade; Chess Mitchell, eleventh grade

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    Hart County Middle School Winners, L-R: 

    Bella Chitwood, eighth grade; Lake Dickenson, seventh grade; Juliette Cason, sixth grade

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    North Hart Elementary School Winner, Sam Moss:

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    Hartwell Elementary School Winners, L-R: 

    Asher Marchman, second grade; Joniyah Glaze, third grade; Jackson Carter, fifth grade

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    South Hart Elementary School Winners, L-R: 

    Grayson Morris, kindergarten; Kaelynn Shapland, fourth grade

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    Congratulations to these students for their hard work and creativity! 

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  • By Drew Dotson

    The Hartwell Sun

    Wednesday, January 8, 2020

    smith logo   A glimpse into history that is usually reserved for the Smithsonian Museums in Washington D.C. has arrived in downtown Hartwell. Four unique poster exhibits are on display this month at the Hartwell Art Center.
    The exhibits were provided to Hartwell Main Street  Program by the Smithsonian Institute Traveling Exhibition.

    The program offers exhibitions to museums, libraries, science centers, historical societies, community centers, botanical gardens, schools and other institutions across the country. The program provides printable posters for the communities to display for educational purposes for free.


    “Oftentimes in communities across the country we don’t have the opportunity to go to Washington D.C. to see the Smithsonian, so they work to bring the Smithsonian to communities,” Hartwell Main Street director Jason Ford said.

    There are currently four poster exhibits at the art center, each with about eight posters. The Choosing to Participate exhibit  encourages people to participate in the government and shows how they can get involved. Destination Moon tells the story of the Apollo 11 mission and has photos of the moon landing. Righting a Wrong is about the incarceration of Japanese people and Japanese-Americans during World War II. World War I: Lessons and Legacies examines the way the war led to changes in America’s culture, technology, economy and role in the world.

    The exhibits are currently at the Art Center and will be there until Feb. 1. The exhibits are free and open to public from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.   

    More exhibits are available through the SITES program and Ford is hoping to add more in the future if there is good feedback from the community. He is also hopeful that the school system will make use of the exhibit and that it can become an attraction in downtown for residents of Hartwell and Hart County.

    “I like the idea of the educational component, the history component, and just having something a little bit different in our downtown to give people the opportunity to come into town, see a little bit of the art, see a little bit of the posters,  get a little bit of dinner, get a little bit of shopping and you can make a day of it,” Ford said.

    There will be an opening reception for the exhibit from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 6, at The Art Center is at 338 E. Howell St. in downtown Hartwell.

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  • banner  Five Georgia school districts are included on the College Board’s 10th Annual AP District Honor Roll, with Hart County Schools among them, the organization announced this week.

    “Our teachers are doing a great job preparing students at an early age. One of our goals is to provide equal access to the curriculum for all students. We are committed to finding a pathway for every student. I am grateful to our high school administrators and teachers for standing in the gap to provide the best education possible. We are #onehartbeat,” said Hart County School Superintendent Jaybez Floyd.  

    The AP District Honor Roll is a roster of districts that are increasing access to Advanced Placement (AP) coursework while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP exams. The five Georgia districts honored are:

    • Coweta County Schools
    • Dade County Schools
    • Forsyth County Schools
    • Hart County Schools
    • Whitfield County Schools

    “Our number-one focus is on expanding opportunities for students in Georgia’s public schools,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “I commend these districts as they expand access to advanced coursework for their students, while maintaining a high standard of performance.”

    The College Board describes its AP District Honor Roll as “a roster of districts that are simultaneously expanding opportunity and improving performance.” Districts identified had to, since 2017, increase the number of students participating in AP while also increasing or maintaining the percentage of students earning AP exam scores of 3 or higher.

    “With more students participating and succeeding in AP…more students are getting a head start on college by earning college credit during high school,” said Trevor Packer, senior vice president of AP and Instruction at the College Board. “We are pleased to honor the teachers and administrators who have worked to clear a path for more students of all backgrounds to advance through AP.”

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  • We're so excited to announce and invite you to the dedication ceremony of the Hart County High School basketball court! Please join us at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6, for this exciting ceremony! 

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  • Parents, this is a great Facebook Live event to help you digital natives understand the ever-changing world of digital media and how it effects our students! Take part in the 3rd annual Pioneer RESA Technology "A Parent's Guide to Raising Digital Natives" at 8:30 p.m. tomorrow, Nov. 11! Take part, here https://www.facebook.com/pioneerresatech/

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  • toty  Hart County Charter System is excited to announced the new class of Teachers of the Year for the 2020-2021 school year!

    Jenny Martin, a special education teacher, has been named the Teacher of the Year for Hartwell Elementary School. Emilee Patrick, a 5th grade English and Language Arts teacher, has been named Teacher of the Year for North Hart Elementary School. Kathleen Teel, a Tier Intervention teacher for RTI/MTSS, has been named Teacher of the Year for South Hart Elementary School. Earl Fouch, a 6th grade math teacher, has been named Teacher of the Year for Hart County Middle School. Christie Simpson, a science teacher, has been named Teacher of the Year for Hart County High School.

    These five teachers will move on to an interview process with judges from various counties within the state, on November 4, and a Teacher of the Year for the county school system will then be named at a Teacher of the Year luncheon on November 15.

    In order to be eligible for Teacher of the Year recognition, teachers are nominated and voted upon their peers and principal, and should be a certified classroom teacher in public pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, including special education, physical education, art, music, media specialists and ROTC teachers. They also are teachers who inspire students, are dedicated and skilled in active teaching, play an active role in the community and are respected by both students and their parents.

    Update: On November 15, Hart County High School Teacher of the Year Christie Simpson was named as the district-wide Teacher of the Year in Hart County! She will now move on to submit an application to be a nominee for Georgia’s Overall Teacher of the Year. Congratulations, Mrs. Simpson! 

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  • excellence
    The school year if off to a great start with several recognitions for Hart County Charter System leaders. The Hart County Board of Education has been awarded the "Award of Excellence" presented by the Georgia Education Workers' Compensation Trust for dedication to safety. In recognition of an outstanding safety year.
     
    As well, Hart County Finance Department has for the 4th year in a row, received the award for Distinctions for Excellence in Financial Reporting.
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  • boe  The Hart County Charter System is proud to announce it has been recognized for its achievement and status as a Georgia School Boards Association’s (GSBA) 2019 Exemplary School Board. 

    This is the first year for Hart County to earn Exemplary Status, which comes as a true honor not only for the school system, but for the community as a whole, said Jay Floyd, Superintendent of the Hart County Charter System.

    “This recognition is an honor for our community,” Floyd said.

    The recognition program is designed to showcase best practices in school governance and leadership. GSBA recognizes good school board governance to foster educational community cultures in order to advance student learning and achievement. 

    The Hart County School Board of Education exceeded the criteria set by the GSBA to earn the honor of a 2019 Exemplary Board. This year, only 50 of the 180 public school boards in Georgia earned the Exemplary Board status.

    The Hart County School Board is teamed by Chair Kim Pierce, Vice Chair Richard Sutherland, and members Matthew Honiotes, Dennis Dowell and Lonnie Robinson. It is the mission of Hart County schools and the board to prepare all students to meet tomorrow’s challenges by providing quality educational opportunities today, which is being acknowledged and recognized by the GSBA honor.

    “This board has a great work ethic and they deeply care about our community,” Floyd said. “They have aligned our Charter Goals with our System Strategic Plan and the Budget Process. They have worked hard putting in extra training hours to support our students during the last three years.”

    The GSBA Governance Team Recognition Program was developed by Georgia superintendents and board members based on the state board of education’s standards for effective governance to recognize exemplary leadership. In 1998, the Georgia School Boards Association was one of the first school board associations in the nation to develop a program of standards for local boards of education. The GSBA Board recognition program is a three-tiered program.  For more information on the program, the GSBA website for awards and recognition.  

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  • feedback   The Hart County Charter System is looking toward the community for input and feedback as to the comprehensive needs for our schools. Input is specifically needed for the school system’s 2019 - 2020 Comprehensive Needs Assessment and District Improvement Plan, and the Title I School-wide Improvement Plans and the 2019 - 2020 Hart County Charter System Parent/Family Engagement Plan.

    Citizens of Hart County are invited to provide comment on the se plans and suggest any possible changes. The documents for both plans are the basis of how the school district will budget and spend federal funds to enhance the academic achievement of all students.

     

    Parents and community members will review the 2018 – 2019 documents, providing input on changes, which may be considered for the upcoming school year. The plans will be available for review in the Professional Learning Room from 1- 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16 and 10 a.m. to Noon on Wednesday, April 17.

     

    The Professional Learning Room is located in the Board of Education Office, 284 Campbell Drive in Hartwell. Parents who review these documents will be encouraged to provide written feedback.  In addition, the documents are available for review on the Hart County Charter System’s website at www.hart.k12.ga.us. 

    Comments are welcomed and can be emailed to jcarter@hart.k12.ga.us or lamar.scott@hart.k12.ga.us.

     

    For more information, contact Jennifer Carter, Associate Superintendent, or Lamar Scott, Title I Director, by email or by phone at 706-376-5141.

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  • hear from you   Our schools are seeking input in planning! Have any idea or suggestions? Read on to learn more:
     
    Hart County Charter System officials invite citizens to give their input on the Hart County Charter System’s 2019 - 2020 Comprehensive Needs Assessment and District Improvement Plan.
     
    These documents are the basis of how the school district will budget and spend federal funds to enhance the academic achievement of all students.
     
    In addition, officials are seeking input for the 2019 - 2020 Title I School-wide Improvement Plans and the 2019 - 2020 Hart County Charter System Parent/Family Engagement Plan.
     
    Parents and community members will review the 2018 – 2019 documents, providing input on changes that should be considered for the coming school year. The plans will be available for review in the Professional Learning Room from 1-3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16 and 10a.m. to Noon, on Wednesday, April 17th.
     
    The Professional Learning Room is located in the Board of Education Office at 284 Campbell Drive in Hartwell. Parents who review these documents will be encouraged to provide written feedback. In addition, the documents are available for review on the Hart County Charter System’s website at www.hart.k12.ga.us. Comments are welcomed and can be emailed to jcarter@hart.k12.ga.us or lamar.scott@hart.k12.ga.us
     
    For more information, contact Jennifer Carter, Associate Superintendent, or Lamar Scott, Title I Director, by email or by phone at 706-376-5141.
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  • Hart County Charter System officials invite citizens to give their input on the Hart County Charter System’s 2019 - 2020 Comprehensive Needs

    Assessment and District Improvement Plan. These documents are the basis of how the school district will budget and spend federal funds to enhance the academic achievement of all students.

    In addition, officials are seeking input for the 2019 - 2020 Title I Schoolwide Improvement Plans and the 2019 - 2020 Hart County Charter System Parent/Family Engagement Plan. Parents and community members will review the 2018 – 2019 documents, providing input on changes that should be considered for the coming school year. The plans will be available for review in the Professional Learning Room from 1:00 – 3:00 on Tuesday, April 16th and 10:00 – 12:00 on Wednesday, April 17th.

    The Professional Learning Room is located in the Board of Education Office at 284 Campbell Drive in Hartwell. Parents who review these documents will be encouraged to provide written feedback.  In addition, the documents are available for review on the Hart County Charter System’s website at www.hart.k12.ga.us.  Comments are welcomed and can be emailed to jcarter@hart.k12.ga.us or lamar.scott@hart.k12.ga.us.

    For more information, contact Jennifer Carter, Associate Superintendent, or Lamar Scott, Title I Director, by email or by phone at 706-376-5141.

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