Cousins Middle School Temporarily Closed

Cousins Middle School Temporarily Closed Due to Covid-19
Posted on 11/11/2020
Cousins Middle School Closed TemporarilyPlease be advised that Cousins Middle School is temporarily closing for in-person learning effective with the end of classes today (November 11, 2020). Reopening is tentatively scheduled for Monday, November 30. This decision was made in consultation with the school system’s Covid-19 Response Team and the Georgia Department of Public Health.

As of this afternoon, there was one confirmed positive Covid-19 case at the school and several presumed positive cases. As a result, there are approximately 25 other staff members who will likely need to be quarantined.

What does this mean for students? All in-person students at Cousins Middle School will stay home from school until the scheduled reopening on Monday, November 30. Teachers will spend Thursday, November 12, and Friday, November 13 preparing for the shift to virtual learning. The building will be deep-cleaned this evening.

Virtual learning, through the Canvas learning management system, will begin on Monday, November 16 for students transitioning to the virtual model. All teachers will return to the building on the same day. This closure has no effect on students participating in virtual learning.

Students who need to pick up medication or other items that they must have during the next two weeks should call the school’s front office to make an appointment. In addition, students may obtain a free breakfast or lunch meal at any school location. We will provide more information in a later call on procedures for borrowing technology devices during the school closure.

What does this mean for all other NCSS students? The closing of Cousins Middle School on is a necessary precaution as we work to ensure in-person learning can continue in our other schools. We anticipate, as we have communicated throughout this process, there will be additional quarantines and school closures as we operate during this pandemic. We need our entire community to work together: stay home when you’re sick; get tested if you’re symptomatic; report your child’s positive test to their school; if you are directed to quarantine, follow the instructions and limit interaction with non-family members; socially distance, and wear a mask when in public.