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    Dear Gwinnett County Public Schools families,

    Given recent news reports about cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) spreading in other countries, we wanted to provide our families with an update. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website, “For the general American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus at this time, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low.”

    While health officials say that the risk currently is very low to Americans, they acknowledge that the situation could change and they fully expect we will see more cases here in the United States. As of today, Friday, February 28, 2020, there are no known cases of COVID-19 in Georgia. However, knowing that this could change and because our students’ health and safety are a priority we all share, we want to share some basic information with you about this virus and steps our school district is taking to prepare.

    What is COVID-19?

    COVID-19 is a respiratory disease that is primarily spread person-to-person through close contact with individuals who are ill with COVID-19.  Like other respiratory viruses, it could also be spread by a person touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching his or her mouth, nose, or, possibly, eyes.

    The symptoms of COVID-19 in people are often similar to those of regular seasonal flu, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Although the majority of cases involve mild illness, patients with COVID-19 can become severely ill.

    GCPS preparation and response:

    In addition to receiving guidance from the Georgia Department of Public Health and the CDC, Gwinnett County Public Schools has a close relationship with the Gwinnett County Health Department. If cases of COVID-19 are confirmed locally, we will be notified and provided guidance to limit the spread of illness.  Additionally, GCPS has a team of leaders that is reviewing and updating the district’s response plans appropriately, based on what is currently known about this virus and the direction we are receiving from health officials.

    What you can do to keep your family healthy:

    That said, when it comes to keeping students healthy, perhaps the most important relationship is the one we have with you. We need your help to prevent the spread of illness in our schools– not just COVID-19, but any kind of illness.

    Below are everyday actions you and your family can take to stay healthy.

    • Sneeze and cough into your elbow or cover with a tissue. In other words, keep germs off your hands. Put used tissues in a wastebasket and then wash your hands.
    • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol) if soap and water are not available.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread that way.
    • Don’t share personal items, including toothbrushes, towels, cups/glasses, utensils, etc.
    • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched, using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe following the instructions on the label.
    • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
    • If your children gets sick, please keep them home from school and limit contact with others. If your child is ill and has recently traveled to an area affected by COVID-19, or has been around someone who has been infected with COVID-19, contact your child’s healthcare provider immediately.

     

    If you would like more information about the COVID-19 virus, visit the CDC website at www.cdc.gov.

     

    Please click here for more information from the Gwinnett County Health Department.

     

    Estimadas familias de las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Gwinnett,


    Dadas las noticias recientes sobre casos de coronavirus (COVID-19) que se propagan en otros países, queríamos ofrecer información actualizada a nuestras familias. Según el sitio web de los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC), “Para el público estadounidense en general, quienes tienen una baja probabilidad de estar expuestos al virus al momento, el riesgo inmediato a la salud por COVID-19 se considera bajo.”
    Si bien los funcionarios de salud dicen que actualmente el riesgo es muy bajo para los estadounidenses, reconocen que la situación podría cambiar y esperan plenamente que veremos más casos aquí en los Estados Unidos. Hasta hoy, viernes 28 de febrero de 2020, no hay casos conocidos de COVID-19 en Georgia. Sin embargo, sabiendo que esto podría cambiar y debido a que la salud y el bienestar de nuestros estudiantes es nuestra prioridad, queremos compartir con usted alguna información básica sobre este virus y los pasos que nuestro distrito escolar está tomando para prepararse.


    ¿Qué es COVID-19?
    COVID-19 es un síndrome respiratorio agudo severo que se propaga principalmente de persona a persona a través del contacto cercano con personas enfermas con COVID-19. Al igual que otros virus respiratorios, uno puede contraer el virus si toca una superficie u objeto contaminado y luego se toca la boca, nariz, u ojos.
    Los síntomas de COVID-19 en las personas suelen ser similares a los de la gripe causada por influenza, incluyendo fiebre, tos y dificultad al respirar. Aunque la mayoría de los casos han presentado síntomas leves, pacientes con COVID-19 pueden enfermarse gravemente.


    Plan de preparación y respuesta de las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Gwinnett:
    Además de recibir asesoría del Departamento de Salud Pública de Georgia y el CDC, las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Gwinnett (GCPS por sus siglas en inglés) mantienen una buena relación con el Departamento de Salud del Condado de Gwinnett. Si se confirman casos de COVID-19 localmente, seremos notificados y se nos proporcionara orientación para limitar la propagación de la enfermedad. Asimismo, GCPS tiene un equipo de líderes que está revisando y actualizando el plan de preparación y respuesta del distrito, basado en lo que se conoce actualmente sobre este virus y la asesoría que estamos recibiendo de los funcionarios de salud.


    Lo que usted puede hacer para mantener a su familia saludable:
    Dicho esto, cuando se trata de mantener a los estudiantes sanos, tal vez la relación más importante es la que tenemos con usted. Necesitamos su ayuda para prevenir la propagación de enfermedades en nuestras escuelas, no sólo de COVID-19, sino de cualquier tipo de enfermedad.
    A continuación, se presentan las acciones diarias que usted y su familia pueden tomar para mantenerse saludables.
    Tosa y estornude en su codo o tápese con un pañuelo. En otras palabras, mantenga los gérmenes lejos de sus manos. Coloque los pañuelos usados en el bote de basura y lávese las manos.
    Lávese las manos con agua y jabón durante 20 segundos y hágalo frecuentemente, especialmente despues de ir al baño; antes de comer; y despues de toser, estornudar o sonarse la nariz. Use un desinfectante de manos a base de alcohol (con un mínimo de 60% de alcohol) si no tiene disponible agua y jabón.
    Mantenga las manos que están “llenas de gérmenes” lejos de los ojos, la nariz y la boca. Así es como se transmiten los gérmenes.
    No comparta objetos personales, incluyendo cepillos de dientes, toallas, vasos, cubiertos, etc.
    Limpie y desinfecte los objetos y superficies que se tocan con frecuencia utilizando un desinfectante de limpieza doméstico regular de rocío o en toallita, siguiendo las instrucciones del envase.
    Evite el contacto de cerca con individuos enfermos.
    Si sus hijos se enferman, por favor no los envíe a la escuela, manténgalos en casa y limite el contacto con otras personas. Si su hijo está enfermo y ha viajado recientemente a un área afectada por COVID-19, o ha estado cerca de alguien que ha sido infectado con COVID-19, comuníquese inmediatamente con el proveedor de atención médica de su hijo.
    Si desea obtener más información sobre el virus COVID-19, visite el sitio web del CDC en www.cdc.gov.

     

    Haga clic aquí para obtener más información del Departamento de Salud del Condado de Gwinnett.


News & Announcements

  • Dress Code Reminders

    Please review the following specific Dress Code guidelines. Students are expected to dress in a manner that is supportive of a positive learning environment. Students shall not dress in a way as to DISTRACT from the learning environment. Below are some examples. Please review your student’s agenda for all Dress Code Guidelines.

    Dress Code Guidelines
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  • DHS Visits for 8th Grade Students

    Discovery High School Logo

    During the week of March 2, all 8th grade students will be visiting Discovery High School for a preview tour.  The dates of each trip are below.  If you have any questions or concerns about your student attending this important visit, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher.

     

    DATE

    HOMEROOMS ATTENDING

    Monday, March 2

    8A - Bischoff, Michel, D. Moore, R. Smith

    8B - Donaldson, Nelson, O’Neil, C. Robinson

    Tuesday, March 3

    8C - Gray, Lamb, Millets, E. Smith, Stevens, Thomas

    8G – Arise, Carswell, Paul, Simmons, Shepherd, Williams, Willis-Campbell

    Wednesday, March 4

    8D - S. Dorsey, S. Johnson, Orange, Wallace

    8E – Ferreira, Gerbig, Henry, Phillips

     

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  • Yearbooks on Sale Now!

    buy your yearbook

    It's time!  2019-2020 yearbooks are on sale now!

    Click here to purchase your yearbook online.

    Click here to print an order form and purchase at school!

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  • spring picture day: Friday, march 6th
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  • Maxwell High School Summer Camp

    Maxwell HS Summer Adventures Camp

    Don’t miss Maxwell’s educational and fun summer camp for current middle school students interested in exploring careers options! Maxwell High School of Technology is hosting a four-day camp with hands-on learning activities in a variety of different programs.

    Programs

    Automotive Services, Cake Decorating, Collision Repair, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Early Childhood Ed., Healthcare, Fire Firefighter Camp, Law & Justice, Interactive Web Game Design

    Location

    Maxwell High School of Technology

    Dates and Times

    When: May 26th – May 29th, 8:00am to 12:00pm

    For more information, click here!

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  • Healthy Habits

    How to Fight Cold & Flu Season

    The 2019-20 flu season has begun. Experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend an annual flu vaccine as the first and best way to protect against influenza. It’s not too late to get a flu shot. This year, the nation has a plentiful supply of flu vaccine available, so consider getting a shot for yourself and your family members, especially those with asthma and other chronic illnesses. Health officials encourage families to take precautions to limit the spread of illness, including washing hands frequently, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home and keeping ill children home when flu-like and other cold symptoms appear.

    If your child has flu-like symptoms, please contact your physician or health clinic for recommendations. The flu may last 7-10 days. If your child has a fever, they must be kept home. They must be fever-free for 24 hours without medication prior to returning to school. 

    We appreciate your efforts in helping us keep our students well and healthy!

    Click here for more information on the Coronavirus

    Click here for more information on staying healthy during this time of year! 

    Spanish

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  • Vaping and E-Cigarette Use Among Youth 

     "I am officially declaring e-cigarette use among youth an epidemic in the United States."
    -U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams

    E-cigarette use, also known as vaping, poses a significant – and avoidable – health risk to our nations young people.  Today, more middle and high school students use e-cigarettes than regular cigarettes. In fact, the use of e-cigarettes is higher among high school students than adults. This is concerning as we know those who vape are 4 times more likely to start smoking cigarettes.

     

    JUUL and ecigarettes

    For more information and ideas on what parents can do, click here.

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  • RMS Parent Center

    parent resource center

    Visit us to find academic material for:

    LANGUAGE ARTS -- MATH -- SCIENCE -- SOCIAL STUDIES

    Contact our Parent Outreach Liaison, Liz Martinez

    770-338-4815 or liz_martinez@gwinnett.k12.ga.us

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  • Free Tutoring

    RMS Morning Tutoring, every wednesday morning at 8:15 AM
    Come join your teachers at 8:15 every Wednesday morning for tutoring!
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