TCSS COVID-19 Decision Matrix 2022-2023
January 2022 Back to School Plan
While there is a rise in COVID-19 cases in Troup County, we are committed to a return to in-person education. All staff will report for work on Monday, January 3. Students will return to school on Tuesday, January 4. Please see the release from Dr. Shumate for more information.
Update - December 09, 2021
Please see the press release from Dr. Shumate reminding the community about our 1-percent mask policy at TCSS.
TCSS New Mask Policy - Effective October 18, 2021
1. Masks will be highly recommended for all staff and students beginning October 18th.
2. At this point, we are going to use the student positive COVID cases as our primary metric.
3. If a school has 1% or more positive student cases, we will again require masks for that school only. The requirement may be lifted if the number of positive student cases drops back down the 0.5% or less. For example, if your school has 1,000 students, we will require masks if there are 10 or more positive student cases in that school. Once the number goes back down to 5 or less, we will go back to highly recommending the masks.
4. If we reach a critical mass of schools that are over 1% and are required to masks, we most likely will require them district wide again. What is a critical mass? It depends, but somewhere between 5 and 10 schools would probably give us enough concern to return to a full district mandate.
5. Masks will continue to be required on buses at all times in accordance with the CDC guidelines. Daily bus cleaning protocols will remain in effect.
6. All other COVID protocols will remain in effect (i.e., social distancing when possible, cleaning protocols, temperature screening, water stations, hand washing, visitor restrictions).
7. If we have a positive case in a school, contact tracing and quarantining will be handled as it is now. However, it is important to note that individuals who have been vaccinated and/or have a mask on will not have to be quarantined if he/she has direct contact with a positive COVID person.
Please refer to the Back to School Troup County webpage for information on our Back to School practices. Thank you.
Please note: In person and Troup County Virtual Academy classes began August 17, 2020. The information contained on this page is for reference when we first adhered to the Governor's Order mandating school close in March 2020.
TCSS Graduation Plans - May 7, 2020 @ 5:30 pm
TCSS Year-End Plans - April 18, 2020 @ 10:05 am
Responses to April Work Session Comments on FB Live - April 17, 2020 @ 10:00 am
Message from Troup County School System (May 7, 2020 @ 5:10 pm):
Dear Troup County School System Community:
Earlier this month, the Troup County School System (TCSS) officials were considering continuing with the traditional May graduation dates as stated on the system calendar. While these dates were seriously considered, due to the current state of the health crisis, the high school principals and district leadership have chosen to postpone the May graduation dates. However, the school system will move forward with hosting a virtual commencement, which will be aired in June, as well as conduct an in-person graduation in July if health conditions allow.
Dr. Brian Shumate, TCSS Superintendent, said, “We were truly considering moving forward with May graduation ceremonies as planned. We had to take multiple things into consideration before finalizing that decision. We have heard feedback from families, our educators, and our students. We would love to go ahead as planned, but it’s just too risky. The health and safety of our students and community is extremely important and safety will remain our focus in light of this national crisis.”
System officials said there was too many health uncertainties for the graduation services to continue as planned in May. They also noted the state continues to see a rise in cases, and they do not want a large gathering to contribute to that number. In addition, graduations in late July will allow the schools more time to respond to changes and allow for the chance that health concerns will stabilize.
Jonathan Laney, Callaway High Principal was in a recent meeting discussing graduation options and he said, “This may be the last time they (seniors) get together. We want to be able to look at the Class of 2020 as a group and recognize them for this monumental accomplishment.”
Troup High Principal Niki Watts added, “We have to keep our parents in mind, too. They want to see their babies walk across the stage as much as we do. This year, the way that looks will be a little different due to what healthcare concerns may be later in the summer, but we want to make it happen.”
Therefore, TCSS officials have now decided they will provide two ways for seniors to participate in graduation ceremonies. The first type of ceremony takes place Monday, June 15th using virtual methods. These will premiere on the Troup County School System’s Facebook page and be posted on each high school and the district’s website, troup.org, at the following times:
- 4:00 pm – Callaway High School Online Commencement Premier
- 6:00 pm – LaGrange High School Online Commencement Premier
- 8:00 pm – Troup High School Online Commencement Premier
The second type of ceremony will take place during in-person graduation ceremonies in July, if health conditions allow. Each ceremony will take place at 8:30 am at Callaway Stadium on the following dates:
- Thursday, July 23, 2020 – Callaway High School
- Friday, July 24, 2020 – Troup High School
- Saturday, July 25, 2020 – LaGrange High School
The morning start time reflects an opportunity to begin before the early afternoon heat impacts attendees and it will potentially reduce opportunities for large gatherings. District leadership says they will work with local employers to encourage parent attendance of the in-person graduation because the start times are during the work week.
In-person graduation dates and times are subject to change pending direction from local and state health officials. To accommodate physical distancing parameters within Callaway Stadium, and to limit safety concerns for graduates and attendees, the following considerations will be established:
- Each attendee will be encouraged to wear a mask or face covering.
- Each graduate will receive a limited number of tickets which will be determined at a later date.
“We all prefer the traditional graduation ceremony, but we realize that is just not practical during these unprecedented times. These options still allow us to have an in-person ceremony and allow the senior class of 2020 to gather together one last time. The virtual ceremony will allow those students who may already be gone to the military or college in July to still participate while giving all graduates a memento they can keep,” stated Alton White, Principal of LaGrange High.
Shumate concluded by saying, “What’s important is that we want to have the experience for our seniors and we are prepared to make that happen even if it looks different.”
TCSS Travel Update Letter to Community - March 12, 2020 12:20 pm
TCSS Letter to Employees and the Community - March 10, 2020 10:50 am
TCSS Activation Plan - March 10, 2020 10:41 am
TCSS Quick Reference Guide (Q/A) - March 10, 2020 10:40 am
COVID-19 Statement from State School Superintendent Richard Woods - March 10, 2020 10:35 am
COVID-19 Daily Key Points from the CDC - March 4, 2020 2:15 pm
COVID-19 One Pager from Georgia Department of Education - March 3, 2020 4:00 pm
COVID-19 Fact Sheet - March 3, 2020 10:03 am
Letter - Troup County School System to Employees and Community Members - February 29, 2020 5:00 pm
COVID-19 After Travel Precautions Health Alert from the CDC
COVID-19 Fact Sheet from the CDC
Press Release from Governor Brian Kemp - Two Cases in Georgia
COVID-19 Fact Sheet from CDC