It is the first week of school and nothing is the same.
If your kids go to school in Cobb County, you know that all too well. The biggest differences are:
Everything is online.
Cobb County started August 17, but classes are online only until further notice. The start date is already two weeks later than the scheduled start of August 3. The county originally planned to offer both an in-person and online option. But, after a spike in cases locally, the county decided to move to a phased approach. When kids do go back, it will be a phased roll out. You can see the plan at this link.
For some families who cannot school from home due to work, etc,, East Cobb Snobs rounded up a list of paid drop camps that have facilitators observing the students. An added bonus is many have group activities during between breaks. YMCA centers may have low cost options for those in need.
Students can access online learning through a single portal, called the Cobb Teaching and Learning System. The online portal has both a student and a parent component, so that caretakers can be involved in the student’s education. The first few days were bumpy, but it appears to be smoother than last year’s transition to virtual.
Athletics are operating under different guidelines and schedules.
All fall sports are scheduled to continue: football, volleyball, softball, cheerleading, and cross country. But, crowd capacity and transportation will be limited. Many dates for large competitions are pushed back. Football is still scheduled to begin on September 4, but this is also subject to changed based on COVID-19 data prior to that start date.
There is an off-campus meal plan for students who want to participate.
The plan provides meal kits (breakfast and lunch) on Monday afternoons that last the entire week. The cost is $23.99 per student, unless the student qualifies for free or reduced lunch. For more information about the Off Campus Meal Plan, click this link.
While we know these changes can make life challenging, we hope all our East Cobb families can enjoy the brighter side of schooling from home. Whether you are doing Cobb County back to school in your pajamas at the kitchen table or in your swimsuit on a beach somewhere, East Cobb SNOBS wishes you a happy (and healthy) school year!