How to Survive and Thrive Homeschooling during COVID-19
Great tips by our Head of Schools, Ms. Christina Guillen
Dear 7 Pillars Families,
The reported spread of COVID-19 in the United States continues to be a concern for us all. 7 Pillars Career Academy continues to work to ensure it is prepared to take appropriate actions based on the guidance received from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Georgia Department of Public Health, Clayton County Public Schools and the Georgia Department of Education. I have included announcements from the Georgia Department of Education regarding state testing. At this time 7 Pillars Career Academy has suspended GAA and Georgia Milestones testing. Additional information will be shared regarding promotion retention policies once CCPS and GDOE has shared further information. Thank you for your continued patience as we make necessary changes based on information and recommendations from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Georgia Department of Public Health, Clayton County Public Schools and the Georgia Department of Education.
Superintendent Woods suspends state testing administration,
accountability requirements; other COVID-19 updates
March 16, 2020 – As the COVID-19 outbreak continues and many public schools are closed to ensure the safety of students and staff, State School Superintendent Richard Woods is suspending the following until further notice:
· State assessment window/administration (including Georgia Milestones EOGs and EOCs, the Georgia Alternate Assessment/GAA 2.0, and all other required testing)
· Teacher and leader evaluation (TKES/LKES) requirements and reporting
State-level attendance-related consequences (including CCRPI, TKES/LKES, School Climate Star Rating, and make-up day requirements)
“Right now, schools’ focus needs to be on the safety of their students and staff,” Superintendent Woods said. “The focus should be first and foremost on health and safety, then on flexible and creative ways to keep learning and growing. It’s common sense: testing and accountability requirements should not place an additional burden on students, parents, and educators during this time, and they will not in Georgia.”
At the State Board of Education meeting on March 27 (which will be conducted via teleconference),
Superintendent Woods will recommend the approval of a package of waivers, including suspension of the 20% course grade requirement for the Georgia Milestones EOC.
The Georgia Department of Education will seek the maximum authority and waivers afforded by the U.S. Department of Education and other federal agencies to accommodate this ever-evolving situation. Click here for the most recent guidance from the U.S. Department of Education regarding assessment and accountability during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Please review previous emails (March 12-14) sent to All parents from our Head of Schools
Ms. Christina Guillen in reference to class assignments.
7 Pillars Team