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January 2021, Vol. 19, No. 4
GCPS Scenes from...
Ivy Creek Elementary's Blue Bots in Action
Ivy Creek Elementary 1st graders programmed Blue Bots to sequence the life cycles of animals during Computer Science Education Week in early December.
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Schools and offices closed Jan. 18 for MLK Day, transition to digital instruction for Jan. 19-22
A calendar reminder… All GCPS schools and offices will be closed on MLK Day—Monday, Jan. 18. Students and staff will return to teaching and learning on Tuesday, Jan. 19, in a 100% digital environment. CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks announced that GCPS will temporarily transition all in-person learners to digital instruction for the week of Jan. 19-22 due to staff affected by COVID-19 and a shortage of substitutes. The shift to digital learning next week for all students, coupled with the observance of MLK Day on Jan. 18, will provide the time needed for many of our employees who are currently quarantined to return to work. GCPS will offer meal service during this transition to digital learning (Jan. 19-22). On these days, meals will be available for curbside pick-up at schools, and, the district will deliver meals along all bus routes countywide. District leaders will monitor the COVID situation and its effects on staffing to determine its ability to resume in-person instruction on Monday, Jan. 25. Updates regarding the return to in-person learning will be shared on the district website and through SchoolMessenger messages to families and staff.
Katie Blum of Sugar Hill Elementary School
Congratulations to Katie Blum,
GCPS 2021 Teacher of the Year

On Dec. 10, Katie Blum of Sugar Hill Elementary School was named Gwinnett County Public Schools’ (GCPS) 2021 Teacher of the Year (TOTY) and Elementary Teacher of the Year. Kelley Donovan of Coleman Middle School is Middle School Teacher of the Year, and Philip Peavy of Paul Duke STEM High School is the High School Teacher of the Year.

Watch the recorded event on the GCPS TV website or through the GCPS TV app, available for download from Apple, Google Play, on Amazon Fire devices, and Roku. Learn more about these honored teachers online.
L-R: Board Members Karen Watkins, Dr. Mary Kay Murphy, and Dr. Tarece Johnson
Gwinnett Board of Education recognizes outgoing
and newly elected Board Members
At its December meeting, the Gwinnett County Board of Education saluted its outgoing Board members Carole C. Boyce and Louise Radloff, and welcomed Karen Watkins and Dr. Tarece Johnson, incoming Board Members representing Districts I and V, respectively. Dr. Mary Kay Murphy was re-elected to her seat for District III.
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Reminder: GCPS' School Nutrition Program
to provide meals through the end of the school year
A reminder for 2nd semester: The Gwinnett County School Nutrition Program is providing breakfast and lunch on school days to all Gwinnett children, ages 18 and younger, at no charge through the end of the school year, including children who are not school-aged and children who are not GCPS students. (Note that GCPS does not provide meals on weekends or on scheduled student holidays.) GCPS encourages families who are eligible for the Free and Reduced-Price Meal Program to complete the annual application to ensure meal benefits continue when this waiver expires. Note that those eligible for free- and reduced-priced meals may be able to access other types of public assistance or services that may be available during this pandemic.
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Save the date: Special Education Virtual Teacher Career Fair, set for Sat., Jan. 30
Georgia's largest and best school system is looking for Special Education stars to join its award-winning team! Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) will host a Special Education Virtual Teacher Career Fair on Sat., Jan. 30, from 9 a.m. to noon. Contracts of Employment for the 2021-22 school year will be offered.

Other exciting opportunities to join the GCPS team include:
  • Gwinnett County Public Schools is hiring substitute teachers! This involves going out to local schools and providing instruction through an in-person, digital, or hybrid format. You get to choose the assignments that you accept and determine your own schedule! Daily rates range from $98/day to $120/day. Learn more and apply online (posting #68471).
  • Competitive salary, excellent benefits, paid training, summers off, a flashy company car, and the opportunity to drive student success! GCPS needs bus drivers. Apply online (posting #66966).
  • GCPS is hiring part- and full-time custodial staff for its schools and facilities. Review positions and apply online.
Mask up, Lather up, Sleeve up for flu awareness
Not too late to roll your #SleeveUp to fight flu
This year, getting a flu vaccination is more important than ever to reduce the risk of flu for yourself, your family, and the community and ensure healthcare resources can be used to fight COVID. Click here to learn more about protecting yourself from the flu.
Calendar pages
Calendar notes...
  • On Mon., Jan. 18, all GCPS schools and offices are closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
  • The Gwinnett County Board of Education will hold its next meeting in person on Thurs., Jan. 21. The work session and business meeting are available online for viewing through GCPS TV and links are posted the next day.
  • Find the 2020-21 calendar and the 2021-22 calendar online.
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