Elementary students will resume in-person learning Sept. 13

STAFF REPORT ::: Griffin-Spalding County School System elementary school students will resume in-person education Monday, Sept. 13. Middle and high school students will continue in virtual learning mode for at least one more week. These students will not resume in-person education before at least Sept. 20. Officials say the phased approach is being utilized to […]

COVID case count increase sparks mask requirement in Griffin-Spalding schools

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Officials of the Griffin-Spalding County School System today announced a revision to its mask policy, now requiring students and staff to wear masks while on campus and in district offices. This change, effective immediately, is in response to an increase in the number of positive COVID-19 cases this weekend. “I realize […]

Critical Race Theory has not been, will not be taught in Griffin-Spalding public schools: superintendent

STAFF REPORT ::: Griffin-Spalding County School Superintendent Keith Simmons has confirmed that Critical Race Theory is not being taught in Spalding County public schools. Simmons addressed the issue at the conclusion of the June 15 Board of Education work session. “I want to be clear. In the Griffin-Spalding County School System, we do not teach […]

GSCSS announces high school graduation schedules, prom cancellations

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin-Spalding County School System has announced the 2021 graduation schedule for Griffin and Spalding high schools and A.Z. Kelsey Academy. Also announced on Friday was the cancelation of proms for all Griffin-Spalding County high schools. The Griffin High School graduation ceremony will be conducted at 7 p.m. May 26 at Memorial […]

In-person school cancelled for Thursday due to potential severe weather forecast

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Due to the forecast of severe weather, the Griffin-Spalding County School System has cancelled in-person learning for Thursday, March 18. All after school activities are also cancelled. The day will instead be considered a “catch-up day” during which they are asked to use their Chromebooks to complete any outstanding assignments or […]

Griffin High teacher and coach Bart Pinckney dies

SHEILA A. MATHEWS  ::: Griffin High School Coach Bartonia “Bart” Pinckney has passed away following an extended hospitalization. Pinckney was a math teacher and coached football, basketball and track at Griffin High School. During his 13-year career with the Griffin-Spalding County School System, he also taught at Spalding High School and Carver Road Middle School. […]

Griffin-Spalding County schools to continue distance learning through March 1

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin-Spalding County School System will continue distance learning until March 1, when in-person learning will resume. School officials say Spalding County has maintained high COVID-19 counts since before the school system’s Christmas break. Area hospitals remain full and some continue to defer patients elsewhere. Griffin-Spalding County School System (GSCSS) officials on […]

Keith Simmons named superintendent of Griffin-Spalding County School System

STAFF REPORT ::: Keith Simmons, the former principal of Griffin High School, has been named superintendent of the Griffin-Spalding County School System. Simmons’ appointment was announced during a Tuesday afternoon special called meeting of the Spalding County Board of Education. Simmons is a veteran educator, having served as a teacher, coach, dean of students, assistant […]

School officials extend at-home learning at least two additional weeks

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin-Spalding County School System has extended at-home learning two additional weeks. School system officials say this decision was based on increasing COVID-19 numbers in the Griffin-Spalding County community, which have resulted in hospitals filling and diverting patients elsewhere. GSCSS district leaders on Friday met with a regional epidemiologist from the Georgia […]

BREAKING NEWS: All Griffin-Spalding public school in-person learning cancelled

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin-Spalding County School System will revert to at-home distance learning following the Christmas break. According to Interim Superintendent Donald Warren, this change is due to an increase in Spalding County COVID-19 cases. “Out of an abundance of caution, due to the current increase in COVID-19 cases in Spalding County, GSCS students […]

GSCSS interim superintendent alters second semester in-person schedule

STAFF REPORT ::: Griffin-Spalding County School System Interim Superintendent Dr. Donald Warren has announced an alteration to the second semester of the 2020-2021 school year that will provide eight learning days for all in-person and remote learning students. The eight days will be asynchronous – on alternating Fridays during the semester – on which all […]

Second local school shuts down in-person learning after COVID-19 outbreak

STAFF REPORT ::: For the second time in as many days, COVID-19 has caused the shutdown of in-person learning in a Spalding County school. The Griffin-Spalding County School System on Tuesday announced that Cowan Road Middle School students will be switching to remote learning for the remainder of this week. All students will resume virtual […]

COVID-19 disrupts Griffin High School in-person learning for remainder of week

STAFF REPORT ::: Positive COVID-19 tests for two Griffin High School staff members has resulted in the closure of the school for the remainder of this week. Griffin-Spalding County School System officials say those two staff members have been in close contact with a number of other staff members. As a precaution, the exposed staff […]

Dr. Donald Warren named GSCSS interim school superintendent

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin-Spalding County Board of Education on Tuesday appointed Dr. Donald Warren as interim superintendent. Warren, who serves as executive director of secondary education, will begin his role as interim superintendent Dec. 1 and will hold that position until the hiring process concludes, and a new superintendent is in place. As executive […]

Griffin High students face felony, other criminal charges

STAFF REPORT ::: Two Griffin High School students are facing multiple criminal charges – including one felony each – after a Thursday afternoon incident involving officers the Griffin Police Department. GPD Cpl. Chris Webb responded to GHS upon the request of Assistance Principal Dr. Douglas Wheeler, who reported a student causing a disturbance. “Wheeler was […]