White County Schools - A Georgia Charter System


White County School System


Superintendent Dr. Laurie Burkett

White County School System believes that education is a community effort and never has that been more evident than in the past four months. We are grateful for your support, encouragement, and input as we have worked together in developing our reopening plan. We recognize that information is rapidly changing and we are doing our best to prepare for the upcoming year with the information we have available.

As we move toward the start of a new year, our team is emphasizing flexibility while still maintaining high-quality educational opportunities for all students. WCSS Leadership Team has been working diligently to develop a comprehensive reopening plan for our staff and students this fall. Our plan reflects guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Georgia Department of Education (GADOE), state and local health officials, and input from the community.

At this time, WCSS plans to begin the 2020-21 school year for teachers and staff as scheduled on August 3, 2020. Students will return on August 14, 2020. Please note that this is a change from our original calendar. For those students not ready to return to face-to-face instruction, a Digital/Distance Learning option will be available. Our Reopening Plan for the 2020-21 school year can be found at www.white.k12.ga.us.

We are Warrior Strong! and We are BACK!

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

(Click for more information - Updated June 24, 2020 2:15 PM)

PRESS RELEASE 🔘 JUNE 24, 2020 2:15 PM

Superintendent Dr. Laurie Burkett

I want to thank you for your patience, support and flexibility over the past few months as we have navigated through these pandemic times. As we look towards the upcoming school year, we believe that it is essential that we get our students back in our schools and we want to do this in the safest way possible.

As of today, June 24, 2020, the White County School System is planning to return to in-school instruction on August 7, 2020. As guidance is constantly changing, White County School System is being mindful as we finalize what the new normal of in-school instruction will look like. Using guidance from the Georgia Department of Education, the CDC, as well as state and local health officials, our administrators and school leaders are actively engaged in working to open our schools safely and efficiently. Next week, June 29-July 3, our school offices will be closed. Beginning the week of July 6, 2020, we will begin to release detailed information regarding our Reopening Plan. While our current plans encourage face-to-face instruction, a virtual option will also be available.

Please know that the White County School System is committed to serving our students, staff and community. We are working tirelessly to ensure that your children receive the best education in the safest environment possible. We are very excited about starting the 2020-2021 school year.

Be healthy, be safe and #WCBEMORE!


PRESS RELEASE 🔘 APRIL 17, 2020 12:30 PM

White County School System


Superintendent Dr. Laurie Burkett

The COVID-19 pandemic is presenting unprecedented challenges in Georgia and across the country. The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) is working with districts as we maneuver this uncharted territory. WCSS, along with GaDOE, is making every effort to take into consideration the magnitude of the pandemic and the effect it has had, and will have, on the lives of our students, families and educators.

➢Will lunches still be delivered? The current schedule of meal distribution will continue until May 22, 2020. Summer meal distribution will begin Monday, June 1, 2020. Check our website for the most up-to-date schedule for meal distribution.

➢What should students who still have personal items inside the school building do? A detailed schedule for pick-up of materials and other belongings will be provided once the Governor’s Executive Order for the shelter-in place is lifted. Personal items may include yearbooks, student desk/locker contents, etc.

➢If we received a chromebook from the school, what should we do? A detailed schedule for returning chromebooks will be provided once the Governor’s Executive Order for the shelter-in place is lifted.

➢Will high school graduation and other schools’ end-of-year activities still take place? We are committed to honoring our students, particularly those in the Class of 2020 who have been impacted by this most unprecedented time. While our celebrations at each school may look different, we will continue to celebrate our students and their accomplishments.

✭✭✭Class of 2020 - Please save the following dates: May 22nd - Drive-in Graduation; July 24 - Prom;

July 25 - Traditional Graduation; August 21 - Senior Yearbook Party. ✭✭✭

➢Will we still get report cards? Report cards will be mailed no later than the beginning of June. K-8 students will receive notification of grade placement on their report card. Placement for students in grades 9-12 will be based on the number of credits earned. No student will be penalized for situations beyond his or her control.

The week of May 4-8 will be the final week for new material/instruction. The final packet pick-up will be on Monday, May 4th. All student work should be completed and returned by May 11th.

➢When will Kindergarten registration be held? We recognize that Kindergarten registration is a special event and may be the first school experience some students and parents have. Because of this, we would like to hold this event in-person, and will wait to reschedule Kindergarten registration until we have further guidance about these types of events.

➢What about ESY plans? This situation continues to evolve, but at this time, we do not anticipate hosting face to face summer learning opportunities for students who are eligible for extended school year (ESY), some instruction may be provided for small groups of students in an online format. More guidance will be provided no later than May 1st.



White County School System

Superintendent Dr. Laurie Burkett

Please see the meal plan beginning April 13, 2020. Lunch and breakfast sacks will be provided for any White

County School System student at the following locations and times:

▸ Bryant Street Community Center 11:00AM

▸ Kinsey Town Bus Route 11:00AM-11:45AM

(Includes Dean Mtn., Stovall, Pless Rd., Holiness Campground Rd., & Goat Neck)

▸ Partin Road Route 11:15AM-12:00PM

(Includes Mobile Home Dr., Mary Ellen, Pines, Oak Ridge, Briarwood Drive, Partin Rd.)

▸ Whitehall Commons Apartments 11:15AM

▸ Oak Springs Community Center 11:15AM

(Including Cloverdale)

▸ 129 South Route 11:30AM-12:00PM

(Includes Leisure Acres side of Westmoreland Rd., Eagle Rock, Wooten Rd., Shadow Mtn.)

▸ Bethel Baptist Church 11:30AM

▸ Cleveland City Park 11:30AM

▸ Shoal Creek Baptist Church 11:30AM

▸ Lanier Ridge Apartments 11:35AM

(Including Mt. Valley)

▸ Brookwood Village 11:45AM

▸ Helen Library 12:00PM

▸ Sunny Ridge Apartments 12:00PM

▸ White Street 12:00PM

▸ Linda’s Convenience Store 12:15PM

▸ Mossy Acres Mobile Home Park 12:15PM

▸ Mt. View Baptist Church 12:30PM

▸ Virgil Hunt 12:40PM

White County Middle School will continue to operate the drive-thru at the front of the building where meals will

be brought out to the cars from 11:30AM-12:30PM.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.



White County School System


Superintendent Dr. Laurie Burkett

In accordance with Governor Kemp’s newest Executive Order, White County Schools will remain closed for in-person instruction for the remainder of the school year. We will continue with our Instructional Continuity Plan and learning from home. In the coming days, we will be working with the Georgia Department of Education to address the questions that will arise as a result of this action.

The White County School System will observe the scheduled spring break

April 6th-10th, 2020. On Monday, April 13th, our teachers will be ready to reconnect with, engage and teach our students. We will finish this school year Warrior Strong!

As a reminder, meal distribution will resume after spring break on April 13th and continue to be available. The list of locations for pick-up can be found at the school website at https://www.white.k12.ga.us/.

Please continue to check the website often for updates. Thank you for your patience and support as we work to ensure that our students are learning and have all the resources they need to get through these unprecedented times.

PRESS RELEASE 🔘 MARCH 26, 2020 12:45 p.m.

Superintendent Dr. Laurie Burkett

In accordance with Governor Kemp’s newest Executive Order, White County Schools will remain closed for in-person instruction through April 24, 2020. During the closure, we will continue with our Instructional Continuity Plan and learning from home. Please remember we will observe Spring Break the week of April 6-10, 2020.

Lunch and breakfast will continue to be available at thirteen locations as well as at the middle school drive-thru from 11:30AM-12:30PM, Monday-Friday. Meals will be available the weeks of March 23-27, March 30-April 3, 2020, April 13-17, 2020 and April 20-24, 2020. The list of locations for pick-up can be found at the school website at https://www.white.k12.ga.us/.

Please continue to check the website often for updates and observe the CDC’s 15 Days to Slow the Spread document available on our website as we all work together to be healthy, be safe and #WCBEMORE.


Previous updates:

Covid-19 Press release March 4, 2020





PRESS RELEASE - MARCH 17, 2020 10:30AM

Meal plan for the week of March 23-27, 2020

PRESS RELEASE - MARCH 24, 2020 11:30AM

White County Food Processing Center
System Signals
Georgia School Grades Reports
GSBA Quality School Board
Welcome To Mossy Creek Elementary School - Award Winning Georgia Family-Frendly Partnership School
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About White County Schools

White County Public Charter School System is committed to Knowing, Valuing, and Inspiring Every Child. We are a high performing school system located in Northeast Georgia. We have 7 schools including 4 elementary schools, 1 middle school, and ninth grade academy, and a high school. All of our elementary schools have been named Georgia High Performing and High Progress Schools by the Georgia Department of Education and the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement. Mossy Creek Elementary School was named as one of five schools in state as , “Family Friendly Partnership School.” Mount Yonah Elementary is a National Blue Ribbon School. White County Middle School has been named a Georgia “Breakout School” by the Georgia Secondary School Principals Association. White County High School has been named to the U.S. News and World Report's “Best High Schools in the Nation” list and by the Washington Post’s “Nation’s Most Challenging High Schools”. White County High School was also named , “The Flagship School” for the Georgia Governor’s Go Build Georgia Initiative. Our school system has been name the “Number One Innovative Technology School System in the Nation for Medium Size School Systems” by the Digital Trends Magazine and the National School Boards Association.

White County School System has consistently seen a graduation rate of 95% for all students and 75% for students with special needs. We are among the top 15 school systems in Georgia based on the state College and Career Readiness Index.

White County High School graduates leave our schools and are making major impact on the community, states and nations where they live. White County Public Charter School System has partnered with these students along with their teachers, coaches, and parents to prepare these young people for their next steps. In White County, we are blessed with a wonderful group of teachers, staff and administrators who are actively participating in professional learning, strategic planning, school improvement and the study of student data to ensure we continue to improve student achievement.

We have a supportive community who has supported our E-SPLOST for the construction of new Career, Technology, and Agricultural Education space, high school renovations, and a new ninth grade academy and an auxiliary gym. This is such an exciting time for us.

Our elementary schools have committed to improving reading instruction through the use of a balanced-literacy model which engages our students in guided reading, shared reading, independent reading, word-study and vocabulary development along with guided, shared and independent writing. We are seeing results as our students are becoming better readers and writers.

White County Public Charter School System’s Board of Education is committed to supporting the delivery of a world class educational experience for each and every student. As a system, we will continue to strengthen the use of technology in all of our classrooms and by continuing our Chromebook One-on-One Initiative in all of our schools. We also encourage students to “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) to school as students have the technology available to them at home. We have classroom IPad and Chromebook sets at each school and our teacher use these on a daily basis and will soon be one-on-one k-12. The White County Public Charter School System is committed to the development of personalized learning platforms, blended learning, and the infusion of technology into every White County learning environment. We are continuing to increase rigor as we bring Advanced Placement and dual enrollment opportunities to our high school students.

We are a charter school system which values the input of our parents and community. We share school level governance with all stakeholders together to craft a common vision for our schools and our school system. As a charter system, we are committed to a transparent and continuous school and system improvement process that will prepare our students for success in a global society.

We are a very good school system, but the best is yet to come. Our improvement efforts will continue to require high expectations and a positive climate for success. A culture of success and high expectations is not possible without the support of everyone in our community. This concept only becomes reality when every individual is willing to grow and foster a culture of excellence in education. We depend on all of our stakeholder groups and community partners to strategically move our school system forward during challenging times. Our Board, teachers, staff and administrators, remain committed and focused on providing all of our students with the guidance, leadership and instruction that will prepare them for success in college and careers. We are all “Proud to Be Warriors!”

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AP Honors School - White County High School
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Vision Statement

Inspire and equip each student to be a world changer.

Mission Statement

To develop well rounded students and prepare them for life.

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