For the third consecutive year Prevent Child Abuse Bulloch County and United Way of Southeast Georgia are sponsoring Stuff the Bus, an annual back-to-school supply drive for Bulloch County children in need. Donations of supplies are being collected now through Aug. 5. “We partner with Bulloch County Schools' social workers, who communicate directly with school counselors who have identified children at their respective schools who are in need of school supplies," said Lora Cooper, executive director of Prevent Child Abuse Bulloch County.
Citizens who wish to help can drop off school supply donations at the following locations: Farmers & Merchants Bank, Core Credit Union, BB&T, Sea Island Bank, Queensborough National Bank, Renasant Bank, and Citizens Bank. According to Cooper, kindergarten mats and book bags are the most needed items. A flyer is attached below with other suggested items.
"We assist children and their families by collecting reserve supplies that can be tapped into now and throughout the year as children run out of these much needed school necessities.”
Bob Olliff, executive director of United Way of Southeast Georgia added, “We are hopeful that our efforts will help the children in our school system to have a successful school year."
Prevent Child Abuse Bulloch County and United Way of Southeast Georgia are also joining with Trinity Episcopal Church and St. Matthew Catholic Church, two long-time supporters of the Stuff the Bus campaign. Other partners are always welcome. For more information on Stuff the Bus 2016 and how you can help, please call the Outreach Center office at (912) 489-8547 or the United Way office at (912) 489-8475.
Bulloch County Schools’ national accreditation process is underway. Parents and guardians are encouraged to give anonymous feedback about the school system’s performance via print or online surveys available through August 31. A link to the survey is available on the district’s website www.bulloch.k12.ga.us and paper surveys are available at each school, beginning with Open House on July 28, and at the Central Office. The printed surveys are available in both English and Spanish.
(You may select and complete a survey for each school where you have a child)
The surveys are prepared and reviewed by AdvancEd, who oversees the accreditation process every five years. AdvancEd is the parent organization of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).
Input from the school district’s stakeholders is a key part of the accreditation process. AdvancED will also conduct interviews with focus groups of administrators, teachers, parents/guardians, students, and Board members and make on-site visits to schools and classrooms. School system employees and kindergarten through 12th-grade students will also be surveyed. Parents/guardians who do not wish for their child to be surveyed, should notify their child’s school in writing by August 5.
This school year the Bulloch County Board of Education and school system administrators will conduct in-depth self-assessments and work with an eight-person quality assurance review team from AdvancED. The team will spend time in the system conducting an extensive internal audit of the school system’s adherence to AdvancED’s standards.
Bulloch County Schools was previously awarded District Accreditation in September 2011. In that accreditation, Bulloch County Schools received a “Highly Functional” rating for AdvancEd’s Vision and Purpose Standard, and “Operational,” the second highest rating, for all remaining standards. The team commended the District for its caring and nurturing environments for students, its teaching force, and the genuine love that students, parents and personnel have for their schools.
Other previous areas of commendation were the following: (1) District’s proactive fiscal planning and actions that have placed the system on a firm financial foundation during turbulent economic times; (2) commitment to fine arts; (3) a technology plan that was developed, implemented and supported with effective training; (4) value placed on human resources; and (5) effective communication.
The 2011 team also noted three areas for improvement: (1) develop and implement strategic planning to tie all aspects of current long and short-range planning together; (2) establishing additional avenues for input from all stakeholders; and (3) developing a specific plan to address population growth of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) students and other subgroups that continue to be underserved within the system.
The AdvancED accreditation process occurs every five years and is used as an internal evaluation and improvement tool. School systems participating in the process demonstrate a commitment to providing quality education programs aimed at improving student performance.
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Parents and legal guardians of children, who will be new to Bulloch County Schools for the coming school year, should register children for school before August 1, the first day of classes. All school offices are open July 11 - July 29, 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Monday - Friday to register students. Visit the Back to School Toolkit for registration forms and a checklist of documentation you will need at www.bulloch.k12.ga.us/backtoschool.
If your child attended Bulloch County Schools last year, but you have moved to a different school zone or were approved for a transfer to a new zone, please contact your previous school to request a transfer of records and contact your new school to register. Like with new students, this should be completed prior to August 1, the first day of school.