Category Archives: Safety

Marietta City Schools, First in the Nation with Stop the Bleed Kits on Each School Bus

In mid-March, all Marietta City School bus drivers and monitors attended a three-day training to become American Heart Association certified in CPR, First Aid and Stop the Bleed Certified. The training was organized and led by MCS Head Athletic Trainer, Jeff Hopp and Project Save at Children’s Health Care of Atlanta.

The Stop the Bleed campaign was launched by the Georgia Trauma Foundation in 2017 to put the knowledge gained by first responders and our military into the hands of the public to help save lives by stopping uncontrolled bleeding in emergency situations. If bleeding is severe, it can kill within minutes, potentially before trained responders can arrive. Research has shown that bystanders, with little or no medical training, can become heroic lifesavers. Similar to the use of CPR or automatic defibrillators (AED), improving public awareness about how to stop severe bleeding can be the difference between life and death for an injured person.

“Marietta City Schools as a whole is 100% committed to student safety,” said MCS Director of Transportation, Kimberly Ellis. “We are constantly looking for ways to improve, and this is just one more tool we have available to keep our students safe.”

WellStar Kennestone Hospital initiated Stop the Bleed training with MCS educators in 2017. Jeff Hopp shared that he and Marietta High School Assistant Principal, Jason Meade were apart of that initial training and made a commitment to lead the training for the school system. Since then MCS has trained approximately 350 staff members including the bus drivers and monitors that completed the training in March.

WellStar Kennestone Hospital has also partnered with MCS by providing Stop the Bleed Kits for each of the district’s school buses making, Marietta City Schools the first in the nation to do so. Ellis said the plan is to have them on the school buses by the time students return from spring break in April.

Possible Inclement Weather – Week of January 27, 2019

Dear MCS Families,

I wanted to give you an update regarding possible inclement weather that may hit our area Tuesday morning.

At this point, it’s too early to tell exactly what we will get and when; however, the chance of inclement weather impacting school on Tuesday is a strong possibility.

Please know we will continue to collaborate with various state and regional agencies as well as other metro-Atlanta school districts – our priority is to make a coordinated decision that shows the greatest degree of safety and consideration for your family, our students, and employees.

We have several conference calls Monday with the National Weather Service – look for us to provide you with an update as early in the day as possible.  At the very latest, I will update our MCS families via email and social media by 5:00 p.m. Monday.  If and when the decision is made to not open school as normal on Tuesday, we will send an email, text message, and automated call to all MCS families.

As always, thank you for your patience and understanding as we try to predict the unpredictable.


Grant Rivera, Ed.D.

MCAA Sees Gymnasium Updates

47003330_1976422865995688_3292636110819164160_nNew gym floors greeted students at Marietta Center for Advanced Academics (MCAA) when they returned from Thanksgiving break.

Students were introduced to their new athletic space this week, where Coach Rivers reinforced the rules and guidelines of using the new space with students during P.E. classes. The hardwood floors featuring a newly redesigned MCAA rocket logo replaced carpet that had served as a gym floor for many years at the school.

“We are excited to update this space at MCAA,” said Marietta’s Assistant Superintendent of Operations Erick Hofstetter. “We have a big vision for our Marietta facilities, and providing students with top notch spaces to learn and play are a priority.”

During the October 2018 Board of Education (BOE) meeting, the BOE approved new gym floors for three of the district’s elementary schools, including MCAA. The district expects to spend $114,900 on the improvements which are funded by E-SPLOST V.


Marietta Launches New ‘Uber-Like’ Bus App

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Marietta City Schools introduces “Marietta Ride 360,” a mobile application from Traversa which gives an MCS family the ability to access bus routes, stops, pick-ups and drop-offs in real time using GPS technology. Parents can find the app in iTunes or Google Play Store by searching for TRAVERSA RIDE 360.        

“We have a responsibility to over-communicate with our MCS families when their child is on a school bus,” said Superintendent Grant Rivera. “Marietta Ride 360 is a smartphone app, much like Uber, that will detail both the location of a bus and the exact arrival time. No more guessing and no more waiting.”

Parents and guardians will also be able to share the information with others if they so choose. “Marietta City Schools is the second school district in Georgia to offer this service from Traversa, one of the nation’s leaders in routing software,” said Assistant Superintendent of Operations, Erick Hofstetter. “Our transportation team has worked tirelessly over the last year to bring this GPS technology to Marietta City Schools.  Our goal has always been to make the life of an MCS family just a bit easier – we are excited about doing just that with this new app.”

Parents with questions about the new service can call the MCS transportation office at 770-429-3110. Visit for more details.


MCS Practices Emergency Reunification Drills

42147895_10156297797936154_660300004274995200_oToday, with the help and support of Marietta, Georgia Police Department and Marietta Fire Department we had a chance to prove that we are only as prepared as we practice.

This morning, the district conducted a successful small-scale emergency reunification drill at MHS. This drill was conducted in collaboration with Marietta Police Department, Marietta Fire Department, MHS administration, and central office staff. The purpose of this drill was to simulate an emergency response and practice the reunification of students and families.

A big thank you to everyone involved. We appreciate your support of our safety and security efforts.