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Dear GCSS Families:

After a spring unlike any before, I want to share with you our plans for the fall with the wellbeing of our students, teachers, staff and communities firmly in mind. As we begin preparing for the start of the 2020-21 school year, we know that we will soon face the enormous task of safely reopening our schools while, once again, navigating the educational terrain of this pandemic.

However, we also recognize that returning to a school building in this current climate has left many of our families with feelings of uneasiness.

After weeks of discussion with many stakeholders and our Return-to-School Task Force, we have taken into consideration the many challenges involved in reopening and understand that a one-size-fits-all plan is neither feasible nor appropriate.  These conversations were driven by a thorough review of the “Georgia’s Path to Recovery for K-12 Schools” guidance provided by the Georgia Department of Education and the Georgia Department of Public Health and in-depth assessments of our distance learning strategies this past spring.

While we want to safely bring back as many of our students as possible to in-person school settings, we felt it was in the best interests of our families to have them choose the classroom environment that maximizes learning and addresses our students’ holistic needs.

Starting Tuesday, June 30, GCSS families will have the option to select between traditional, face-to-face instruction and continuing to learn from home when school resumes on Tuesday, August 11.

If you opt for the online learning option, a Virtual Learning Registration form must be completed for each student.  Families with multiple children should complete one form for each child who will participate in virtual learning.  All registration forms must be submitted before 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 12, 2020. This will allow GCSS staff the opportunity to assign your child to a virtual class and provide the appropriate training to the virtual teacher.

Please keep in mind that if you select the virtual learning option, you will be committing to at least 9 weeks of at-home learning for elementary and middle school students or 1 semester for high school students. Parents/guardians will be required to participate in a meeting with school and district administrators to discuss teacher and student learning expectations. Those discussions will include attendance, assignments, grading and diagnostic assessments.

If your student is new to Glynn County Schools and not enrolled in our district, you will need to schedule an appointment with our Central Registration Office by visiting https://calendly.com/glynn-county-central-registration/session.  This must be done prior to submitting the Virtual Learning Registration form.

We understand the challenges of virtual learning and want to support our students in creating a manageable, organized framework for themselves.  We look forward to hearing from you and working together to plan for our students’ individual and collective success in the new school year.

Best regards,

Scott Spence

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On Friday, the Worcester School Committee decided it’s unlikely all students will be back in class.

“The school system will focus on developing a hybrid model – some students in the class and some at home.

“Rather than think about we need three plans, we need to be demonstrating feasibility. Well, all of us who are familiar with 25,000 kids and 4,500 employees and 50 buildings know precisely how feasible it is to try get them all back with health and safety. It’s not, so we’re gonna show that it’s not will show that and then we move ahead with the rest of this,” said school committee member Tracy O’Connell Novick

The school system plans to remove all furniture from classrooms, and carpenters will install clear plastic barriers. Custodian hours will be adjusted to allow for extra cleaning.

Worcester is also asking for parents’ feedback. In the next few weeks, parents will receive a survey to voice their opinions about how schools should be run in the fall.

In Wellesley, the school officials are seeking parent feedback before deciding how to move forward. The district will also create three focus groups, so school officials can hear about any concerns from parents directly.

The Wellesley School District plans to hold a virtual community update on July 9. Parents are asked to submit their surveys by July 10.

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