Schools proceeding with plans to reopen August 5

With only a few weeks remaining, Seminole County School System officials continue to finalize plans to reopen Seminole County Schools on August 5. 

Seminole County School Superintendent Mark Earnest commented, “I realize that this back to school season is weighing heavily on your minds, as it is ours. Please rest assured that the leadership of our system has been working hard to stay current with agency guidelines related to the safe operation of schools.” 

The school system, in its plan to reopen local schools, is using the guidelines received from the Georgia Department of Education, Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, one of the most challenging aspects of this work is that the guidelines and restrictions continue to evolve. “We greatly appreciate your patience and understanding during this time as we continue to plan for a safe re-entry for all students and staff,” added Earnest.

Feedback gathered from surveys given to students, parents, and team members is also being considered as the school system prepare for the 2020-2021 school year. 

As of today, Seminole County Schools will reopen on Wednesday, August 5; however, any executive order by Governor Kemp could potentially change the school’s start date.

Instruction will be conducted in person, in Seminole County school buildings with safety precautions in place throughout the school day. The details of those safety protocols are being developed and will be released when finalized.

The school system is developing plans to work with families for whom in-person instruction is not an option. Details regarding how we support these families and their students’ learning will be released once finalized.

“The district feels it is important that we continue to work on the details and release our final plan once we feel we have thoroughly looked at all options. We want to ensure that we are providing a safe learning environment that provides students with an opportunity to thrive,” said Earnest.

Updates to this information as it becomes available will be posted in the Donalsonville News, donalsonvillenews.com and on the school system’s websites.

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