Local schools to reopen for in-person instruction August 12th

Online Distance Learning Option information meeting set for July 30

 

The Seminole County School System is proceeding with plans to open all schools for in-person instruction on Wednesday, August 12. 

The school system’s guidelines for returning to school for in-person instruction in the Fall included in the system’s COVID-19 Roadmap to Reopening plan is available for viewing on the Seminole County Board of Education website. Visit www.seminole.k12.ga.us

An alternative online option is available  for the 2020-21 school term and discussion meetings with all interested parties about online distance learning options will be held on Thursday, July 30 at the Seminole County Elementary School Auditorium. 

Parents and guardians for Kindergarten through fifth grade students will meet in person at 6 p.m.

Parents and guardians for sixth twelfth grade students will meet in person at 7 p.m.

 In order to maintain CDC social distancing recommendations, a maximum of two parents or guardian will be allowed to attend onsite orientation. Only families with submitted interest applications are invited to attend the orientation process. 

The Online Orientation for Distance Learning was emailed to the ones that filled out the online interest application. Parents must watch the videos in order to receive the registration link for the Full-Time Distance Learning Registration Form. Upon completion of the orientation, parents/guardians will receive the link to register students in the K-5 Full Time Distance Learning Program.

Parents interested in declaring the full-time distance learning model need to understand that there is a semester-long commitment for distance learning and changes to each option cannot occur until the next grading period. Interested parents should complete the interest application, which can be accessed through the following link: https://bit.ly/3ffK0Fq 

Each declared interested application will be reviewed by a district committee, and in order for the full-time distance learning model to work at the K-5 level, minimum class sizes must be met. 

“It is important that students and parents understand distance learning for the 2020-2021 school year will not be structured like distance learning from this past Spring. Expectations in terms of attendance, grading and accountability will be the same as traditional instruction,” commented
Superintendent Mark Earnest. 

Some of the guidelines included in the in-person instruction Roadmap to Reopening plan include:

D The use of masks can be a challenge for some children and adults, so it will not be required. However, the wearing of masks will be encouraged for those who can. 

D Temperature checks will be conducted. Students and staff with COVID-19 symptoms or a temperature of 100.0+ will be isolated immediately and sent home. 

D All students and employees must stay home if they have COVID-19 symptoms, tested positive, or had close contact with a person with COVID-19 within the last 14 days.

D For those who have been ill, health department guidelines will be followed for return to school/work.

D Frequent handwashing is encouraged and breaks will be scheduled for handwashing at the elementary level. We also recommend bringing individual hand sanitizer from home. 

D Cleaning and disinfecting of buildings, surfaces, and high-touch objects will be more frequent. Ventilation systems will be monitored for proper operation.

D Buses will be cleaned/disinfected after morning and afternoon routes.

D Schools will limit visitors; stagger lunch, playground, and class-change schedules

D Students will be discouraged from sharing computers, books, materials, supplies, or equipment, including devices and equipment used for athletics/PE.

D Water fountains will be shut off. Handless water bottle dispensers will stay on. Students are encouraged to bring a filled water bottle from home. 

So, traditional in-person school days will begin on August 12 unless otherwise directed by the Governor or the Georgia Department of Education However, the August 12 opening date could be affected yet again when the system’s degree of community spread is determined by state agencies. A recommendation for Seminole County’s  schedule and method of instruction, based on that degree of community spread determination, is expected to come from Georgia’s Path to Recovery for K-12 Schools and the Georgia Department of Public Health by the end of July.

If the state and public health officials determine the degree of community spread is in the “low/no spread” or “minimal/moderate spread” SCSS will begin the year with traditional, in-person instruction. In the event state and public health officials determine the degree of community spread is “high/substantial”,  SCSS will transition to a distance learning model of instruction. School officials commented that there is a very real chance that SCSS could begin in a traditional model and within a week or two shift to a distance learning model. 

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