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Echols Co. Schools pushes back start date amid staff illness

Published: Aug. 4, 2021 at 10:55 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 4, 2021 at 6:23 PM EDT
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STATENVILLE, Ga. (WALB) - Echols County Schools is pushing back open house and school start dates amid a staff shortage due to sickness, the school system said in a Facebook post.

The school system said the postponement decisions were made “due to an inadequate number of teachers, staff, bus drivers and other school personnel.”

Open house was rescheduled to Aug. 11 from 4-6 p.m.

The first day back to school is now Aug. 16.

Whether the school year will be extended or if holidays will be impacted, lies in the hands of the school board, which meets next Tuesday.

Superintendent Shannon King said parents have been understanding, and since it’s a small community, most were already aware of the issue.

Notice: The shortages that have delayed our school start date are a result of illnesses and the recent rise of COVID...

Posted by Echols County Elementary/Middle School on Wednesday, August 4, 2021

All softball games for the week of Aug. 6-13 will be rescheduled, according to the school system.

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