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LIST: SWGA schools go virtual, amend schedules amid ongoing COVID-19 pandemic

A number of school districts in the WALB viewing are plugging back in to the virtual classroom.
A number of school districts in the WALB viewing are plugging back in to the virtual classroom.(Source: WALB)
Published: Aug. 12, 2021 at 4:37 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 3, 2021 at 7:32 AM EDT
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ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - A number of school districts in the WALB viewing are plugging back into the virtual classroom.

Below is a list of school districts and schools that have announced virtual learning plans amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Baker County Schools will transition from face-to-face instruction to virtual instruction due to a COVID-related employee shortage. At this time, BCS plans to resume face-to-face instruction on Sept. 13, 2021. Aug. 31 will be a communication day, Sept. 1 will be a technology pickup day, Sept. 2 will be the first virtual instructional day and the school expects students to return to face-to-face instruction on Sept. 13.
  • Ben Hill County schools will continue in virtual mode through Friday, September 3, the system says. Superintendent Haralson said parents should check the system’s Facebook page frequently.
  • Berrien County Schools will transition to all virtual classes for PreK-12 students from August 26, 2021, until September 3, 2021. Students will return to school on September 7, 2021. Schools will be issuing Chromebooks to those students needing one on August 24th and 25th, and they should log in to classes beginning on August 26.
  • Decatur County Schools are scheduled to return to face-to-face instruction on Monday, September 13.
  • Irwin County Schools: Will have a combined schedule of alternating days for students to attend school along with Fridays being completely virtual at home. No students will be in the buildings on Friday, August 20th, and Friday, August 27th. Irwin County Schools will follow an A/B schedule beginning Friday, August 20, 2021. Students will attend school on alternate days with Friday being a virtual day at home for all students. This schedule will remain in effect this Friday through next Friday, August 27, 2021. Students on the A schedule will attend school on Monday and Wednesday. Those on the B schedule will attend on Tuesday and Thursday. Each school will send home letters informing you if your child is on schedule A or schedule B as well as additional information. If your child is presenting any signs of COVID-19, please do not send them to school.
  • Lee County School System: All schools will go virtual starting Thursday, Aug. 26 through Tuesday, Sept. 7. Students can return on Wednesday, Sept. 8. The school system said it is experiencing a “severe shortage in teachers and substitute teachers due to the impact of COVID-19.”
  • Seminole County Schools: Students in Seminole County will transition to distance learning due to a staffing shortage among bus drivers. Students will begin distance learning on Aug. 25 and are expected to return Sept. 7, after the Labor Day holiday.
  • Sumter County Schools will return to in-person class on Monday September 13, with masks or shields. The Sumter County Board of Education approved providing a virtual option for students who have extenuating circumstances or meet attendance, academic, and electronic device eligibility. To learn more about the virtual option, click here.
  • Turner County Schools will start the Blue/Orange rotating day instructional schedule on Tuesday 9/7/21, which will be the first Blue day. Wednesday 9/8/21 will be the first Orange day. Please make sure students know which day to report to school. The Blue/Orange calendar can be found on the website under the Quick Links tab.  Turner will continue this schedule until at least 9/17/21. Take home meals for the students’ day at home will be provided as they leave school/bus the previous day.
  • Valdosta City Schools will hold two teacher in-service days on Friday, August 27 and Monday, August 30. These two days will be student holidays, meaning students do not have to attend school in-person or virtually. All VCS faculty and staff will be on their respective campuses during regular hours on these two in-service days distributing Chromebooks to students who have opted for temporary virtual learning and receiving necessary training in providing those virtual services. Valdosta City Schools will reopen on Tuesday, August 31, for in-person students as well as virtual learners. The Valdosta City Schools Nutrition Program will provide breakfast and lunch for all virtual enrolled students. Parents/guardians can pick up all meals for virtual students at two designated site locations: W. G. Nunn Elementary & Pinevale Elementary Schools from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Williams Middle School and C.A. Gray Junior High in Colquitt County: Starting Monday, Aug. 30, the two schools will temporarily move to a A/B hybrid instructional plan. The two schools will stay on this plan until Friday, Sept. 10. The school system said information on the plans can be found on Williams Middle School and C.A. Gray Junior High’s websites.
  • Worth County schools will return to at-home learning on Monday, August 30, according to a letter from the superintendent posted to the school systems Facebook page. They will return to in-person school on Tuesday, September 7.
  • Quitman County School District: Quitman County schools will move to virtual learning due to a rise in the number of students being quarantined. Starting Monday, Aug. 30, virtual learning will take place until Sep. 10. Students are expected to return to in-person learning Monday, Sep. 13.

This is a developing list. If more schools in the WALB viewing area announce virtual plans, this story will be updated.

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