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Southwest Georgia schools are heading back for the new year. Here’s how COVID is affecting the return for some.

COVID-19 and Southwest Georgia schools and colleges.
COVID-19 and Southwest Georgia schools and colleges.(Source: WALB)
Published: Jan. 5, 2022 at 11:45 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 20, 2022 at 11:53 AM EST
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ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - As schools and colleges head back for the new year, a number of them are altering plans amid a surge of COVID-19 cases.

Here are the schools that are altering their plans because of COVID-19. The school systems and colleges included are ones that are requiring face masks, altering start dates or making any substantial changes because of COVID-19, such as changes to quarantine time or virtual learning. This does not include the school systems and colleges that are strongly encouraging masks.

Baker County Schools

The school system will require students and staff to wear masks starting Tuesday, Jan. 18 through Monday, Jan. 31.

Ben Hill County Schools

The school system recently announced new COVID-19 protocols.

Dooly County Schools

The Dooly County School System has put a “mask required” policy in place. It went into effect on Jan. 3

Seminole County Schools

Seminole County Middle High School, grades 6-12, will transition to a distance learning model from Monday, Jan. 24 through Friday, Jan. 28. Face-to-face instruction will resume on Monday, Jan. 31.

Thomasville City Schools

On Jan. 10, Thomasville City Schools started requiring masks.

This is a developing list of schools and colleges. As more southwest Georgia school systems and colleges announce plans, we’ll update this story.

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