Back to School

1 Lowndes Co. elementary school prepared to welcome students back

Lowndes County is gearing up for back-to school. Classes will be starting on August 14th.

  Valdosta State University prepares for move-in week

  Preparing to Return to the Classroom

Kemp, GEMA give PPE shipment update ahead of back to school

  Moultrie Police Dept. to prepare children for school with backpack giveaway

  Tips for setting up a virtual learning environment for students

  Albany State University to offer free COVID-19 testing for fall semester

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Early County Schools prepare for reopening on Aug. 6

POLL: Do you feel safe sending your kids back to school amid the coronavirus pandemic?

  PCOM South Ga. club hosts back-to-school drive

  Parent of Valdosta State University student concerned about dorm safety

  Dept. of Public Health reminds parents about getting students vaccinated before school starts

LIST: Area schools set their start dates for 2020

Baker Co. Schools delay start of school year

The school year will start on August 24 in Baker County.

Worth Co. Schools delay school opening

School will now start on Sep. 8.

Thomasville City, Thomas County schools delay school start to Sept.

Students will return to school on Sept. 8.

  Grady Co. Schools delays school start date

Students will report to school or virtual learning on September 8.

Lowndes Co. Schools to delay start of school year

City of Valdosta to host drive-thru back to school bash

Georgia leaders won’t try to delay start of in-person school

Wiregrass Tech ready to open to public Monday

AP-NORC poll: Very few Americans back full school reopening

  DCSS superintendent recommends delaying the start of school

  Don’t delay: Make immunization appointments now before the school year starts

Thomas said they are much more concerned about spikes in preventable diseases. Especially those that can be much more dangerous for children than COVID-19.

Decatur Co. Schools delays school start date

The new start date is Wednesday, August 12.

  School system keeps mask requirements after governor’s executive order

We’re hearing from people in Thomas County, after Governor Kemp’s most recent executive order.

  DCSS talks school return amid COVID-19 pandemic

You may still be deciding whether you want to send your kids back to school for in-person learning this fall. Dougherty County School leaders said big changes will be made in classrooms this fall.

VCS pushes back school start date

Students will return Sept. 8.

  Mom concerned about sending son with special needs back to school amid rising COVID-19 numbers

A mother who has a son with special needs spoke with WALB News 10 about her concerns about sending him back to school during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Thomasville therapist talks COVID-19 impact on children ahead of school starting back

As the school year slowly approaches, some children may feel unsure about how to handle changes with COVID-19.

  VCS parents to decide 2020-21 school year plan

Valdosta City School parents will be able to choose what kind of instruction they want for their children for the upcoming school year.

Terrell Co. Charter School System announces re-opening plan

The system will not host an open house this year.

  COVID-19 not slowing down Sumter Co. High school construction

Sumter County High School could have new health features thanks to COVID-19.

  Valdosta State University prepares for arrival of rest of Blazer family

Students and staff at Valdosta State University (VSU) said they’re ready for their big student move-in days later this week.

Volunteers help Georgia Southwestern freshmen move-in

GWS President Neal Weaver says over 400 freshmen are on campus this year.

15 apps that could be potentially dangerous for your child

The Coffee County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind parents about potentially dangerous apps that may be accessible to kids.

  Albany seniors share advice as nervous freshman start their first day of high school

As ninth graders headed back to school Friday, they were already thinking four years ahead.

  Classes back in session at Sherwood Christian Academy

There were only a few tears shed Friday as Sherwood Christian Academy parents dropped their pre-K student off.

  Students start back at Valdosta City Schools

Early Thursday morning, thousands of students across Valdosta returned school.

  Westwood students got special surprise to start off school year

When they got to their desk and opened up their lockers, they all had personalized sticky notes that had encouraging words on them written by faculty.

  Turner Co. Elementary School back in session

The rising temperatures have raised many questions for many families with children going out for recess.

  ABAC welcomes new dean of Arts and Sciences

Students returning to Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) next week may see a new, friendly face.

  Monroe High teacher gets students excited for school with viral rap video

A Monroe High School teacher and cheerleading coach is getting students excited to go back to school with a rap video that has gone viral on Facebook.

  Clear backpack policy back for another year in Lee County

Lee County High School Principal Dr. Karen Hancock discussed the school’s clear backpack policy and how it’s been working for students since it started.

  New Lee Co. High School teachers excited about being on the other side of the classroom

School started back and two former Lee County students returned, this time as teachers.

  ‘I don’t wanna focus too much on graduation and miss what’s happening now’: Lee Co. student plans to enjoy senior year

Lee County Superintendent Jason Miller said 6,639 students were in classrooms Wednesday morning for the start of school.

  Lee Co. marks the first day of school

An exciting day today for Lee County students as they headed back to the classroom.

  Eighth Street Middle School students get back into the groove of school

On Tuesday morning, students at Eighth Street Middle School in Tifton were walking from class to class, still trying to figure out their daily schedules.

  Mitchell Co. students head back to class

Mitchell County Primary School's motto this year is "Diving into Learning."

  Tift Co. students back in class

Students at J.T. Reddick Elementary were anxious to return to their studies after what some said was a long summer.

  Sumter Co. students head back to class

Backpacks and classrooms were filled Monday in Sumter County.

  New grants, principal, ways to keep kids safe in store for Pelham schools

Pelham City School Charter System will use new safety grant funds to enhance security at all schools, according to district leaders.

  Thomas Co. students start 2019-20 school year

On Monday, thousands of Thomas County students went back in the classroom for the start of the 2019-20 school year.

  Mims Kids Inc.'s annual Stay in School rally to be held Saturday

This weekend Mims Kids Inc.'s will host it’s 8th Annual Stay in School rally.

  Tift Co. School hosts Stuff the Bus event

Tift County school social workers gathered to prepare for their annual Stuff the Bus event that gives school supplies to students in need.

  Pelham schools kick-off school year with a great start

Record breaking enrollment numbers! Pelham City Schools Charter System leaders said that’s what they’re expecting after their first day!

  Lee Co. officials fill backpacks for back to school bash

First responders and officials from one South Georgia city rallied their community Thursday, working to help prepare students to head back to school.

  Wild Adventures offers back to school special

Wild Adventures Theme Park in Valdosta is offering specials for students and teachers going back to school.

  Crisp Co. Schools names Teacher of the Year

Crisp County Schools gave special recognition to a teacher at Crisp County Elementary.

  Tift Co. teachers kick off the new school year at convocation

Over 1,500 teachers, students and faculty members all joined together at the UGA conference center in Tifton to show school spirit, among other things.

  It’s not too late to get your child vaccinated for school

School is back in session in Dougherty County and health leaders said some students still need to get their shots.

Dougherty Co. heads back to school

Students were excited to be heading back to school in Dougherty County and faculty said they are looking forward to an excellent school year.

  Worth Co. students head back to class

Students said they were excited to head back for several reasons.

  DCSS seniors already prepping for graduation

Halls that were quiet Wednesday, were full of students and teachers Thursday. Hugs were shared between people who haven’t seen each other in months.

  Remix: Crisp Co. Elementary goes back to school, heading down the ‘Old Dirt Road’

Crisp County Elementary School, teachers and staff members are getting kids ready for this upcoming school year with catchy tunes and more.

  Sumter Co. students to see changes for upcoming school year

Next week, students will fill the hallways of Sumter County Schools.

Sumter Co. Schools hold town hall meetings

Sumter County Schools are in the middle of hosting town hall educational meetings.

  Cordele Police Dept. prepares for National Night Out

Students are in store for school supplies at the department’s upcoming National Night Out.

  'It’s like getting started for getting older’: Ben Hill Co. students go back to class

Buses were loaded and anticipation was high as several South Georgia counties started class Monday.

  Terrell Co. heads back to school

Terrell County first responders helped teachers welcome back students Monday by giving them hugs, high fives and encouraging words.

Interactive: Georgia Milestones 2018-19 test scores

The test scores are in for South Georgia.

  Church hosts back-to-school bash for community

Valdosta Community Church is planning to give away 150 book bags full of school supplies.

  South GA superintendents talk about new school year

WALB talked to several area school superintendents, and their interviews are posted here.

Health officials say you should get student vaccines before the back-to-school rush

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) wants to encourage you to beat the rush for back to school.

  New software helps teachers talk to parents who speak another language

Dougherty County Schools have a new program to help beat language barriers.

  Almost 2,000 teachers show up for free school supplies in Valdosta

Second Harvest is in the process of giving basket-loads of school supplies to more than 1,800 public school teachers across South Georgia.

  Dougherty Co. school leaders announce new tone for upcoming year

Dougherty County School System leaders said they’re setting the tone now for the new school year.

Pelham Elementary updating its facilities

Construction to modernize Pelham Elementary is just weeks from starting.

Back-to-School: Upcoming school bashes across SWGA

WALB has compiled a list of Back to School bashes across Southwest Georgia.

  Albany Tech apprenticeship program helps students

Employers across South Georgia met at Albany Technical College Wednesday to learn about apprenticeship programs.

  Valdosta needs sponsors for school drive

The City of Valdosta wants to make sure that more than 600 kids are ready to start their school year off right.