PRESS RELEASE- JULY 7, 2020
The McDuffie County School System plans to open school facilities for students on August 3, 2020. Although the system believes face-to-face instruction is the best practice for students, families will have two instructional options for the first semester of the school year.
Both options are contingent upon public health data and any changes to Executive Orders by Governor Brian Kemp.
The two instructional models the district will offer the first semester of the school year are as follows:
Instructional Model 1- All elementary, middle, and high school students return to school for face-to-face instruction with safety measures in place.
- Students and employees are encouraged to wear face coverings/masks when on campus and on system buses.
- Students will be asked to practice social distancing in hallways and commons areas within the schools. Student movement will be limited as much as possible.
- Staff and students will be discouraged from sharing equipment and supplies within classrooms.
- Non-essential visitors and volunteers will not be allowed on campus.
- System protocols will be in place to ensure buildings and buses are properly sanitized.
- Should the need arise to close a classroom or school due to COVID-19, virtual learning would be in effect for all students.
- This is not an exhaustive list of modifications.
- In addition, a virtual open house will be conducted for parents and students. Information will be announced on the system Facebook page in coming weeks.
Instructional Model 2- Elementary, middle, and high school students may opt to engage in virtual learning from home. A virtual learning enrollment form MUST be completed by 11:59 PM on July 16, 2020. Details of the virtual learning instructional option and the virtual learning option form are located on the McDuffie County School System Webpage- www.mcduffie.k12.ga.us
- K-12 students will access instruction through Google Classroom.
- Teachers will post assignments and provide direct instruction through recorded videos, live video chats, and other resources.
- Students will earn grades based on mastery of the material in a specified timeline as issued by their teacher.
- Student attendance will be recorded during virtual learning.
- Computer/Device, internet and access to a phone is required.
- Some families may qualify for limited technology assistance. More information will be sent to families once the parent/guardian completes the online registration form.
Options for the spring semester will be determined by public health data and guidance available at the end of the fall semester.