Temporary System Closure - December 8, 2020 - January 4, 2021

PRESS RELEASE

December 7, 2020

 

Due to increases in positive COVID-19 cases among students and staff, a significant number of students and staff in quarantine, an excessive number of students absent, and a concerning number of pupils sent home ill today, the McDuffie County School System has made the decision to close all McDuffie County schools until January 5, 2021.  All face-to-face pupils will transition to at-home learning until the end of the semester (December 16, 2020) during this temporary closure.

 

INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS

Face-to-face students received directions to continue their learning during this time of temporary school closure. Chromebooks and hotspots were reissued to face-to-face learners last month. These devices can be used to access assignments, which will be posted in Google Classroom. Questions about assignments may be directed to your child’s teacher via email. 

 

Learn from Home students, who will continue to receive their instruction and assignments through Google Classroom, are not impacted by this change.  Internet access points remain available at the locations listed on the system website.

 

MEALS

Grab-and-go meals are available from any McDuffie County school using the schedule below on these dates:  Tuesday – Thursday, December 8-10, and Monday – Wednesday, December 14-16, 2020. Delivery will continue as scheduled on Friday, December 11, for those families who previously requested services.  Meal services for this semester will conclude December 16.

 

School

Breakfast

Lunch

Pickup Location

Dearing Elementary School

7:45 – 8:15

11:30 – noon

Front Entrance

Maxwell Elementary School

8:15 – 8:45

11:30 – noon

Cafeteria (Rear of School)

Norris Elementary School

8:15 – 8:45

11:30 – noon

Bus Ramp

Thomson Elementary School

8:15 – 8:45

11:30 – noon

Bus Ramp

Thomson-McDuffie Middle School

8:00 – 8:30

12:00 – 12:30

Bus Ramp

Thomson High School

7:45 – 8:15

11:30 – noon

Bus Ramp

 

THS END-OF-COURSE TESTING

Winter 2020 End-of Course testing is suspended, and make up sessions will be re-scheduled in January 2021. Questions about the testing schedule can be directed via email to Assistant Principal Sonya Strong at Thomson High School (strongs@mcduffie.k12.ga.us).

 

REQUESTS TO CHANGE INSTRUCTIONAL MODELS FOR SECOND SEMESTER

All McDuffie County schools are accepting instructional model change requests for the second semester December 7-10, 2020. During this time, parents may request to change from the virtual/Learn from Home model to face-to-face learning or vice versa, depending on their student’s current instructional model. If your student is satisfied with their current instructional model, no action is required.

If you would like to request a change of your student’s instructional model, please contact your school’s assistant principal.  Contact information is listed below.

Campus

Contact

Phone

Email

Maxwell Elementary

Keturah Hoskins

706-986-4800

hoskinsk@mcduffie.k12.ga.us

Thomson Elementary

Jamie Maddox

706-986-4700

maddoxj@mcduffie.k12.ga.us

Norris Elementary

Patricia Stripling

706-986-4400

striplingp@mcduffie.k12.ga.us

Dearing Elementary

Sonya Thomas

706-986-4900

thomass@mcduffie.k12.ga.us

Thomson-McDuffie Middle

Renee Askew

706-986-4300

askewr@mcduffie.k12.ga.us

Thomson High

Sonya Strong

706-986-4200

strongs@mcduffie.k12.ga.us

McDuffie Achievement Center

Angie Roberts

706-986-4070

robertsa@mcduffie.k12.ga.us

The commitment to the Learn from Home model is for one nine weeks for grades PK-8 (ending March 10, 2021) and one semester for grades 9-12 (ending May 21, 2021). Instructional model changes cannot be made during this commitment.

When you request a change of your student’s instructional model, please be prepared to communicate your student’s transportation method (bus or car rider) and whether technology is needed.

 

RETURN TO SCHOOL FOR FACE-TO-FACE LEARNERS

The district will continue to monitor public health as well as student and staff attendance data with a plan for face-to-face students to return to campus on January 5, 2021, as previously announced.  Should the closure need to be extended, families will be notified as soon as possible.

 

The district sincerely appreciates the understanding of its families as we strive to keep students, staff, and our community safe.