SECOND SEMESTER UPDATE - January 22, 2021

PRESS RELEASE

January 22, 2021

 

The McDuffie County School System has been actively monitoring public health data as well as guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, the Georgia Department of Public Health and the Georgia Department of Education.  As indicated in previous communications, the instructional models presented earlier were contingent upon public health data at the time.

 

Based on the current public health data, the McDuffie County School System will enact a blended model for all face-to-face students beginning January 25, 2021.  Coupled with the Learn from Home model, the blended schedule will ensure the ability for proper social distancing and to reduce the population in classrooms, in hallways, and in common areas.  The system plans to remain in this blended model for face-to-face students until February 5, 2021. However, should changes be necessary, plans will be communicated as soon as possible.

 

 

BLENDED MODEL FOR FACE-TO-FACE STUDENTS

 

Students who opted for the face-to-face instructional model will attend school two days per week and will engage in virtual learning three days per week through February 5, 2021.  Students will be divided into two groups based on their last names. The chart below illustrates the schedule.

 

Day

Group A (Last Names A-J)

Group B (Last Names K-Z)

Monday

Face-to-Face

at School

Virtual Learning Activities

at Home

Tuesday

Face-to-Face

at School

Virtual Learning Activities

at Home

Wednesday

Virtual Learning Activities

at Home

Face-to-Face

at School

Thursday

Virtual Learning Activities

at Home

Face-to-Face

at School

Friday

Virtual Learning Activities

at Home

Virtual Learning Activities

at Home

 

Students in Group A (last names beginning with the letters A-J) will attend school in a face-to-face fashion on Monday and Tuesday of each week.  On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday students will complete virtual learning activities provided by the teacher. These activities will be a follow-up to the face-to-face lessons and may include web-based or written materials.

 

Students in Group B (last names beginning with the letters K-Z) will attend school in a face-to-face manner on Wednesday and Thursday.  On Monday, Tuesday, and Friday students will complete virtual learning activities provided by the teacher. These activities will be a follow-up to the face-to-face lessons and may include web-based or written materials.

 

 

MASKS / FACE COVERINGS REQUIRED

 

All students, employees, and visitors will be required to wear masks or face coverings when entering and exiting buildings, in transitions, on system buses / vehicles, and in areas where social distancing is not possible.

 

 

LEARN FROM HOME MODEL FOR VIRTUAL STUDENTS

 

Students who opted for the Learn from Home virtual instructional model are not impacted by this change.  Students registered for the Learn from Home model committed to a minimum of one nine weeks (ending March 10, 2021) for grades PK-8 and for one semester (ending May 21, 2021) for grades 9-12.  These pupils will continue to engage in virtual learning Monday-Friday until the conclusion of their commitments.

 

 

INSTRUCTIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES / ATTENDANCE

 

Students in both instructional models are expected to continue to participate in instruction. Students who are submitting weekly assignments and attending sessions in person or online will be counted present; failure to submit any work for the week or to participate in any live class sessions will result in a student’s being marked as absent in the official student record. Grades and attendance will be posted in the PowerSchool Parent Portal as usual.

 

 

WI-FI/INTERNET ACCESS

 

Internet access points remain available at the following locations:

 

                 SCHOOL SYSTEM VEHICLE WI-FI ACCESS POINTS

Monday - Friday

Thomson Villas 8:00 – 12:00

Sweetwater Activity Center 1:30 – 4:30

Rollingwood Apartments  8:30 – 2:30

Rollingwood Apartments  4:30 – 7:30

Happy Valley Store  9:00 – 12:00

Happy Valley Store  5:30 – 7:30

Calvary Baptist Church  8:30 – 11:30

Union Baptist Church  5:30 – 7:30

 

Friday Only

Location AM  8:30 – 11:30

Location PM  1:00 – 3:00

 

Fort Creek Baptist Church

Springfield Baptist – Old MAC

Boys and Girls Club

Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church

Pitts Street Park

Dearing Pointe

Marshall Baptist Church

 

 

 

MEALS

 

Effective January 25, 2021, Monday-Thursday meal delivery by bus will end. Friday meal delivery will continue at 10:00 a.m. for those families who previously requested the service. Schools will serve meals to face-to-face students during normal breakfast and lunch hours.  In addition, all schools will serve as grab-and-go meal sites for pick-up by Learn from Home students or parents at the times and locations listed below.

 

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 February 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).

 

 

FUTURE PLANS FOR REOPENING

 

The system will continue to monitor public health data and make a determination if changes in the instructional model are possible on February 8, 2021. 

 

This decision was not made lightly, and we recognize the potential inconvenience. However, it is our charge not only to educate our children but also to keep students and staff safe and healthy. We appreciate your support as we navigate this changing situation.

 

The Return to School Plan is located on the system website at www.mcduffie.k12.ga.us.