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George County School District now allowing all students to apply for distance learning

In addition to this adjustment, the district also decided to push back the first day of school.
Updated: Jul. 20, 2020 at 6:10 PM CDT
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LUCEDALE, Miss. (WLOX) - The George County School District made a big modification to their original reopening plan for the upcoming school year.

All students are now able to submit a distance learning non-medical application. This new change is currently in effect and will allow all students to apply for distance learning without needing to provide medical documentation.

The district said this application must be submitted to the desired school by Thursday, July 30 and they “strongly encourage interested parents and students to carefully read all of the application guidelines and requirements prior to making a decision.”

In addition to this adjustment, the district also decided to push back the first day of school.

“Students who have chosen the traditional option and whose last names start with A-I will begin school on Wednesday, August 12. Students who have chosen the traditional option and whose last names start with J-Z will begin school on Thursday, August 13. All traditional students will attend on Friday, August 14. Instruction will begin for approved distance learners on Monday, August 17, 2020,” the district said in a statement.

Face Masks

While the district is not requiring students wear masks at all times while on campus, teachers and principals have been given the discretion to require students to wear masks with the district’s support. Any students or faculty on a school bus will be required to wear masks and/or face coverings. Students and staff will also be required to wear a mask and/or face covering during times such as class changes, traveling in and out of buildings, and headed to or from the cafeteria. However, students will not be required to wear masks during outdoor activities such as recess or PE.

Social Distancing

Students will also be spread out as much as possible in the classroom to promote social distancing. Recess and enrichment will still take place and the K-8 level. Groups must be spread out throughout the playground or gym. Staff must enforce limited physical contact between students.

Students in elementary and middle school, which is any student in eighth grade and lower, could potentially remain with the same group of students during the school day, with teachers moving to the students instead of vice versa.

High school students will see staggered class changes and all hallway movement must be in the same direction.

To maintain social distancing, students will not be allowed to congregate in areas of the school when they arrive. They will go directly to the cafeteria to pick up breakfast then go directly to their first classroom to eat.

Social distancing will be in place for students during lunch, with the exception of the PreK and kindergarten students who may rotate through the cafeteria for meals.

All schools will have staggered release for buses and car pickups.

Temperature Checks

All students and staff will have their temperatures checked each day, which will then be recorded on a daily log. If a student is found with a temperature of 100.4 or higher, he/she will be placed in isolation until the parent/guardian can come pick him/her up from school. This student may not return to school until they have been symptom free without medicine for 72 hours.

Distance Learning

If the distance learning option is chosen, the student will be required to maintain that learning option for the entire semester, and students participating in distance learning will not be allowed to participate in athletic or extracurricular activities. For students who require distance learning and do not have access to the technology needed, the district will work with parents on a case-by-case basis.

Cleaning and Sanitizing

All classrooms, bathrooms, cafeteria, and other high traffic areas will be routinely cleaned and sanitized. The district has purchased extra supplies and each classroom will be stocked with the necessary equipment. Students are also encouraged to bring their own personal hand sanitizer to school if desired. Additionally, parents are able to make donations of Clorox wipes and hand sanitizer to classrooms.

George County School District FAQs for the 2020-2021 school year
George County School District FAQs for the 2020-2021 school year(GCSD)
George County School District FAQs for the 2020-2021 school year
George County School District FAQs for the 2020-2021 school year(GCSD)

For more information about the George County School District and their latest updates regarding the 2020-21 school year, click here.

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