All Clarke County Schools District high schools — Cedar Shoals, Clarke Central, and Classic City — will move to virtual learning next week, beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 7.
A letter was sent to parents on Wednesday evening, notifying them of the change. Starting Tuesday, students will be moved to virtual learning for four days. Students will already not be in class Friday, Sept. 3 for a student holiday and Monday for Labor Day.
This means that all learning will take place remotely at the three high schools along with Athens Community Career Academy, as COVID-19 cases have increased among the schools.
“Adaptive special education students will remain in-person with no change to their instructional model,” said the letter.
Athletics will continue as normal with its practices and competitions and the high school officials will determine clubs and extracurricular activities operation status.
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“We understand that it may be a challenge for some families to pivot on such short notice. To account for this, teachers will provide asynchronous instruction on Tuesday and a combination of synchronous and asynchronous instruction on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday,” said the notice
A COVID-19 data dashboard is utilized by CCSD to have hourly adjustments and present more information than previous weekly updates did.
The dashboard shows that as of Wednesday evening, there were 255 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks across the entire district and 6% of all staff and students were in quarantine.
At Cedar Shoals High School there were 35 cases in the last two weeks and 4.6% of students and staff were in quarantine.
At Clarke Central High School there were 32 new confirmed cases in the past two weeks and 1.6% of all staff and students were in quarantine.
At Classic City High, the number of new and confirmed COVID cases were below 10 and 8.7% of student and staff were in quarantine.
At the Career Academy, the number of new and confirmed COVID cases were below 10 and 1.4% of student and staff were in quarantine.
“During the pause, we plan to provide additional and updated training around our COVID-19 responses for our staff. Deep cleaning and sanitation of all classrooms as well as high traffic areas will take place, too. Additionally, we will be onboarding and training more staff to help manage our processes and to assist with contact tracing,” said the notice to parents.
Masks are currently required for all students, staff and visitors inside CCSD buildings.
Oglethorpe County Schools have also been moved to distance learning for Sept. 1-3. Sept. 3 was originally designated as a distance learning day.
On Friday, the Oglethorpe school system had 42 absent staff members and 20 of these positions were unfilled by substitutes. There were also 311 students absent or 14% of the student population. Of these students, 165 have been absent for three or more days.
Due to this, Sept 1-2 were designated as distance learning. Students will return Sept. 7 as next Monday is the Labor Day holiday.