Here’s the plan for Richmond County school reopenings

Published: Jun. 30, 2020 at 11:45 AM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - Richmond County School officials have revealed a proposal to reopen schools in the county after the coronavirus forced schools to close statewide in March.

At a 5 p.m. meeting Tuesday, district officials presented their proposal to the Richmond County Board of Education.

Here’s the plan:

Hybrid learning model with two options for families:

o Traditional/Face-to-Face/Monday - Thursday, Friday remote learning ~ PK-12

o Virtual Learning/K-12 Online

Traditional instruction highlights:

o Practicing prevention and social distancing when possible at school facilities

o Increased sanitization of buses and school facilities

o Signage for COVID-19 education and safety measures

o Update Meal Service to prevent the spread of COVID-19

o Designate flowpaths in hallways and at entrances and exits

Online academy (must register by July 20):

o Students will have synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities

o Students will be able to participate in extracurricular activities at their zoned school

o Teachers will have availability for summer school schedules

o Block schedules for students

o Synchronous and asynchronous options for electives

Richmond County is the latest school district to serve up plans to bring kids back to school despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Board members will vote on reopening schools during the Regular Board Meeting on July 14, 2020.

Columbia County announced last week a two-part proposal that would give parents the option to have their children return to school with several COVID-19 precautions in place or continue with homeschooling.

The Georgia Department of Education has left the decision-making on schooling during the pandemic largely up to each individual district.

Across the river in South Carolina, the state Department of Education released a list of recommendations for returning to school.

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