22.45% of Columbia County students are signed up to learn from home

Published: Jul. 29, 2020 at 7:44 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 31, 2020 at 12:42 PM EDT
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UPDATE: As of July 30, the Columbia County School District says 6,480 students have been signed up for learning from home. That’s 22.45%.

EVANS, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - The Columbia County School District is mapping out exactly how a return to school will look for your kids.

Just a week before the start of school, officials did a 180 and announced a new hybrid schedule for middle and high school students just a week before the start of the school year.

Many parents’ plans still hang in limbo: Keep the kids home or send them back.

“I used to think that I would want to homeschool them and then we got into school actually started, I was like, ‘Whoa, no I’m not a teacher,” said Kervelisse Miller, a Columbia County parent

Despite the challenges, she’s choosing the learn-from-home option for her two students.

“It’s a calculated risk that we’re not willing to take to trust that they will keep you know hands out their mouths and off their faces and sharing pencils, and we don’t know the other parents are teaching them,” she said.

And the district says safety protocols are in place for students who’ll be returning to classrooms:

  • 350 new wall-mounted hand sanitizer stations.
  • 16 free-standing stations.
  • Bus sanitizing equipment.
  • Personal protective equipment, including thousands of face shields for food-service workers, bus drivers and nurses.
  • For students, masks are encouraged but not required.

Even with these precautions, some still argue the return to school feels too soon while the coronavirus threat lingers.

“I don’t think there’s anything that the school board could do to make me feel comfortable enough to send them back to school, most likely for the school year until these numbers start declining,” Miller said. “I don’t think — it’s not a risk I’m willing to take with my babies.”

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