Taliaferro schools close, Aiken game canceled and Glascock kids test positive

Published: Aug. 6, 2021 at 12:14 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 6, 2021 at 2:22 PM EDT
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CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - The Taliaferro County School System this week suspended face-to-face school.

The switch to virtual and paper-and-pencil learning from home started Wednesday, with a tentative return date of Aug. 18. Final return plans will be announced Aug. 13.

When they return to class, students will be under an “A/B” hybrid alternating schedule that will mean not all students are on campus every day.

The change came after students had been in class for a couple of weeks. Opening on July 19, Taliaferro was one of the first districts in Georgia to start the school year.

The decision “came after much deliberation and out of an abundance of caution,” according to a post on the district’s Facebook page.

“We love our students, staff, and community too much to put anyone in harm’s way,” the post said.

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  • The Aiken County Football Jamboree scheduled for Aug. 13 and featuring Aiken County high school varsity football teams has been canceled due to a significant increase in the number of positive COVID-19 cases, school officials said. The decision to cancel the scrimmage was made by school district athletic directors in an abundance of caution for the safety of student-athletes, coaches, staff members, and families alike, and was unanimous.
  • The Glascock County School System said Wednesday and Thursday that a total of five students had tested positive for COVID, including two from the same household. The district said three of the cases weren’t thought to have originated from the school system and that “administration and school staff are making adjustments to the COVID mitigation strategies to help negate the effects of positive cases on our students.”

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