Richmond, Columbia counties reveal back-to-school plans amid surge

The school year has now fully begun in Richmond County.
The school year has now fully begun in Richmond County.(WRDW)
Published: Dec. 31, 2021 at 5:17 PM EST
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -The Richmond County and Columbia County school systems announced their plans to return from winter break as the region grapples with a COVID wave fueled by the ultra-contagious omicron variant of coronavirus.

Richmond County

The Richmond County School System says students and teachers will return from winter break as scheduled.

District employees will return Monday, and students will return to school on Tuesday.

The school system will resume second semester operations with its mask requirement in place.


Masks continue to be required for students, staff, and visitors to all Richmond County School System facilities and on school buses, regardless of vaccination status.

Superintendent Dr. Kenneth Bradshaw will work with the Georgia Department of Public Health, review Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations and monitor COVID-19 conditions prior to making a recommendation regarding the mask requirement on Jan. 18.

Students and staff awaiting test results or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should stay home and follow the CDC and DPH guidance for quarantine. Staff should notify their supervisor and students/ families should notify the school.

As COVID-19 conditions in our community change and guidance from the CDC and DPH is updated, the Richmond County School System will update COVID-19 mitigation plans throughout the 2021–22 school year.

Columbia County

We’re also hearing from the Columbia County School System about its plans to return to the classroom.

Teachers will return to work Monday, and students will return to school on Tuesday.

For now, the superintendent says the district is going with the same precautions as before the break.

That means masks are optional with as much social distancing as possible.

The district also recommends vaccinations and boosters if possible.

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