Superintendent's Message 8.10.20
Gordon County Schools is excited to welcome back our students for in-person instruction on Wednesday, August 12. Please be sure to visit our website and the Back To School tab for the most up to date information regarding our safety protocols and informational videos. Many of your schools have also communicated additional information in regard to how school will look when students return.
Please remember although masks and face coverings are not mandated, they are highly encouraged and expected when social distancing can't be accomplished, especially in high traffic areas such as entering and exiting the buildings, on the bus, and during class changes. This is for the health and safety of students and staff. In addition, each school will work with their students to help them become familiar with new processes and procedures designed to ensure the learning environment is aligned to Department of Public Health and CDC recommendations. Please assist us by encouraging your child to listen carefully as these are shared and practiced in the first few days of school and to adhere to our new procedures for both inside and outside the classroom.
We also want to make sure that families are aware that if someone in the student's household has tested positive for COVID-19 or if the student is experiencing symptoms, the student should not plan to come to school until he or she has completed the quarantine period and is symptom-free. To accommodate these students, we have developed new attendance protocols that can be found on our website at gcbe.org/backtoschool.
I would also like to share my appreciation to the families who have decided it is best for their students to return for the 2020-21 school year through our virtual at-home learning option. This is a new opportunity for us all, and we are pleased to offer this as we continue to modify how we serve students during the pandemic.
I look forward to a time when we can all be back on campus together. We have missed you all during our school closure and can’t wait to see you soon.
Superintendent's Message 7.20.20
Gordon County Schools is looking forward to welcoming back our students on August 12. We have heard from many students who are very excited about returning to school, but we also know we have students and families who are nervous about it as well. We want you to know that we have been planning for months for our return, and we are working closely with state and local health officials and are implementing many changes to help keep us all safe. This includes changes to the way our schools and classrooms look, the way we clean our schools, and how we will interact with each other.
To help us ensure we are doing all we can to control the spread of the virus, students and staff will be strongly encouraged to wear face coverings - particularly in areas where distancing is difficult to accomplish. These areas might include hallways during class transitions, during arrival and dismissal times, or when riding the bus. The school system has already been gifted enough face coverings to provide one to every student or staff member who doesn’t have his/her own, and we are expecting another shipment this week.
To further assist our families with planning, we have prepared an informational presentation and have developed a frequently-asked questions page, both of which have been posted here. Additionally, in the coming weeks, we will be releasing a series of videos to illustrate changes as we head back to school.
Thank you for your cooperation as we work to safely welcome back students this fall. As always, it is a pleasure to serve the students of Gordon County Schools.