The Brantley County School System hasn’t released exact plans for what school will look like amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but Superintendent Dr. Kim Morgan has unveiled three plans the school system could use depending on how the outbreak looks when school starts August 4.
The plans are below:
Plan 1: This is the school system’s preferred option and includes traditional school with increased safety measures.
Traditional School would be Monday-Friday school for the large majority of students.
Virtual School would still be available for the students who will not be attending face-to-face instruction at the school due to COVID-19 or other personal issues.
Plan 2: Hybrid Schedule: Should there come a time that community spread of COVID-19 is such that restrictions are in place for how many students can be in a classroom or on a school bus, the school system would move to the Hybrid Schedule where students would come to school for face-to-face instruction part of the time and learn via virtual school part of the time.
Under this plan, about half the students would attend school on Monday/Wednesday and the other half on Tuesday/Thursday. Detailed planning for this schedule to ensure that children in the same home can attend school on the same days has already begun.
On the days that students are not at school, they will learn via virtual school platform.
Virtual School will still be available for the students who will not be attending face-to-face instruction at the school due to COVID-19 or other personal issues.
Plan 3: School Closure requiring Virtual School for all students. Morgan says she hopes the school system will not see closures like it did in the spring, but said if this option is necessary, the school system is prepared for virtual learning.
“Our goal and first choice will be to implement Plan 1 in August, as we feel it is the absolute best for our students provided that conditions are safe enough to have children in regular classrooms,” Morgan said. “More detailed plans for safety measures and precautions will be shared later in July closer to the start of school. We want our families to know that the safety and health of our children will always be the top priority.”
According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, Brantley County has 94 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and has had two deaths from the virus.