BULLOCH COUNTY, Ga. (WSAV) – Due to the Georgia Department of Public Health’s designation of Bulloch County as a substantial spread COVID-19 area, the school district is moving forward with virtual learning.
The plan is for all students to resume school using the school district’s virtual learning program. It is possible the county will experience a delayed start date of August 17 to allow schools time to prepare for this delivery method.
“What we’re intending to do and what we envision is to get us moving and get us started with a virtual program for all students,” Bulloch County Schools Superintendent, Charles Wilson said.
Students will learn on a platform called Edgenuity while at home with coursework prepared by teachers. If students don’t have access to computers or internet the school district will have them covered.
“We would provide Chromebooks out to all of our students. The devices would be provided to all of those who want them. One of the challenges we’ll have is internet access in this community,” Wilson said.
Hotspots and other WiFi capable devices are being considered but no final plans have been put in place.
As school officials work to figure out what the official plans will be, they’re still waiting on guidance from the state level to determine what to do to help parents who can’t leave their kids home alone. Wilson tells News 3 the district is also looking into programs that are available to help students who depend on school meals.
Bulloch County Schools wants community feedback about the return-to-school plan. Superintendent, Charles Wilson will livestream two different sessions where he will address concerns from stakeholders and answer questions. These will be aired online at bullochschools.org/boardlive.
The sessions will be held Thursday, July 2, at 9 a.m. and Monday, July 6, at 3 p.m. Questions can be submitted online or by calling 912-212-8512.
Questions must be sent in at least 10 hours prior to the scheduled start times.
When Bulloch County is reclassified to a lower spread category, the school district will allow students who wish to return to a traditional, face-to-face school setting, to do so.
“Two paths have been transformed for us in Bulloch County schools which will probably be forever a part of us in who we are and how we do things,” Wilson said.