The Evans County School System has announced the delay of the first day of school until Monday, Aug. 24, for both virtual and face-to-face instruction.

In addition, the open houses for Aug. 6 have been canceled.

“While we believe we have done everything feasible to prepare for a safe return, we do not believe it is wise to do so under the current severe community spread,” a statement from the school system reads.

“Our faculty and staff will continue to report to work and prepare for a safe and exciting start to school on August 24, 2020,” the statement continues. “We will continue to monitor conditions and communicate accordingly. Please continue to be patient and flexible as we navigate these uncharted waters.”

If a future delay is needed, officials say the tentative start date of Tuesday, Sept. 8, has been proposed.

The system originally planned to start face-to-face learning on Monday, Aug. 10, and virtual classes the following Monday.

More reopening info:

Any request to register for virtual learning after July 23 will be taken on a case-by-case basis.

Students opting for online instruction will not be eligible to participate in extracurricular activities.

For those returning in person, temperature checks will be conducted before students enter school buildings.

Cleaning protocols for COVID-19 will happen each day and throughout the day in all schools. Students will be socially distanced as much as possible.

Should a student or employee test positive for the virus, the school district will not make mass announcements. State public health officials will conduct contact tracing and notification.

Mask policy:

  • Required for students and staff on buses
  • Required for staff in common areas
  • Strongly recommended for students in buildings

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