The Long County School System has delayed the first day of school until Tuesday, Sept. 8, citing an increase in local COVID-19 cases.
Face-to-face learners were previously set to return on Monday, Aug. 10, followed by virtual learners on Monday, Aug. 17. All learners will return on the new start date.
“We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause our families, but we truly believe this is the best decision based upon the most current information available,” a statement from the school system reads.
Meanwhile, the Meals-to-Go program will resume on Monday, Aug. 10, Free meals for all children under the age of 18 will be delivered to previously designated drop-off locations on Mondays and Wednesdays for the entire month of August.
Virtual open houses for face-to-face learners and online orientation for virtual learners have been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date. Long County Middle School and McClelland Elementary School have also postponed their drive-through events for parents who transport their students to pick up car tags.
More reopening info:
Students enrolling in virtual learning must remain under that instruction method until the end of the first semester (Dec. 18).
Parents who elect for their students to participate in the virtual learning option will need to provide a computer/device, internet, and access to a phone for their students.
Teachers returned in late July to receive training on COVID-19 safety measures, cleaning techniques and virtual learning.
Masks for students will be optional and “highly recommended” on buses and during transitions at school. The masks must be school appropriate.
Social distancing will be enforced to the extent possible. Temperature checks will be conducted for staff and students as they enter the building each morning.