The first day of school will look different for the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System (SCCPSS) this year. Students will return virtually on Wednesday, Aug. 19.

The first day was initially planned for Aug. 5, but the two week delay will allow teachers and others more time to prepare for the new year with new COVID-19 safety procedures.

Virtual learning will remain in place at least through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7.

Superintendent Dr. Ann Levett has said the goal is to return to face-to-face instruction but not until it is safe to do so.

SCCPSS has ordered 14,400 Chromebooks, which should arrive mid-August, to be distributed to students. That’s in addition to the 3,000 already available.

Other technology, including apps and hot spot devices, will also aid students as they learn remotely.

Paper learning packets will still be available and the school system will work with those in need of tech devices.

SCCPSS has also established a standalone virtual school, Savannah-Chatham E-Learning Academy, for at least 900 students in grades 3 through 12.

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Open House:

Open House will be held virtually this year either through ZOOM, Google Classroom or by video message.

Families will receive information from individual schools about logging in by email or on the school’s website.

The schedule is as follows:

  • Pre-K classes: Tuesday, Aug. 11 from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Elementary grades (K-5 students): Tuesday, Aug. 11 from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Middle grades (6-8 students): Wednesday, Aug. 12 from 3:30 6:30 p.m.
  • High school grades (9-12 students): Thursday, Aug. 13 from 3:30 6:30 p.m.

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