SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – The Savannah-Chatham County Public School System will officially return to in-person learning, five days a week, this fall.
The school board discussed the five-day-a-week goal in recent meetings but made the formal announcement Wednesday.
“We had an internal conversation with the staff, and while we wanted to stagger the students, the staff and students believe that all students reporting on Aug. 4 is good,” said Dr. Ann Levett, SCCPSS superintendent.
The school district will be distributing yard signs, so there is no confusion on when school starts or on the plan to return.
For those hesitant to return, virtual learning will remain an option by request only. Levett says space will be limited.
Certain safety protocols will remain in place. Classrooms will be arranged to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, keeping students at least 3 feet apart.
Masks will still be required, though some school board members questioned the impact that might have on children.
“Are we going to have any exceptions to any grade bans on the masks, or is it going to be everybody in the building no matter what?” asked Michael Johnson, who represents District 7.
“Young people have done well,” Levett said. “I think it’s more of the adults that have a problem with it.
A recent survey of SCCPSS families came back with more than 13,000 responses. As for returning to the classroom, 81 percent of families were on board with in-person, five days a week, while 10 percent wanted the virtual option only.
Two percent responded, saying they won’t be returning to SCCPSS.
“The closer we get into the school year for those who don’t respond, our expectation is that they will participate in five days, face-to-face,” Levett added.
Meanwhile, the board cleared up a rumor on emails circulating, saying some students who didn’t do well at specialty schools could be held back. The superintendent says she doesn’t expect that to happen.