List of reopening plans for Middle Georgia school districts

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The COVID-19 pandemic is altering how school will look when students return this fall.

All information is fluid. We are doing our best to compile the latest reports we receive from each school district. Contact your school district for the very latest information or if you’re unclear about anything related to the return to school.

Baldwin County Schools: Students are expected to return to school on August 19, according to the district calendar. Click the bold blue link for more information.

Bibb County Schools: Students are expected to return to school on Tuesday, September 8. The district will announce a learning methodin-person or virtualtwo weeks before that. The 2020-21 Academic Calendar includes 163 student days and 190 teacher work days. The first semester includes 80 days of instruction and the second semester includes 83 days of instruction. The last day of school IS Wednesday, May 26, 2021. Click the bold blue link for more information.

Bleckley County Schools: Students are expected to return to school on Monday, August 10. The district plans to use flexibility the first two weeks to help parents and students decide which learning option works best for them. Click the bold blue link for more information.

Crawford County Schools: Students are expected to return to school on Tuesday, August 4 for face-to-face instruction and Monday, August 17 for virtual learning. Parents choosing to allow their child to participate in the virtual learning instructional model will need to complete a form by Wednesday, July 22. Click the bold blue link for more information.

Dodge County Schools: Students are expected to return to school on Thursday, August 13, according to a July 21 announcement from the school district. Click the bold blue link for more information.

Dooly County Schools: “A school staff member has recently tested positive for coronavirus, and we are therefore delaying the first day of school for students until August 19th,” Superintendent Dr. Craig Lockhart wrote in a Facebook post Wednesday, July 29. “The employee was in close contact with other staff members a week ago. Since then, all staff have received regular temperature checks and are doing well. If your children have been exposed to coaches, we are confident they are fine. As a precaution, you may want to have your child seen by your pediatrician. Again, we are confident at this time that our faculty and staff are in good health, so any students who have been in close proximity should be okay. If anything changes or we receive new information, we will definitely contact you. Thank you as we work through these unique circumstances. Please take care and stay safe.”

Dublin City Schools: Students are expected to return to school on Tuesday, September 8. Click the bold blue link for more information.

Hancock County Schools: Students are expected to return to school on Monday, August 3. At least the first nine weeks of school will be virtual only. Click the bold blue link for more information.

Houston County Schools: The district released a 12-page reopening plan on Thursday, July 16. Students are expected to return to school on Thursday, August 6. Instructional models include 1) In-person and 2) Virtual. Click the bold blue link or here for more information: https://www.hcbe.net/learningoptionsfaq

Johnson County Schools: Students are expected to return to school on Monday, August 17. “Our plan is to follow South Central Health District and CDC guidelines as much as possible,” the district said in a statement on Thursday, July 16. Instructional options include  1) Face-to-face instruction and 2) Online instruction. Click the bold blue link for more information.

Jones County Schools: Students are expected to return to school on Monday, August 17. Jones County Virtual Academy has expanded to include grades Kindergarten through 12th.  The application deadline is extended through Wednesday, July 15, 2020.  JCVA registration paperwork is due by Friday, July 17, 2020 to be eligible for 1st Semester JCVA enrollment. Click the bold blue link for more information.

Laurens County Schools: Students are expected to return to school on Tuesday, September 8. Click the bold blue link for more information.

Macon County Schools: Students are expected to return to school on Monday, August 24. Click the bold blue link for more information.

Monroe County Schools: Students are expected to return to school on Monday, August 17. Click the bold blue link for more information.

Peach County Schools: Students are expected to return to school on Thursday, August 27.

A July 16 post on the district’s Facebook page: “The goal is to return to the traditional school day; however, the following instructional plan will be implemented for the 2020-2021 School Year:

Beginning August 27 through September 25, the following instructional methods will be implemented:
Hybrid Model Phase I (includes In-Person Instruction and Distance Learning)
– Students will attend on an A/B Schedule.
– Students in Group A will attend In-Person Instruction on Monday and Tuesday and Distance Learning on Thursday and Friday.
– Students in Group B will receive Distance Learning on Monday and Tuesday and In-Person Instruction on Thursday and Friday.
– Wednesdays will be cleaning, Teacher Collaboration and Distance Learning, as needed.

Beginning September 28 through December 18, the following instructional methods will be implemented:
Hybrid Model Phase II (includes In-Person Instruction and Distance Learning)
– Students will attend In-Person Instruction for four (4) days, Tuesday through Friday.
– Students will attend Distance Learning on Mondays.

Beginning January 5, the following instructional method will be implemented:
Traditional Model Phase III
– Traditional Five-Day In-Person Instruction

The option for 100% Distance Learning is available to students for the entire school year.”

Click the bold blue link for more information.

Pulaski County Schools: Students are expected to return to school on Wednesday, August 5 with several guidelines in place (as of July 14). The deadline for remote learning requests has been extended to Monday, July 27. Click the bold blue link for more information.

Taylor County Schools: Students are expected to return to school on Monday, August 3. Instructional options include 1) In-person instruction or 2) Online distance learning. “If for some reason we are not able to start on August 3, 2020, we will communicate that to you as soon as possible.” Click the bold blue link for more information.

Treutlen County Schools: Students are expected to return to school on Monday, August 17. An online option is available. Parents should review and sign a separate commitment for online instruction by July 23. Click the bold blue link for more information.

Twiggs County Schools: Students are expected to return to school on Monday, August 17, but all learning for the first nine weeks of the semester will be done virtually. Click the bold blue link for more information.

Washington County Schools: Students are expected to return to school on Friday, August 7, according to the academic calendar. Instructional options include 1) Traditional (start Friday, August 7), 2) Hybrid (start Tuesday, August 11), 3) Blended/Remote (all at home). Selections are due by Thursday, July 15. Click the bold blue link for more information.

Wheeler County Schools: Students are expected to return to school on Friday, August 7. Instructional options include 1) Traditional/hybrid model or 2) Virtual Model. Click the bold blue link for more information.

Wilcox County Schools: Students won’t return until August 13. “Due to an increasing number of COVID cases and exposures, school will be postponed until Aug. 13th,” read a statement on the district’s Facebook page. “Please follow CDC guidance to help slow the spread by wearing a face covering, washing your hands, and avoiding large gatherings. We will post the revised school calendar to Facebook.”

Wilkinson County Schools: Students are expected to return to school on Monday, August 17. “We will provide instruction via the Distant Learning Model for ALL students from August 17-September 4, 2020,” reads a post on the district website. Click the bold blue link for more information.

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(478) 745-4141 ext. 310 Tucker Sargent joined the 41NBC news team in April 2012. He hails from "The Great State of Alabama," as he calls it, but you won't catch him saying "Roll Tide!" Tucker grew up near Auburn, before moving to north Alabama. He graduated from Danville High School in 2007 and loves to return to the Tennessee Valley any chance he gets. He moved back south to Troy, Alabama after high school, where he graduated from Troy University in 2011 with a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism. He interned in Huntsville at WAAY-TV before joining 41NBC. His passion is sports, and his favorite teams are the Auburn Tigers and Troy Trojans. On the weekends you can catch Tucker watching college football on Saturdays and NASCAR on Sundays! He's proud to call middle Georgia home for now and could always use a story idea from you, so don't hesitate to get in touch with him!