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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Bibb County School District won’t hold in-person classes until at least October 30.
Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones made the recommendation in a called meeting Thursday.
The decision on virtual or in-person learning was scheduled to be made by August 25—two weeks before the start of school on September 8—but Jones said the decision was already made based on current COVID-19 trends.
All extracurricular and co-curricular activities for the fall semester, including all fall sports and field trips, will also be delayed “until the situation improves.”
“We owe it to our athletes, especially our seniors, to give them an opportunity to show what they can do and compete,” Jones said. “And they’ve been working hard to get ready for the season, and so we do not want to cancel the season but we also want to make sure it’s safe when they go back.”
Jones said small group practices have gone well, but “we’re not at that point yet” to go into full competition, especially for football.
All meals will be pre-ordered online. Families will have two options to pick up meals: at the student’s bus stop or at specified school locations similar to the way meals were distributed this summer.
“We’ll talk more in detail about those as we work with parents to understand these two options as students are able to receive their meals,” Jones said. “The statement, though, is, ‘We have meals. We can provide, but it’s not going to be super easy. It’s not going to be dropping them off at your door.'”
Jones said the district will re-evaluate the COVID-19 situation in the middle of the semester.
“There are going to be some people that aren’t going to be happy,” Jones said. “But I think we’ve done the right thing.”