This morning, the Georgia Department of Public Education and the Georgia Department of Public Health released a document entitled Georgia’s Path to Recovery for K-12 Schools. This plan provides guidance - not mandates - regarding reopening school this fall. If you wish to view the document in its entirety, please click here.
The guidance is based upon the following community-specific levels of COVID-19: substantial spread, minimal/moderate spread, and low/no spread. The level at which a district would be placed is determined by state and local health officials. We are working with our local Department of Public Health to determine the criteria that establishes which level Barrow falls into. Within each level of community spread, recommendations are then made regarding the following:
• Preventing infection
• Transporting students
• Entering school buildings
• Serving meals
• Transitioning between classes
• Conducting large group gatherings
• Supporting teaching and learning
• Protecting vulnerable populations
We are very pleased to see multiple areas where the BCSS system level tentative plans align with the recommendations from GaDOE and GDPH. We will continue to incorporate the most current information and continue collaborating with our local health officials, as we work to develop a plan that best supports the Barrow community.
We anticipate school will begin this fall with either in-person classes, Learning from Home, or a hybrid model. We are currently reviewing the results of our district survey. As plans are finalized, we will share detailed plans with our staff, families and community.
Thank you for your support while we continue making preparations for this fall. We look forward to welcoming our students back as soon as we are able.
Dr. Chris McMichael
Barrow County School System