- By Mercedes Parham
- Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Message from our Superintendent: Re-opening plan update
We have continued to closely monitor the data related to the spread of COVID-19 in our community to include discussions with epidemiologists and infectious disease specialists from Emory University. These specialists cited specific benchmarks that indicated increased spread of the virus for our community. Based on current data, in consultation our local medical and public health agencies, we will start school on August 17, 2020 with virtual instruction. In this model, instruction will be conducted virtually for all students through the first progress reporting period, September 9, 2020 (3 ½ weeks).
We are working diligently to prepare our teachers, hence the delayed start, to ensure the digital learning environment looks very different from what we experienced in March through May of last school year. Details related to device delivery, instructional supports, the Program for Exceptional Students, and Verification Day are forthcoming from your student’s assigned school. We have shifted Verification Day to begin August 10, 2020.
During this time, we will continue to monitor our community’s status for re-opening measures. In order to prepare for a tentative re-opening after September 9, 2020 with our choice model, we need your declared school preference for either in-person or virtual instruction by 12:00 noon, July 24, 2020.
Please know that this decision was not taken lightly. Balancing the educational needs of our students with the health and safety of over 31,000 students and 5,500 employees is difficult, but given the current health data, the many unknowns associated with this virus, and the potential tragic outcomes, I felt this was the prudent course of action. We understand your concerns and will do our best to address them with the resources available to us.
Thank you for your understanding during this difficult time. We are committed to implementing the choice model as soon as possible.
David F. Lewis, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Education
Muscogee County School District