Announcement on Return From Holiday Break

Superintendent's Letter to NCSS Families Regarding the First Week Students Return to School After Winter Holiday Break
Posted on 12/10/2020
Newton County School System Important AnnouncementDear Parents and Families,

Announcement: Newton County Schools will begin school in a virtual format and/or with pre-developed assignments for the first four days of school, January 5-8, 2021.

As we are gearing up for the holidays, we are already excited about having a fresh start in 2021. This year has been hard for everyone, and we are continually grateful for our families’ resilience, flexibility, and support as we have navigated these challenging times together.

With the current quarantine guidelines and recommendations, we will begin all learning in a virtual format and/or with pre-designed assignments for the first four days of school immediately following the Winter Holidays, January 5-8, 2021. Our regular in-person learning option will resume on January 11th. Please note, current virtual students will participate as normal.

We know that many students and their families will gather to celebrate during the holiday season and as a result, may come in close contact with or actually contract the COVID-19 virus. These extra few days of virtual-only learning will allow for exposure times to occur after the holidays and will minimize risk for students and faculty returning to school following the holiday break.

It is always our top priority to keep our staff and your children safe as we educate them for the future.

Schools will develop their instructional guidelines and procedures and notify parents of assignments and coursework required during the first four days of school in January. If technology is required, schools will work with parents to provide devices. Parents and/or guardians of in-person learners are welcome to pick-up free breakfast and lunch meals daily from 11:00-1:00 PM at the nearest school. Virtual learners will continue to receive meals via their assigned bus route stops.

I want to stress that there are no plans to revert to an all-virtual learning model for the second semester. Additionally, it is very important that all students participate January 5-8, 2021. Depending on the information you receive from your child’s school, our current in-person students will be required to participate virtually and/or do the coursework assigned during this period of time in order to be marked present. Pre-developed assignments that are provided to students before the break begins must be completed by the time in-person students report to their first day in-person on January 11, 2021.

Parents with questions or concerns should contact their school administrator for additional details.

We look forward to seeing everyone virtually on January 5th and then seeing our in-person learning students on January 11th.

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Samantha Fuhrey