Reopening of Schools

We are working tirelessly to prepare for the reopening of schools for the start of the 2020-2021 school year. We hope this information will help answer your questions as you prepare to make important choices regarding the education of your students this year. After reviewing the learning model options available for the 2020-2021 school year, we ask that you take the survey located at the bottom of this page by Monday, July 20, 2020 so be sure to scroll to the bottom. Questions regarding the three instructional models may be emailed to for response. 

Learning Model Options for 2020-2021 School Year

Option 1: Traditional In-Person Instructional Model (Grades PK-12)

The traditional model of instruction has an intended goal of providing in-person learning opportunities for students. This model is the most well-known model for the teaching and learning process. Students attend school in person, on campus five days a week, and learn in the classroom with the support of Newton County School System teachers who design learning, provide instruction and ongoing feedback, and support rich interaction and collaboration. Classrooms will be set up to observe social distancing and students and staff are expected to wear face-coverings. It is important to note, however, that the traditional model may be adjusted to a virtual model given the Department of Public Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, local health department officials, and the Georgia Department of Education feedback on community spread of COVID-19.

Option 2 School-based Virtual Learning (Grades PK-12)

In the school-based virtual model, instruction is delivered to students in PK-12 who are not at the school site. Students are taught by a Newton County School System (NCSS) teacher who will follow the district’s curriculum maps and use virtual learning software to support the teaching and learning process. This option requires heavy use of instructional technology, including digital tools that already are available in our classrooms (cameras, digital meeting platforms, and learning management systems). This online model leverages the strengths of teachers and staff in supporting the learning success of students.
The expectations and daily schedule will mirror that of in-person instruction, and virtual students will have a full instructional day, Monday-Friday, that includes all core academic courses (English Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies) along with specials/connections. Attendance will be taken and assignments will be graded by the assigned NCSS teacher. Grading practices will adhere to the current Newton County Grading Policy as stated in the student handbook (located in the student agenda). Students will receive progress reports and report cards on the dates indicated on the district’s school calendar.

Instructional Day
Elementary School 7:40-2:20
Middle School 9:00-4:15
High School 8:15-3:15

There is a significant commitment needed by parents/guardians to help facilitate learning virtually. As a result, parents who select the school-based virtual option will be required to commit to this option for the first semester of the 2020-2021 school year. If requested, students will receive a Chromebook and/or mobile hot spot. Furthermore, instructional support resources such as textbooks and manipulatives will be provided to all students. Plans for distribution of materials will be communicated prior to the start of the school year. A NCSS teacher will deliver instruction in option two. The Newton County School System remains responsible for the education of all students eligible for special education services with an individualized education plan (IEP). As a result, each students’ IEP team will work to ensure that the student receives a free and appropriate education.

Option 3 Self-paced Virtual Academy Model (Grades 6-12 only)

The school system will offer a self-paced virtual academy to students in grades 6-12. This virtual academy combines the benefits of a traditional school with the flexibility and personalization that online learning offers. Our competency-based learning approach allows students to move faster or slower through the material, depending on their individual skills and knowledge. Students will have the freedom to adapt their schedules to accommodate their other interests. They can succeed regardless of time, place, and learning style.
Students attending the Newton Online Academy will receive instruction via a virtual learning platform. Students will not be taught by a Newton County School System teacher; however, educators from within the district will monitor student attendance, track progress during the course, and support each student during his or her learning experience. Parents will enroll their student on an annual basis, with the option of returning to the base school after the first semester. It is critical that parents are committed to playing a strong supportive role to ensure success of the online program from home.

Newton County Schools Required Learning Model Selection

Required Learning Model Selection

Please follow this link to the required learning model selection form. This selection form is designed to capture parent and student choices regarding which Newton County School System learning model you are selecting. This selection form MUST be completed for every student in the Newton County School System. The deadline for completion has been extended to Monday, July 20, 2020, at 5:00 pm. If you choose the “In-Person, Traditional Model” you will be asked to indicate whether your child will need Newton County School transportation services (bus). If you choose the virtual learning model you will be asked to indicate whether your child has access to reliable internet service and/or a device that is internet capable. If your child is in grades 6-12 you will be able to choose from two virtual learning models (“School-Based Virtual Model” OR “Self-Paced Virtual Model”). If your child is in grades PK-5 and you choose the virtual model your child will be enrolled in the “School-Based Virtual Model”.

Your child’s name, birth date, student number, grade level and school will be required in order for you to access the selection form. You will also need to enter the guardian name and email address.

We are not able to share student numbers via email. The number that is required is the 6 digit number used as the school lunch number by students. If your child is in Pre-K or Kindergarten please enter 123456 in the student number field. If you have a child that is grade 1-12 and you do not know the number, please enter 999999 in the field. If your child has not been enrolled in the Newton County School System yet, you will need to make your selection known at the time of registration.

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