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Thomas County Schools Have Finalized Fall Reopening Plans

Young woman holds a backpack by the handle.
Scott Webb
Parents have until Friday to let school officials know whether they want their child to enroll in virtual classes.

In Thomas County, parents have until Friday to enroll their child in virtual classes. If they don't respond by the deadline, a school official will reach out to the family. If the parent doesn't answer, the child will be automatically enrolled in physical classes.

In a recent survey, Thomas County Schools reported 80% of parents wanted their child to attend classes physically. For those students, face coverings will be required on buses, hallways, and other common areas—but not in the classroom. The only exemption is if a parent can provide a doctor's note as to why their child can't wear a mask. Each student will get two reusable face masks. If they lose or forget one, a disposable mask will be provided. Breakfast and lunch will be served in the classroom.

Temperatures will be checked daily for students and staff. Water fountains will be closed, and buses will have assigned seating. At the start of each grading period, parents can choose to switch their child from distance learning to physical and vice versa.

For virtual schooling, students will be expected to have reliable internet and must be able to log into classes with a device that has a camera and microphone. Schools will give out Chromebooks to students who choose distance learning. Teachers will give live daily lessons.