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Press Release: July 23, 2020
Rabun County School System believes that education is a partnership with our community and we greatly appreciate your support and encouragement during these unusual times. Thank you for your input as it has been helpful in developing our reopening plan. Information related to COVID-19 is rapidly changing and we are doing our best to prepare for the upcoming year with the information we have available.
As we move toward the start of a new year, our team is emphasizing flexibility while still maintaining high-quality educational opportunities for all students. Rabun County Schools Leadership Team has been working diligently to develop a comprehensive reopening plan for our staff and students this fall. Our plan reflects guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Georgia Department of Education (GADOE), state and local health officials, and input from the community.
At this time, Rabun County Schools plan to begin the 2020-21 school year for teachers and staff as scheduled on August 5, 2020. Students in kindergarten through 12 grade will return on August 19, 2020. Pre-k students will start school on August 24, 2020. Please note that this is a change from our original calendar. For those students not ready to return to face-to-face instruction, a 100% Virtual Learning option is available. Our Road to Reopening Plan for the 2020-21 school year can be found by clicking here.
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We are posting our Road to Reopening to share with you many of the enhancements and changes to procedures you can expect as your student returns to school. We will be offering a 100% virtual option for students in grades K-12. Please use the link to the "Parent Choice for 20-21 Learning Options" form to indicate which option, traditional or virtual you want for each of your students. Please complete the form once for each student by July 23rd. We need this information to make appropriate adjustments to schedules to serve your students. If you have any questions, please contact us.
We will continue to make enhancements and changes to our plans as needed. Please know the safety and wellness of our students, employees, and community are top priorities.
Thank you for your support and patience during these unprecedented times.
As we continue to prepare for the start of the school year, the safety and education of your children are our top priorities. We all share many concerns regarding the current pandemic and its impact on education. During the week of July 6th-9th, we will be reaching out to each family by phone to gather important information from each of you about the start of school.
While many questions are still unanswered, safety remains our primary concern. System leaders continue to collaborate with several local and state health and safety officials to monitor the events surrounding COVID-19 and the level of spread in our community. The Georgia Department of Public Health will issue guidance to the level of spread in the community. Our most recent communication indicates that Rabun County has Minimal to Moderate Spread. The formula to determine the level is still being reviewed and may change before the start of school. Additionally, we are working with our local Health Department to use additional data in determining the spread as it relates to returning to school. The guidance document provided by the Georgia Department of Education and the Georgia Department of Public Health can be reviewed at https://www.georgiainsights.com/recovery.html.
Based on the review of the most recent information available, it is our intention to reopen schools in person in accordance with the approved 2020-2021 system calendar. Please keep in mind that this is subject to change, based on new developments and guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Public Health, and the Georgia Department of Education. We will continue to closely monitor the situation and provide updated information to you as it becomes available.
Because many factors exist beyond our control, we appreciate your understanding and patience as we continue to refine the plans for providing a safe and healthy learning environment for all. Our goal is to begin school with a traditional opening with added disease prevention measures such as additional hand sanitizing opportunities, daily temperature checks, increased cleanings, and limited visitors. However, we will make final decisions closer to the start of school with the most current data possible.
The new immunization requirement has been extended for 1 year. Effective July 1, 2021, children 16 years of age and older, who are entering the 11th grade (including new entrants), must have received one booster dose of the meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4) unless their initial dose was administered on or after their 16th birthday. All other immunizations requirements remain the same for the 20-21 school year.
We value our families and our community and strive to provide the best services for our students and give them the quality education they deserve.
Thank you for your support,
Rabun County Schools