THOMASVILLE — A plan for returning to a school year more closely resembling one in the pre-2020 era has been posted to the Thomasville City Schools website for public comment.
Through the end of the month, parents will have an opportunity to sound off on what the final steps of the school system’s path to reopening looks like. The plan is to have students on campus in a safe environment, uninterrupted with no incorporation of remote learning for traditional students, according to Chris Kennedy, assistant superintendent and chief academic officer.
“This is just a summary of what we expect learning to look like for next year, which is that when we return to school on Monday, Aug. 16, we will be in person five days a week,” Kennedy said. “All instruction for 21-22 will be in person except for when remote instruction is a component of a course offering. We will continue to follow health and safety guidance from DPI and the Department of Health and Human Services, as well as any executive orders from the governor which might be in place at the time.”
Enhanced protocols for cleaning and disinfection will continue in the fall, Kennedy said. Social distance will be maintained to the extent practical, he said, and transportation will resume regular operation regarding routes, times and capacity.
At the end of the month, if there is any public comment that would require the attention of the school board, staff will bring it back to board members for consideration. If there is no public comment, the policy will stand as it is written.
Superintendent Cate Gentry praised students for their efforts in making reopening as seamless as possible throughout the last two school years. She also congratulated graduates for making the most of an unprecedented experience and is eager to witness the accomplishments of this year’s class.
“I think, this time last year, we were all hopeful our seniors would have a normal senior year, and unfortunately, they did not,” Gentry said. “But just as the class of 2020 stepped it up and was resilient and was able to go on and do great things, we know the class of 2021 is doing the same thing.”
Staff writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 336-888-3578, or at email@example.com.