4 more Richmond County schools switch to home-based learning


AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW / WAGT) – Continuing to send students home to learn as COVID cases erupt, the Richmond County school system announced Tuesday that four more schools are switching to home learning.

Lamar-Milledge Elementary, Langford Middle, TW Josey High and Westside High will switch to home learning for the remainder of the week, with students returning for in-person instruction on January 18 following Martin Luther King Jr.’s vacation.

The announcement came a day after the district switched seven more schools to home learning, which followed the transition from 11 last week.

All transitions are blamed on staff shortages due to the COVID-19 outbreak which is fueled by the ultra-contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus.

On Monday, the district said Blythe Elementary Schools, CT Walker Traditional Magnet, Glenn Hills High, Gracewood Elementary, Murphey Middle, Spirit Creek Middle and Willis Foreman will transition to the home learning model Tuesday through Friday. Students will return for in-person instruction on January 18.

The district announced Friday that A. Brian Merry, Barton Chapel, Diamond Lakes, Monte Sano and Terrace Manor elementary schools will switch to home learning Monday through Wednesday, with students returning for in-person instruction on Thursday.

Also last week, the district said Tobacco Road, Wheeless Road and WS Hornsby and Laney High School elementary schools will switch to home learning from Friday to Tuesday, and Sue Reynolds and Jenkins-White elementary schools will switch to the model. home learning from Thursday to Monday. .

For campuses that are closing, meals are available for pickup on school days from the side entrance of the school cafeterias between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

“The Richmond County school system will continue to follow the advice of public health officials to ensure that the appropriate recommendations are followed to clean and disinfect our school facilities and act in the best interests of our students, teachers and staff.” the district said in a statement. declaration.

McDuffie County

THOMSON, Georgia – Students in the McDuffie County school system will have a few extra days off to start the week, according to the school system.

The district had already delayed the start of the school year after the break, to allow time to assess the rising tide of COVID cases that are driven by the ultra-contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus.

There were no classes scheduled for Monday or Tuesday, depending on the district.

The district will assess membership on Tuesday afternoon.

“At that point, the decision will be made on returning students or virtual learning for the rest of the week,” the district said in a Facebook post.

During this period, all sports and extracurricular activities will be suspended.

McDuffie County was one of many outlying districts that delayed the return of students after winter recess.

Orangeburg County

ORANGEBURG, SC – Citing a growing number of teacher and nurse absences, two Orangeburg County schools will switch to virtual learning on Monday.

Orangeburg County School District officials announced on Sunday evening that Edisto Elementary School and Carver Edisto Middle School will begin a 100% virtual education model until the return to in-person learning on January 18 .

Teachers and staff will show up for work in person, officials said.

The statement says, in part:

“We will continue to work together to keep schools open to our students and families, and we are grateful for the flexibility and teamwork of our students, families, teachers and staff as we navigate these difficult times together. “

Orangeburg County reported 216 new cases of the coronavirus on Jan.5, according to DHEC.

Aiken County

AIOKE, SC – The Aiken County School District has issued guidelines on the COVID protocol. Here is an overview of the guidelines:

TThe isolation period for an HIV-positive person can end after day 5 provided that all the criteria for ending isolation are met. A mask should be worn until day 10.

  • The quarantine period for a person exposed to a positive case may end soon after day 5 with a negative supplier test administered no earlier than day 4 and no symptoms. A mask should be worn until day 10.
  • To be exempt from quarantine if identified as close contact, you must have received all vaccine doses for which you are eligible (initial vaccination series completed and booster for those 18 years of age and over, or initial vaccination series completed for 5-17 years old).
  • Students and staff should stay home if they are not feeling well. Parents should contact the school nurse if a student cannot attend school. Employees should complete the appropriate online reporting form under I am, an employee, Coronavirus Information.

The following changes are being implemented in our COVID protocols as per state guidelines:

  • Positive people will isolate themselves for 5 days. The person can return to school / work on day 6 if they meet the following criteria:
  • 5 days have passed since the onset of symptoms or the date of the test if no symptoms
  • 24 hours have passed since the last fever without taking medicine to reduce the fever
  • Overall improvement in symptoms
  • Mask should be worn on 6-10 days
  • Close unvaccinated contacts without symptoms may return to school / work on day 6 with a negative test collected no earlier than day 4. Masks should be worn until day 10.
  • DHEC now uses the term maximally vaccinated for people who have completed their primary series and received a booster, if they are eligible. Any eligible person who has not received a booster after 6 months from the last dose of Moderna or Pfizer, or after 2 months of their Johnson and Johnson vaccine, is not considered maximum vaccinated.

Columbia County

EVANS, Georgia – The Columbia County school system sent parents a letter on Wednesday explaining the changes to educate children while keeping them safe.

Read the letter:

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