Hall County Schools will return to in-school learning on Aug. 7 as originally planned but with “safety precautions in place throughout the school day,” according to an announcement made on the Hall County School District Facebook page late on Thursday, June 25.
According to the post, Hall school principals met with “district leadership personnel” at The Oaks at Lanier College and Career Academy on Thursday to discuss options for the 2020-2021 school year, as well as review feedback from surveys given to Hall schools students and parents. Committees from outreach and communications, mental and physical wellness, instruction, operations, technology and facilities all made presentations to principals, providing options for them to consider regarding a return to in-school learning.
The announcement states that following Thursday’s discussion, the school system decided on three things: The school year would begin on Aug. 7, learning will take place in school buildings with safety precautions taken and the district will work with families who do not feel comfortable sending their students back to school.
The post did not give specifics on the safety precautions that would be employed but did say the school district would provide updates on Facebook and on the school system's website as more information becomes available.
Stan Lewis, HCSD director of community relations, wrote via text that school leadership would meet again on July 9 to discuss further details for a return plan. Lewis added that while there was no deadline currently set for when the plan would be finalized, “I anticipate us doing that soon.”
According to the school calendar on the system's website, Monday Aug. 3 will be the first teacher workday of the year. There will be teacher workdays the following Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday before the start of school on Friday. New teacher orientation will take place July 29-31.