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With more remote learning likely ahead, school board removes planned days from calendar

Hall County high schoolers for “several years now” have had remote learning days in their school calendar. 

But with much of this spring spent schooling from home and more anticipated this year due to the coronavirus, the Board of Education voted unanimously Monday, Aug. 10, to remove those scheduled days -- Sept. 30 and Feb. 24 – from the 2020-21 calendar. 

District spokesman Stan Lewis said the amendment to this year’s calendar was made because the district anticipates needing to go to remote learning at some point during the year as it is, due to potential cases of COVID-19 being contracted by Hall students. 

“We feel like we’ve probably done enough remote learning this past spring, and in all likelihood, we’ll be doing some more of it as we get into the upcoming school year,” he said. “So, we don’t see the need to have a scheduled school from home day for high school students.”  

Several changes have already been made to the calendar, including delaying the start of school to Aug. 24.