GC High School and Sonoraville High move to hybrid amid spike in COVID cases

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Gordon County Schools has found it necessary to move to hybrid instructional model, as outlined in the district’s Back to School guidance in August, for both Gordon Central High School and Sonoraville High School beginning Monday, October 19.  The tentative return date to full-time, in-person instruction will be Monday, November 30, 2020.

The decision to temporarily move to a hybrid schedule for both Gordon County high schools is a precautionary measure and comes following an increase in active COVID cases, resulting in a higher number of precautionary quarantines. Currently, there are seven (7) positive student cases at Gordon Central and eleven (11) students who are under quarantine from Sonoraville High School because they have tested positive for COVID-19.

Gordon County Schools continues to carefully monitor the active cases that impact schools.  According to the Department of Public Health, the seven-day average of new cases reported increased 4.3% statewide; however, the seven-day average is down 66% state-wide from the peak on July 24.  Gordon County is not labeled by the DPH as having high-transmission indicators at this time.

During this change in the instructional delivery model, all high school students will continue to receive instruction from their assigned classroom teachers utilizing Schoology but will only attend school in-person every other week, based upon the student’s last name.  Having only half of the students in class at one time will allow for additional distancing among students within the classroom. Faculty and staff will work to prepare for this transition on Friday, October 16, and school will be closed to students.  From Monday, October 19 through Friday, October 23, all high school students will have one week of online learning through Schoology.  This will allow adequate time for facilities to receive extra disinfecting and sanitation and for teachers to plan for hybrid instruction.

Beginning Monday, October 26, students whose last names begin with the letters A-K will attend school for in-person instruction for one week, and students whose last names begin with the letters L-Z will complete lessons online through Schoology.  The week of Monday, November 2, students whose last names begin with the letters L-Z will attend school in person, and those with last names beginning with A-K will complete lessons online.  This pattern will continue until Thanksgiving break.  For a complete schedule, visit our webpage.

If a family has children in the same household who would be on a different schedule, please contact the school to make any necessary accommodations for children to attend together.  Additional details will be sent from the schools in the coming days.

Extracurricular activities will continue, unless otherwise notified by the school.  This closure does not impact any other Gordon County school, and all elementary and middle schools will operate as normal.

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Principal Brian Hall said the on-line learning will be much different than what the students had in the spring.

A case of COVID-19 and the effects of contract tracing has led to Gordon Central High School closing through September 1 so the school can disinfect and hopefully, resume in-person learning. School started Friday for the students.

One student and four teachers tested positive according to Brian Hall, principal, but the contact tracing exposure, within six-feet for at least 15 minutes.

“It’s a matter of not having enough teachers,” said Brian Hall, principal.

Education will continue through Schoology, but it will be different than what the students used in March, when schools first closed due the novel coronavirus.

“Teachers will . . .reinvent the way we instruct virtually,” Hall said. “This will not be like it was back in March. Teachers will be able to record videos, meet with students via video apps and the experience will be much more interactive.”

Online classes will begin on Monday and resume in-person on September 2. Visit gcbe.org for more information.

“I am proud of our students, faculty and staff for following our new protocols, procedures and expectations to keep our GC Tribe safe,” said Hall, adding that students have worn masks, practicing social distancing, and washing their hands and staff have worked diligently cleaning, instructing and caring for the students.

The school will allow students to retrieve any items left, but they need to call ahead. Hall added athletic programs will continue per Georgia Highschool Sports Association.

The school will also provide breakfast and lunch for students. Starting Thursday, Aug. 20, meals will be available from 11-1p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Tuesday will include breakfast and lunch for Tuesday and Wednesday and Thursday will include breakfast and lunch for Thursday through Monday. Costs will be what the students normally pay. For students on free and reduced lunch plans will either be free or 40-cents. Regular price is $2.40. This service is only available to Gordon Central students.

Gordon County Board of Commissioners discuss noise  and CARES act in their regular meeting. Read about it here.


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