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Board meets June 25, 6:30 p.m.; Key topics - Budget & Return-to-School Plan
Posted 6/24/20

     The Bulloch County Board of Education will host its scheduled work session on Thursday, June 25, at 6:30 p.m., in the cafetorium of the school district's Central Office, located at 150 Williams Road in Statesboro. The entrance to this area is located on the left side (southeast side) of the building under the portico. The meeting space is open to the public. All guests are asked to maintain a social distance in the interest of public health.
     Key topics for the meeting include the following: (1) A vote by the Board on the proposed Fiscal Year 2021 Budget; (2) A presentation of the school district's final draft strategy to reopen schools on August 3. The school district will communicate the final strategy to parents June 26 - July 1; and (3) the Student Code of Conduct for School Year 2020-2021.

     The full agenda and Board packet are attached below and available online. For your convenience any presentations will be uploaded to the website prior to the meeting and displayed within the livestream for your reference.
      Watch meetings live via livestream or later via the archived video on our website. For all news media inquiries, contact the school district's Public Relations Department  for assistance or call 912.212.8512 or 912.536.2827.  If you experience technical difficulties during the meeting email for help or text 912.536.2827.

     

A draft of the two-page key points for the Bulloch Goes Back plan is attached below.

 

Key points for the instructional portion of the final draft return-to-school plan include the following:

  • Bulloch County Schools will begin school on August 3.
  • In July parents will choose the instructional delivery method for their child (Traditional face-to-face or our fully online Virtual Program). The school district will distribute information to parents the second week of July for them to make the choice for their child.

Traditional Face-to-Face Model

  • We will offer a traditional face-to-face instruction model for grades PreK - 12 with specific health protocols in place for the different levels of COVID-19 spread. 
  • An online Distance Learning Plan will be activated for our traditional face-to-face students in grades PreK-12 if the virus spread becomes substantial. 
  • The school district has a plan in place to accommodate the technology and Internet needs of students if the Distance Learning Plan is activated.

Virtual Program Model

  • Virtual Program vs. Distance Learning Plan - There is a difference between the Virtual Program and the Distance Learning Plan we will offer.
  • We will offer a Virtual Program model for grades 6-12.
  • We will not offer a Virtual Program for grades PK-5. In the Low/No and Mild/Moderate spread levels, face-to-face instruction is the only option we will offer for grades PK-5. If a substantial spread of the virus leads to school closures, all students in grades PreK-12 who are enrolled in our face-to-face model will transition to our Distance Learning Plan with required, graded online instructional activities.  
  • We will offer a fully-online Virtual Program option for grades 6-8 through our Edgenuity platform. These are pre-recorded lessons, not taught by our teachers, but progress will be monitored frequently by our faculty to ensure mastery of academic standards. If a substantial spread of the virus leads to school closures, students who enroll in our Virtual Program for grades 6-12 will continue in their scheduled Virtual Program courses as normal.
  • We will offer a fully-online Virtual Program option for grades 9-12 through our Edgenuity platform. These are pre-recorded lessons, not taught by our teachers, but progress will be monitored frequently by our faculty to ensure mastery of academic standards. We will also offer access to options through Georgia Virtual School, dual enrollment, and work-based learning. If a substantial spread of the virus leads to school closures, students who enroll in our Virtual Program for grades 6-12 will continue in their scheduled Virtual Program courses as normal. 

On Thursday, June 11, Superintendent of Schools Charles Wilson presented a draft return-to-school plan to the Board of Education. A copy of this draft plan is attached, and you can watch the video of the Board meeting on our website. The purpose of the presentation was to be transparent and allow the Board of Education and community to provide additional comments and questions about the plan. 

 

The plan is based on Georgia's Path to Recovery Plan for K-12 Schools (a copy is attached), guidelines from the Georgia Department of Community Health, and results from the Parent Survey and Employee Survey the school district distributed in May.

 

Principals lead the work

The school district has multiple, principal-led committees staffed with teachers and other key faculty members who are finalizing localized solutions. This collaboration along with the vital survey feedback parents and employee provided are helping finalize the plan.

 

Monitor Communications

Parents and the public can continue to use the school district's COVID-19 website's frequently asked questions area to help monitor back-to-school information as well as monitor telephone and email communications from the school district and area news media.