Gainesville City Schools will return from winter break with remote instruction due to an increase in COVID-19 cases in the Gainesville/Hall County community, according to a press release from the school system.
All Gainesville City Schools students will participate in remote instruction from Jan. 6 through Jan. 15, according to the release. The change was made after reviewing community COVID-19 case information, and after having discussions with the Department of Public Health, Northeast Georgia Health System and others.
“We must work together to decrease the current peak in Gainesville/Hall County so we can return to a Face-to-Face instructional environment,” reads the release.
The release states positive COVID-19 cases and/or exposures to COVID-19 must be reported to the school system using the established reporting process.
The open house for students transitioning from Gainesville Virtual Academy to face-to-face learning is still scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 5. Students who need to meet their teacher and receive a schedule can also still do so during this open house.
Meals will also be delivered to students each weekday, starting Wednesday, Jan. 6.
Online instruction will take place daily, and will be based on face-to-face daily schedules, according to the release.
Attendance will also be taken daily for all grades. However, attendance for grades pre-k through fifth grade will be determined by attendance at a minimum of one remote session and completion of assignments.
Packets can also be picked up at schools for students in grades pre-k through fifth grade that cannot attend online instruction. Attendance for these students will be determined based on the completion of these packets.
More information on the change is available on the Gainesville City Schools website.