DCSS announces January restart plans

(ALBANY, GA) – While minds are on the holiday season at this time, for the Dougherty County School System, they’re eyeing mid-January as an appropriate return date for students.

Right now, they’re set for January 11th, mainly due to concerns over COVID-19 cases rising over the holidays.

“As you know, cases have spiked recently, and if that trend continues, we may have to delay to in-person learning even more. We’re hoping that this is a temporary spike,” says DCSS Superintendent, Kenneth Dyer.

The school system had slowly been re-integrating in person learning throughout the Fall, with Dougherty County’s cases per 100 thousand rate above 250 in the last two weeks (according to the Georgia Department of Public Health), a plan needed to be put in motion.

That includes making sure that all students are connected should the situation take a turn for the worse.

Dyer says, “If however, we see a need to delay longer than the 11th due to cases rising, then we have asked our principals to have a contingency plan in place to provide drive-thru distribution of devices, if needed.”

In the meantime as the school system begins their holiday break at the end of the week, the school system is encouraging students, faculty, and their families to be safe, and that includes adhering to CDC guidelines.

“We are echoing the sentiment that we ask that they have small gatherings of people living in their houses, and if they connect with other family members and loved ones virtually, as we did with school, just for this one (holiday) season…,” says Dyer.

The Dougherty County School System says that they will not suspend meal delivery for students in the meantime.