By Tia Lynn Ivey
All Morgan County Schools, along with every other K-12 school in Georgia, will be closed through March in an attempt to slow the spread of the Coronavirus Pandemic. Georgia Governor Brian Kemp announced the decision late last week.
Superintendent Dr. James Woodard is committed to keeping the schools “operational” despite the physical absence of students, with school leaders designing at-home and online course work.
“With extended suspension and closure, we are preparing how to work from home,” said Woodard. “These times call for special people, creating special solutions, being critical thinkers and working through these situations to still deliver to our community a solid education for our students,” said Woodard. “We have got to think through that all of us together, individually and corporately as a team, corporately as a school and waking with out community make sure our kids are served through these abnormal times.”
Woodard urged parents to keep in contact with school leaders to keep up with new information and opportunities.
“We are asking our parents to stay tuned with us through Infinite Campus,” said Woodard. Infinite Campus the communication portal for parents of Morgan County school students.
For the week of March 16th through March 20, school lunches will still be available for pickup at Morgan County Middle School, Morgan County High School, Buckhead Baptist Church and Rutledge Baptist Church from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“The student must be present to receive a meal,” said a school official.
Now that schools will be closed at least through March, Morgan County school officials are working on how to extend lunch provisions in the coming weeks.
“We will still be providing lunches for students after March 20,” said Woodard. “But we are still working out the times and locations they will be available. Parents will be notified once we figure it out.”
In a message to to teachers and faculty, Woodard promised everyone would be paid despite school closures and asked everyone to be flexible in the tasks asked of them as they forge ahead with remote learning during the pandemic.
Woodard thanked his teachers and staff for remaining calm and providing stability and guidance to students and families. He urged school officials to think ahead in the face of the Coronavirus Pandemic that could affect education practices throughout the next three months and beyond.
“Think about how we will work differently than how we have in the past. Use this time to try to help us identify ways we can do this better in the future,” said Woodard. “Things will continue to be on a day to day basis with decision making, we will continue to keep you informed as we have this week.
Woodard pledged to continue working to ensure “the best delivery of education in Morgan County in these very unusual circumstances.”