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Update on upcoming school year 6-29-2020

June 29, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We are very excited to begin the 2020-2021 school year. We understand that we will face many trials and challenges as we move forward. We look forward to working through those issues with you as we finalize our plan to provide a safe and instructionally sound plan for reopening Thomasville City Schools.
State Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey and his staff released the ALSDE Roadmap to Reopening Schools on Friday, June 26. We will use this guide as we make plans moving forward. While looking through all of the available guidance and information, the ultimate decisions we make will always be based on the physical and mental well-being of Thomasville students, faculty, and staff.
We will continue to share details of our reopening as they become available over the next few weeks. Here are some important things to consider as we move forward:

School will start on Aug. 17 with two options:

• Traditional (face to face)
• or Remote (students will work online from home and teachers regularly check-in and provide virtual instruction. Students in grades 9-12 will be enrolled in ACCESS classes and will have an online teacher provided through ACCESS.
This is not a commitment for the entire school year.
We will establish checkpoints where families can choose to return to traditional learning. However, students will not be allowed to return at any time they choose.
Full-time remote instruction will require a greater daily time commitment than was experienced during the last quarter of 2019-2020.

Note: For students who choose Traditional learning, a Blended opportunity will also be in place. This will enable students to transition between traditional and remote and back again, which will be crucial if we need to close a classroom or a school for cleaning and disinfecting and/or if your child needs to stay home for an extended amount of time. Students choosing Remote learning, will only be allowed to return to Traditional at certain times established by the Board.

An online registration form will be forthcoming from your child’s school. We will ask that families decide if remote learning will be desired by July 20.

Should current rates of COVID-19 exist, as they do today within the City of Thomasville, students in Thomasville City Schools will begin face-to-face classroom instruction on Monday, Aug. 17, 2020. With that being said, the decisions that are being made today are fluid and subject to change based on infection rates within the Thomasville community.

In July, we will release specific precautionary measures that we intend to implement. This will be based on the continued monitoring of the infection rate in Thomasville. Please know that there is no foolproof plan that can be developed. Our school administrators and central office staff members have met and will continue to meet to prepare for school opening and details will be presented in mid-July.

One of the greatest attributes of the Thomasville City School system has always been the collaborative effort of parents, teachers, administrators, community members and most importantly students. It will take this continued team effort as we lean on one another to work through what will potentially be the most challenging school year we have ever faced.
In closing, I am reminded of a speech that President John F. Kennedy gave in September of 1962.
“We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because the goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win.” Teachers did not go into this work because it is easy, but because they are passionate about shaping children’s futures. This is our moon mission!

We are Thomasville Strong!

Garth Moss
Superintendent