Classes in Thomasville school system moving to virtual only

By Barry H. Hendrix
All students in the Thomasville City Schools District will receive virtual instruction only beginning, Monday, Jan. 25.
Classes at Thomasville High School had already moved to virtual, and the period of virtual only instruction will remain for all students until Monday, Feb. 8. 
Additional cases of COVID infection and quarantine have prompted school officials to take the precautionary measure. “Our numbers have ticked up at the middle school over the past two days,” said Garth Moss, Thomasville school superintendent. “We are also starting to see some baseline numbers at the elementary school start to tick up.”
Faculty and staff will continue to come to work at campuses. Crews will come into the three campuses and provide a deep cleaning during the virtual time period, Moss said.
School buses with Wi-fi will be stationed again at locations throughout the district beginning Wednesday, Jan. 27. The stationing of Wi-fi will be two days late because the buses have to receive their annual state inspection on Jan. 25 and 26, he said.
Packets will be sent home today, Jan. 22, for students in kindergarten and first grade students. Pre-K families will receive a letter with instructions. Laptop computers will be sent home Jan. 22 for grades second through fourth.
NOTE: Any elementary student who is absent on Jan. 22 can pick up their laptop or packet on Monday, Jan. 25.
“We apologize to our parents,” Moss said. “We know it is a hardship. We are trying to keep everybody as safe as we possibly can. We think this is in the best interest of all of our students.”
An announcement on meals for students will be posted at a later time.
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