No plans to halt classroom instruction in Thomasville schools

By Barry H. Hendrix
Garth Moss, Thomasville city school superintendent, wanted to dispel rumors at the Nov. 17 meeting of the Thomasville City Board of Education.
The meeting was held in the Thomasville High School library.
“The rumors have been rampant that we were going to shut down,” he said. “I don’t know where that is coming from. It didn’t come from my office.
“(Dr. Eric Mackey, state school superintendent) has been adamant…to keep the doors open. They (the state department) understand that virtual learning is not being very successful across the state. Our kids are struggling. They are falling behind. …He understands that - so he has continued to encourage us to keep the doors open if at all possible. If you have to shut down, shut down for a short period of time. 
“…It has been a struggle (with different teachers being out due to positive tests for Coronavirus or quarantine due to close contact with a person who is positive),” Moss said.
As of Nov. 17, there were four teachers in the school system who had tested positive and two teachers in quarantine, he said. “The only thing that would get us to shut down is having too many staff out.
“…We are going to try the best we can to keep the doors open as long as we can. That is the best thing for our kids.”
Moss again complemented the school system’s faculty and staff on their work during the current pandemic. “We haven’t had a huge outbreak because of the plan that we put in place,” he said. “Our people are doing their best to follow that plan.”
Parents are also doing a better job of not sending sick children to school, the superintendent said. “That has helped us to keep the spread down.”
Thanksgiving holidays will be recognized in the Thomasville City Schools District as there will be no classes from Monday, Nov. 23 to Friday, Nov. 27.
In addition, school will be out for Christmas-New Year’s from Dec. 21, 2020, to Jan. 1, 2021.
Students return Jan. 6.
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