After the strangest, and longest, summer at home, students from Walton County Public Schools head back to classrooms today.
Well some of them do. At least those who opted for the on campus choice. Others will begin classes today as well, just not on campus.
After finishing up all digital last year, a survey was sent out to all parents and, based on the responses, WCPS gave its students the choice of either attending school in the classroom with other students or at home through digital learning. This too is unchartered territory and, no doubt, adjustments will have to be made. Click or tap on this link for information about WCPS plans for a safe return to school for the 2020/2021 school year.
By the time students returned to school on Aug. 4, officials said that about 24 % of them (roughly 3,500) had chosen distance learning and the balance (roughly 10,500) had chosen to return to the on campus classroom.
Walton County Sheriff’s Office is asking everyone to be mindful of traffic laws and to be particularly careful in school zones and bus stops as students head back and to be patient over the next couple of weeks as everyone gets back to their school routine.
“Drivers should expect delays between the morning hours of 6:30am-8:30am and the afternoon hours of 2:00pm-3:45pm. You may experience heavier traffic in the areas of Highway 81 between Walnut Grove, Loganville, and Centerhill Church Road. We have five public schools, several daycares, and a multitude of subdivision all within a 5-mile radius. With the conjunction of daily traffic and Highway 81 being a major thoroughfare, we tend to see the largest delays in these areas.Other locations that you may experience a high volume of traffic is the area of Highway 11 from Bold Springs Road to the City Limits of Monroe and the area of Pannell Road and Harmony Church Road,” WCSO wrote on its Facebook page.
Social Circle City Schools will return to School, also under the option of distance or on campus school on Monday, August 10. Click or tap on this link for details.
Loganville Christian Academy will be returning to school on Aug. 12. Click or tap on this link for details on the planned return, which also has given both options.
Georgia Walton Academy has opted to wait a little longer and students will return on Aug. 19. As with the other schools, a plan has been developed to follow for students who are on campus as well as those who may require learning from a distance from time to time. Click or tap on this link for details.
Gwinnett County has decided to return on Aug. 12 under a full distance learning plan, at least for the first semester. Click or tap on this link for information on the back to school plan.