Monday, August 31 2020
BCSS Parents and Students-
I am writing to express reassurance that it remains our plan to move forward with offering an in-person learning opportunity beginning Tuesday, September 8. I would also like to thank everyone for making our virtual start to the new school year a successful experience. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our top priority has been to establish a plan that will allow us to resume teaching and learning in a manner that promotes engagement and safety. We have continued to monitor local transmission data as well as the transmission data related to our staff and students who have been active on campus. Most recently, our local transmission data has remained at a level that is well below what we were experiencing in late July. For example, for the week ending July 31, according to DPH data, Butts County reported 67 new COVID-19 cases. The last three weeks we have averaged 24 new cases. Likewise, our data within the school system has remained positive as well. Positive cases among our staff and/or students who have been active on campus has been minimal throughout each of our reopening phases.
For those wishing to continue with virtual learning, an orientation session is planned for Wednesday, September 2 for Elementary School and Thursday, September 3 for Middle and High School. Both sessions will be live at 5:00 PM each day and will be recorded for viewing on our website. Further details will be provided to those wishing to continue with virtual learning. In the coming days, each of our schools will be communicating additional details for those who will be returning to campus.
This has certainly been a unique and challenging time for all of us. I want you to know our staff remains committed to making our campuses a safe place to learn while also sustaining an engaging virtual learning experience. It will be vitally important for all of us to work together as one team to share in the responsibility for keeping everyone healthy during this historic time. Working together and demonstrating a collective commitment to our cornerstones of sustainability, provides us with the best chance to remain on campus throughout the school year.
Thank you for your continued support of BCSS and I wish each of you the best year yet.
Dr. Todd Simpson
Butts County Schools