Last Monday, elementary and middle school students enrolled in the Clarke County School District had the option to return to their classrooms for in-person instruction for the first time since schools shuttered in March 2020 due to COVID-19.
According to CCSD Communications Manager Beth Moore, about 70% of the elementary and middle students elected to return to their traditional school buildings while the rest of their peers will continue the academic semester virtually.
Students are required to wear masks when not eating or on scheduled outdoor "mask breaks," and the district has equipped each school with a COVID-19 response team that consists of a nurse, administrator, Student Support Team member, receptionist and custodian.
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Aside from teachers sitting alone in their classrooms talking to a computer screen full of students, all Clarke County School District buildings were empty until Nov. 9.