Colquitt County Schools to pause in-person learning due to 'severe staffing shortage'

Colquitt County High School
Posted at 7:17 PM, Jan 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-20 19:21:04-05

COLQUITT COUNTY, Ga. (WTXL) — The Colquitt County School System announced Wednesday that they will be pausing in-person learning for all students in the district for six school days beginning Friday.

The school district said in a Facebook post that they are facing a severe staffing shortage due to the number of quarantined staff.

“Our staff and substitute reserves are depleted due to the number of employees quarantined. Student and staff safety is of the utmost importance," said Superintendent Doug Howell. "The decision to pause instruction will give the system a full ten days without contact in hopes of lessening the quarantine numbers we are currently experiencing."

The in-person learning pause will begin on Friday, Jan. 22 and run through Jan. 29, with remote learning beginning Jan. 25.

The school district said that the current plan is to reopen for in-person learning on Feb. 1.

Should the pause of instruction need to be extended parents and guardians will receive a REMIND alert, and a message will be placed on the school website and school Facebook pages.

As far as meals go, the school district said each school cafeteria will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. each weekday throughout the pause for grab-and-go meals that include breakfast and lunch.

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