CAIRO, Ga. (WTXL) — Parents across South Georgia are preparing for the first day of school.
Valdosta, Thomas, and Grady County schools are all welcoming students back to either brick and mortar or virtual classes starting Tuesday.
All three used approximately three extra weeks of preparation time to ensure student and staff safety.
All three asked parents to do their part by sending children to school only after at home health assessments and with the proper protective gear.
"Parents seem excited," said Chiquila Wright, the principal at Eastside Elementary. "I’ve had several parents call and say thank you for the information that we got, we feel very comfortable with the students starting on Tuesday. So they were very appreciative."
Wright also says that her school has all of their PPE equipment in place and teachers are taking the right measures to make sure students remain socially distanced.
"We are making sure that we have all of our PPE equipment. Our teachers are excited. they are making sure that their classrooms are not overcrowded, taking all of the extra furniture out of the classrooms," said Wright. "We have rescheduled to make sure that social distancing is priority and that our kids are safe and actually ready for school."
Parents in Grady County who may still be hesitant to send their children back to brick and mortar can opt for digital learning through Friday.