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Tift County Schools moves to 'Green' status, welcomes all who signed up for in-person instruction

Posted at 9:37 PM, Aug 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-18 21:37:26-04

TIFT COUNTY, Ga. (WTXL) — Tift County Schools announces it will begin in-person instruction for all who opted in on Monday, August 24.

In a statement provided by Tift County superintendent, Adam Hathaway, all students that have selected face-to-face instruction will attend school in person Monday through Friday beginning next week.

Tift County teachers have been operating with much smaller class sizes and Hathaway says that has afforded teachers the opportunity to evaluate each student and assess their needs as they move into the new school year.

Students who selected the full-time online option will not be affected by this change.

"After conversations with the Department of Public Health and local health officials and reviewing the data provided by those agencies, the number of positive COVID cases in Tift County continues to remain under 200 during the latest 14 day period," said Hathaway. "Our positivity rate is currently below 10, and we are also seeing fewer hospitalizations across our health district."

Hathaway said the district has worked hard to create classroom environments that allow for social distancing.

Tift County Schools says it encourages children to wash their hands and wear a mask whenever physical distancing is a challenge.

Hathaway said the extra time has also allowed them to clearly establish physical distancing protocols and procedures.