July 27, 2020–9:21 a.m.
Students in the Floyd County School System will return to school on August 13 for traditional classes.
On Monday, the Floyd County School Board voted 4 to 1 to have in-person classes as opposed to virtual learning.
A recent survey showed that 85% of parents favored traditional classes.
School board member Chip Hood did his own survey.
Out of 115 emails I got this last week, 113 were in favor of all students back in school,” he said. “Out of 45 texts that I got, 42 said ‘let’s go back to school.’”
Board member Melinda Jeffers favored a more gradual rollout.
“With the continuing uptick in COVID-19, I think it would be irresponsible to bring students in all at the same time,” she said. “Also, with many people on both sides of the issue, I think bringing students in gradually is the best of both worlds. This will give us time to work out any kinks if there are any.”
Of course, sanitation protocols will be in place and there will be plenty of hand sanitizer.
Masks will not be mandated but they will be highly encouraged.
There will also be a virtual learning option for parents who feel uncomfortable sending their children back to school.