Virtual Learning has been a challenge this year for students and families across the U.S. and our system has been no exception. While we currently have a minimal number of students utilizing virtual instruction at this time, collection of data and conversations with students and parents show that most of our virtual students have had struggles in completing their work on the learning platforms. We do not feel Virtual Learning is in the best interest of our students. Face-to-face instruction is much more effective, and students also need socialization skills and interaction with their teachers and peers. Parents who prefer a virtual option for their children will have access to home school programs, state virtual schools, and online state charter schools. These virtual options are not connected to Chickamauga City Schools, so it will be important to apply and enroll early. Additional information is available through the Department of Education website at this link: https://www.gadoe.org/Curriculum-Instruction-and-Assessment/Pages/Home-Schools.aspx.
We will welcome back all returning students on a traditional, in-person schedule for the 2021-2022 school year, with the first day of school scheduled for Wednesday, August 11, 2021. We will continue to focus on students’ safety and put preventative protocols in place that follow health and safety guidelines outlined by the Department of Public Health and the CDC.