BCSS to start second semester virtually.

Posted by Butts County School System on 1/4/2021

BCSS Families,

As we plan to welcome students back to campus to begin our second semester,  we have carefully analyzed the local Covid 19 transmission data and consulted with local and state officials to guide our decision.  

As I am sure you know, it has been widely publicized that Covid-19 cases have increased across the nation in the past two weeks. I am sure that many of you have had friends or family members who have been sick or impacted by the virus in some way.  I know some of you may be feeling some anxiety as we prepare to return to campus for the second semester. Please know that our district leadership is working very closely with our local health officials to analyze and dig into the data that is most relevant to our county. In addition, we are reviewing our own school system data from reports of positive cases over the break for both students and staff. 

Due to the number of BCSS staff members needing to satisfy quarantine recommendations, the Butts County School System will resume classes on January 7, 2021 in an all virtual setting.  All students will participate in virtual learning only through Friday, January 15, 2021. At this time, we are planning to resume face-to-face instruction and a return to campus on Tuesday, January 19th after the Martin Luther King holiday.

Staff members will report to campus as scheduled on January 5, 2021.  

Your child’s school will be reaching out in the coming days with further information on virtual assignments, chromebook checkout, and at home learning packets.  In addition, information regarding meal services will be sent out via email.

Please know that the decision to modify the start of our second semester was not taken lightly. We wanted to make this important decision with the most current data available. Careful consideration was given toward the staff available to serve students, the increase in positive cases in our county at this time and ensuring the utmost safety during this transition from the holiday season back to normal operations.  

It is imperative that we continue to work together to ensure we can preserve the opportunity to provide face-to-face learning.  We ask all students, staff, and families to continue to follow the four cornerstones of sustainability: wear a face covering, practice social distancing, use good hygiene, and avoid unnecessary risk. 

In addition, we ask that students remain at home if they are sick. Furthermore, if you are made aware that your student or family has been exposed to a positive case of Covid-19, we ask that your student remain at home and follow current quarantine guidance from our health department.  Please be sure to contact your child’s school for guidance on clearance to return to campus if your child is experiencing symptoms or has been directly exposed to a positive case.   It is our sincere belief and hope that following this guidance will help us keep our schools open for in-person learning. 

As always, the health and safety of our students and staff is of the utmost importance. Please continue to check our website for the most up-to-date information. 

Sincerely,

Dr. Todd Simpson
Superintendent