THOMASVILLE — Thomas County and Thomasville City school districts both reported about 70 percent of students reporting for traditional classes Tuesday, the first day of the 2020-21 school year.
"We are very excited to have our students back in our schools today, back on our playgrounds," said Dr. Lisa Williams, Thomas County School system superintendent. "We've been without them since March. The schools have been very lonely."
The first day of school went "remarkably well," the superintendent said. "Everybody was very organized.".
The Thomas County School system provides traditional classroom instruction and remote classrooms. A virtual school program also is available for students who choose not to follow the traditional schedule.
"Some students are Zooming into classrooms," Williams said.
The Thomasville City system is conducting face-to-care classes and virtual learning, said Superintendent Ben Wiggins.
The school system is doing the "absolute best" possible in social distancing, he said.
Wiggins said the majority of students are able to social distance appropriately. Masks are required to be worn where social-distancing is not possible.
The temperature is taken of students who ride buses. Temperatures are taken of other students when they arrive at city schools. Teachers' temperatures are taken, along with visitors who meet with teachers and other school staff.
No fevers were found Tuesday or during July summer school or during summer sports activities, Wiggins said.
Neither were fevers detected Tuesday in the county school system.
Williams said social distancing is practiced as much as possible. Masks are required in common areas, such as hallways, buses and front lobby areas. Masks are encouraged in classrooms.
Williams said three weeks of preplanning helped provide a smooth school year beginning.
"All employees had a hand in it," she added.
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