CAIRO — The first day of the 2020-21 academic year went about as smoothly as could be expected given the circumstances, said Grady County Schools Superintendent Kermit Gilliard.

Slightly more than 100 of the 1,300 students enrolled in virtual learning this semester called in to the central office to report minor difficulties logging in, Gilliard said at Tuesday evening’s meeting of the Grady County Board of Education. Another handful of parents of virtual students called in saying they wished to transfer their children to in-person learning. The deadline to make that switch is Friday.

Overall, Gilliard said none of the obstacles faced Tuesday were unexpected.

“By Friday we should have a handle on any major issues,” he said.

Traffic congestion at each of the seven Grady County schools was normal, Gilliard said, and students were able to report to class on time.

Gilliard personally attended the opening of Whigham School and Northside Elementary at 8 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. Tuesday, respectively. The superintendent said both schools opened without any major hitches, though Washington Middle School had some difficulties with its intercom system.

“I would say it went as good as can be expected,” Gilliard said.

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