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Gwinnett County Public Schools transitions to parent’s choice of in-person or digital learning

Today, GCPS CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks updated and shared plans for transitioning to a blend of in-person and digital learning for students, based on their parents' choices. 

Alvin Wilbanks, CEO Gwinnett County Public Schools

Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) is making plans for a safe return to the important work of teaching and learning for students and employees for the school year 2020-21. The school district will return to school on August 12 with all students receiving digital instruction.
GCPS plans to begin small, bringing in a limited number of grade levels at first, then adding more grades on a staggered basis.
Mr. Wilbanks’ letter to stakeholders shared that the schedule found below is a best-case scenario, and student and staff safety will be the paramount factor in determining the pace at which the district will move.

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* Dates are subject to change depending on the COVID-19 conditions in Gwinnett County at that time.
** Includes students who spend the majority of the day in a small-group setting: Severe/Moderate & Mild Autism; Severe/Profound, Moderate & Mild Intellectual Disabilities; Emotional-Behavioral Disabilities; ADAPT; GNETS; Visual Impairment; Moderate Visual Impairment; Orthopedic Impairment; Significant Developmentally Delayed; Specific Learning Disabilities (self-contained); Deaf/Hard of Hearing; Early Childhood Program (special needs pre-school).
GCPS leaders continue to study guidance from the Department of Public Health and the Georgia Department of Education in planning for the safest, most effective opening of school this fall.
Details for the 2020-21 school year will continue to be shared here and in SchoolMessenger updates. For questions regarding specific back-to-school information, please contact your local school.

What choice do you feel is in your child’s best interest and are you satisfied with having the ability to choose?