Banks County Schools will return to face-to-face instruction on Tuesday, January 19th. Currently, our staff positive cases are reduced, and our return date is past the window in which we have been advised that the holiday spike could occur. We will continue to be vigilant in our cleaning and sanitation efforts in our facilities, as well as practicing social distancing when possible and strongly encouraging the wearing of masks.
While we are looking forward to having students return, please understand that due to the uncertain nature of the pandemic, we recommend that you and your family continue to have a backup plan in the event that it becomes necessary for classes, grade levels, or the system to return to virtual learning.
Thank you again for your patience and understanding as we work through these challenging times.
During this weeks virtual learning, free meals will be available for pickup on Wednesday, January 6 from 3:00 pm until 4:00 pm on a first come, first served basis. This will include meals for Wednesday and the remainder of the week. Pick up locations will be at the Banks County Fire Stations and the Banks County Middle School bus ramp by the cafeteria. If you have any questions regarding pickup locations or times please contact Mike Cleveland, Director of Transportation, at 706-206-8249.
Fire Station 21 4173 Old Hwy. 441 N., Baldwin, GA
Fire Station 22 3433 Yonah Homer Rd., Homer, GA
Fire Station 23 104 West Banks Dr., Alto, GA
Fire Station 24 144 Hickory Flat Rd., Gillsville, GA
Fire Station 31 181 Industrial Park Blvd., Commerce, GA
Fire Station 32 245 Sims Bridge Rd., Commerce, GA
Fire Station 33 195 Carson Segars Rd., Maysville, GA
Fire Station 34 1679 Hwy. 326, Commerce, GA
Fire Station 41 2348 Damascus Rd., Baldwin, GA
Fire Station 42 2158 Bennett Rd., Homer, GA
Fire Station 51 155 Yonah Homer Rd., Homer, GA
Our school system has begun to experience a higher COVID-19 spread rate, especially among our staff members, making it difficult to provide the personnel support necessary to continue face-to-face instruction through the remainder of our last week before the break. Therefore, the last day students will attend school will be Tuesday, December 15, 2020.
Our plans are to thoroughly clean, sanitize, and disinfect all buildings and facilities to prepare for students and staff to return in January. Unfortunately, according to the Center for Disease Control, North Georgia is a developing COVID-19 hotspot. Please be aware that our return to school in the new year is not guaranteed. We will closely monitor the numbers and coordinate with all local, state, and federal officials to determine the safety in returning to face-to-face instruction. In an effort to be proactive in the event that we cannot immediately return to face-to-face instruction in January, we will send home mobile devices with all students by Tuesday, December 15, 2020. This will ensure that we are prepared to pivot to remote learning should the need arise.
Please know that we are delighted that we have been able to provide face-to-face instruction for almost all of our first semester. We will work to do so in the second semester as well, but we encourage families to develop a backup plan should we need to transition to remote learning.
We hope that you and your family are safe and continue to use precautions during the holiday season. Upon our return to school, we will strongly recommend all students and staff members wear masks especially when social distancing is not possible.
School nutrition services will still be provided for all students for the remainder of the week of December 16th-18th. Information regarding pick up times and locations will be posted on the school website and social media.
Ann L. Hopkins, Ed. D.
Banks County Schools