FAQ Regarding January 5-8, 2021


FAQ Regarding January 5-8, 2021


Are schools open for students served in-person following the Winter Holiday break?
No, in-person students will be served virtually and/or will complete pre-developed assignments provided by their schools. Schools will send additional information via our School Messenger system. Please be sure that your contact information is up-to-date by going to our parent portal at https://campus.newton.k12.ga.us/campus/portal/parents/newton.jsp . The best way to ensure you have the most current information regarding your school(s) and school system is to be sure your contact information is accurate.

How many days will students who are served in-person be served at home? Students will be served virtually and/or with pre-developed assignments for four days immediately following the Winter Holiday break: January 5th-8th.

Why is this adjustment being implemented? We know that many students and their families will gather to celebrate during the holiday season and as a result, may come in close contact with or actually contract the COVID-19 virus. These extra few days will allow for exposure times to occur after the holidays and will minimize risk for students and faculty returning to school following the holiday break.

Why four days? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Department of Public Health have released updated quarantine guidance that indicates individuals without symptoms who are quarantined due to a close contact with someone who has a positive COVID-19 test can return to school/work on day 11 of a quarantine. The additional days allow for ten days to elapse between January1st and January 11th. During this time, individuals will likely know if they 1) have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive or is experiencing symptoms, 2) experience symptoms themselves, or 3) if asymptomatic, will not likely transmit the virus beyond the ten days. In essence, this change has the potential to decrease the need for intermittent classroom or school closures when in-person students return to school on January 11, 2021.

When will students who are served in-person return to school? In-person students will return to school on Monday, January 11, 2021.

What does this change mean for students who are currently served in our virtual learning models? This change does not impact those students currently served in our virtual setting. School-based virtual learning students should log in as they normally would on January 5, 2021.

How will my child, who normally receives breakfast and lunch while at school, access breakfast and lunch meals during these four days? Parents and/or guardians of in-person learners are welcome to pick-up free breakfast and lunch meals daily from 11:00-1:00 PM at the nearest school. Virtual learners will continue to receive meals via their assigned bus route stops.

Should my child bring home books and supplies on the last day of in-person instruction, December 18, 2020? Yes. We want to be sure that students have the resources they need to complete their assignments.

Is the school system planning to return to an all virtual setting? At this time, there is not a plan to return to an all virtual environment. As it has been stated all year, school district officials, in partnership with the Georgia Department of Public Health, will continue to monitor community conditions and the impact of those conditions on the school system. The transition, for these four days (1/5/2020 through 1/8/2020), is designed to reduce the potential for intermittent classroom and school closures for students who are in-person.

Will attendance be taken during these four days? Yes. School is in session during the four days; therefore, students are expected to participate. Those students served virtually must participate in their classes to be counted present. For students who receive pre-developed assignments to be counted present, they must submit their completed assignments on January 11th when they report to school.

What are the symptoms we should monitor? While not an exhaustive list, the CDC lists the following as symptoms: headache, loss of taste and smell, fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, muscle or body aches, sore throat, congestion or running nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.


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