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CCSD superintendent delivers message at end of unusual school year, unveils Back to School Taskforce

Clarke County Superintendent of Schools Xernona Thomas

The Clarke County School District is preparing for the official end to our school year, celebrating the Class of 2020, and beginning an untraditional start to summer vacation. Once again, I wish to thank our staff and our community for their extraordinary efforts in supporting our students – academically, emotionally, and physically. The efforts of a multitude of volunteers helped to make it all possible.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for us all, continually requiring us to evaluate our efforts and adjust our strategies. I recognize students, families, and staff are anxious to know our plans for the 20-21 school year. We all want to resume normal activities, but we must do so in a cautious manner.

The district has formed a Return to School Taskforce, which will address all of the areas we must consider to ensure our reopening is safe. We are also collaborating with area school districts as we plan a date to begin school. Although we would like to adhere to the previously published calendar for the next school year, adjustments may be made to the start date and school breaks. We promise to keep the community updated as details are confirmed.

In a letter sent to our senior classes, I quoted famous attorney Elizabeth Edwards, who stated, "Resilience is accepting your new reality, even if it's less good than the one you had before. You can fight it, you can do nothing but scream about what you've lost, or you can accept that and try to put together something that's good." These last three months have challenged us to find a new way to create something that's good. Our team is committed to resiliency for our children. We will work to ensure every student is supported as we return to our "new" normal.

Throughout the summer, in addition to school-related updates, our district website will continue to provide information regarding resources and food distribution for students and the community. Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions.

Although we don't know how the pandemic will affect the next several months, I wish students, families, and staff a safe and enjoyable summer.

School Calendar Information

20-21 School Calendar The district is working on several plans regarding how/when staff and students return to school. In every step in this pandemic, we have been guided by information provided by local, state, and national health agencies. Click here to access the current 2020-21 school calendar, but please note it is subject to change.

Spring Break Survey The district is requesting feedback on the school calendars for 2021-22 and 2022-23, specifically regarding the time frame for Spring Break. In recent years, the district's Spring Break has been aligned with the University of Georgia and occurred earlier in the calendar year (early March). Please click here to complete a short survey regarding dates for Spring Break.

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