Board approves phased, hybrid re-entry plan for Savannah-Chatham schools


ByZach LoganandBlair Caldwell|September 16, 2020 at 11:43 AM EDT - Updated September 16 at 1:45 PM

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - The Savannah-Chatham County Public School Board has approved a phased, hybrid re-entry plan.

Board members voted 8-1 to approve the plan on Wednesday, Sept. 16.

Thepresentationat Wednesday’s board meeting recommended a return date of Sept. 28 for staff. Kindergarten registration orientation would be Sept. 28 to Oct. 2.

Phase 2 students - which includes PreK-2nd grade, the least independent learners, 6th and 9th grade students - would return on Oct. 5.

More details on the four phases below. The school system is currently in the Phase One virtual stage.

Board members started meeting at 9 a.m. on Wednesday. Several board members said they would not approve the proposed plan unless teachers are given a choice on whether they feel comfortable to return to in-person learning.

In the plan, students would not return to the classrooms five days a week. Instead, students would spend two days in the classroom, two days of virtual learning, and one day of independent learning.

Parents will also be given the choice to remain in virtual-only learning.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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