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Henry County families have the option to return to campus or use remote learning for the start of the 2020-21 school year.

McDONOUGH — Henry County parents have until July 17 to decide how their child will return to school for at least the first semester of the 2020-21 academic year.

The school system is offering two options: remote learning or a return to campus.

During a special called meeting on Tuesday, Superintendent Mary Elizabeth Davis released the district’s Return-to-School Playbook which lays out safety and preventative measures in place if students attend classes in their school building.

The book outlines how classrooms, large spaces and transportation will be adapted. Some of these measures include:

♦ Social distancing

♦ Frequent hand washing

♦ Disinfecting tabletops, desks, chairs and frequently touched surfaces inside and outside the classroom

♦ Separate supplies

♦ Restricted use of water fountains

♦ Increase frequency of maintenance on air conditioning units and air filtration system

♦ Students and faculty will be strongly encouraged to wear face masks

Davis said she and her team have worked closely with the Georgia Department of Health and doctors from the American Academy of Pediatrics to develop the playbook.

“The Department of Health has deemed Henry County to have one of the most responsible plans,” Davis said.

Davis said the district is expecting a 50-50 split between students attending school on campus and remote learning. She said the reduced number of kids in schools will allow for social distancing in buildings and on school buses.

Davis said there is no perfect solution to how schools reopen, but giving families a choice continues to be the “core of our plan.”

To select how your child will attend school starting on Aug. 3, visit www.henry.k12.ga.us and click on Back-to-School Information.

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