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All Wayne County schools moving to hybrid learning model

Published: Aug. 19, 2021 at 10:40 AM EDT
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WAYNE COUNTY, Ga. (WTOC) - UPDATE: All Wayne County schools will be moving to a hybrid learning model next week.

On Thursday morning, an announcement was made that the two middle schools in the district would be moving to the hybrid model. The school system has now updated that information to include all schools in the district.

The school district says there will be no in-person learning on Friday, Aug. 20.

Beginning Monday, Aug. 23, the schools will move to the hybrid learning schedule.

  • Students whose household last name begins with letter A-K attending school at MPMS and AWMS on Monday and Tuesday.
  • Students whose household last name begins with letters L-Z will attend school at MPMS and AWMS on Thursday and Friday.
  • Buses will continue to run their regular schedules.

It’s a decision that took some Wayne County parents by surprise.

“At first I was kind of angry, I guess that was my initial reaction,” said parent Carrie Stewart.

Another parent WTOC talked to says she’s worried about work.

“We will have loss of income because I can’t work and do their hybrid learning at home on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday,” said parent Brittany Hodge.

Hodge also says she has serious concerns of learning loss when it comes to two of her four kids, who have special needs.

“With kids that receive special needs, they need to be at school.”

Meanwhile, Carrie Stewart says virtual learning is going to be tough but she’s going to try her best to help her three kids who’re all in different grades.

“It’s been years since I’ve been in school. This Common Core stuff that they’re doing, I really have to stretch myself and get on their level and learn what they’re learning.”

Frustrated at the switch, but Stewart says she understands.

“They’re doing the best they can with all the COVID cases in the county.”

Both parents hope hybrid learning is temporary.

“I would like to see my kids back in school, that would be my personal choice.”

Both also say giving parents the option would be best.

“We have the right to choose for our children to be educated properly.”

PREVIOUS STORY: Both middle schools in Wayne County will move to a hybrid learning model due to the rise of COVID-19 cases.

According to the district, both Martha Puckett Middle and Arthur Williams Middle now fall within the range for hybrid learning according to the school system’s COVID-19 Preventative Measures document.

The school district says there will be no in-person learning at either school on Friday, Aug. 20. Beginning Monday, Aug. 23, the schools will move to the hybrid learning schedule.

  • Students whose household last name begins with letter A-K attending school at MPMS and AWMS on Monday and Tuesday.
  • Students whose household last name begins with letters L-Z will attend school at MPMS and AWMS on Thursday and Friday.
  • Buses will continue to run their regular schedules.

If you have questions regarding the hybrid schedule, please contact the school office at 912-427-1061 (MPMS) or 912- 427-1025 (AWMS).

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