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Liberty Co. School System moving to virtual learning for two weeks; county recreational activities suspended

Published: Aug. 25, 2021 at 8:46 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 27, 2021 at 11:44 AM EDT
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LIBERTY COUNTY, Ga. (WTOC) - The Liberty County School System will move to virtual learning on Monday, Aug. 30 to Friday, Sept. 10.

The school system made the decision after review of COVID-19 trends in and around the Liberty County area. The school system says the decision was made because they believe it is no longer feasibly safe to continue in-person learning.

“We think it’s the best thing we can do at this particular point,” Superintendent Dr. Franklin Perry said.

In-person learning will resume on Monday, Sept. 13. All LCSS staff will report to their work sites for regular work hours. Virtual learning will take place during regular school hours through Canvas.

Superintendent Perry says the switch is because it was difficult to operate the schools.

“We had staff out. We had bus drivers out. We had teachers out. We had children out,” he said.

According to data from the Coastal Health District, Liberty County continues to be a high transmission area with a community transmission index of 1,100 as of Wednesday, Aug. 25. A concerning number for district leaders.

“Most of the cases we were seeing, were actually coming from the community, from outside of the school district,” Dr. Perry said.

All sports and afterschool activities will be suspended until in-person classes resume. No classes will be held from Sept. 3 through Sept. 6 for the Labor Day weekend.

The district is preparing for every possible outcome and asks families to fill out an online learning option survey. He says families are not selecting a learning option to use right away; it’s just to let the district know their preference if multiple learning options become necessary.

“We just got to know as much as we can know, in order for us to figure out what direction we need to go in,” Dr. Perry said.

Recreational activities suspended in Liberty County

(Friday, 8/27/2021) - Liberty County has suspended all county recreational programs and leagues due to the rise in COVID cases.

The county says this does not affect any non-organized uses of public spaces, including walking trails, playgrounds and courts.

The suspension goes into-effect on Monday, Aug. 30 and will be in place until further notice.

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