The Savannah-Chatham public school system will postpone in-person instruction for the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, SCCPSS Superintendent Ann Levett announced Thursday in an email to teachers.
In the email, Levett acknowledges the recent spike in COVID-19 cases as the reason for the postponement, adding, "Disappointing, I know."
"We learned many lessons from our sudden thrust into online learning in March. We are better prepared for the launch of virtual learning this time," says Levett. "We have opened a new E-Learning School, purchased a learning management system, and secured about 14,000 Chromebooks (on order). To ensure you are ready for the start of this year using a virtual approach, we will likely recommend school year calendar adjustments to allow adequate time for professional development on the learning management system, social-emotional learning, Title IX, new learning software, online teaching, and a number of other areas/topics. We will propose a later start date for students."
While the school year will begin with a virtual model, Levett says instruction could move to in-person if conditions improve.
This plan will be presented to the Board on July 16, where it's expected to be supported.