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ATWOOD (July 28) School at West Carroll Special School District opens August 17, not August 4 as originally scheduled. The Board of Education voted unanimously to delay the start because …
ATWOOD (July 28) School at West Carroll Special School District opens August 17, not August 4 as originally scheduled. The Board of Education voted unanimously to delay the start because administrators did not believe they have the necessary safeguards and resources to begin school during the COVID-19 pandemic.
William Robinson, chairman, openly questioned if the children would be safe and if the school faculty and staff had the resources.
Dexter Williams, director of schools, said the school is still awaiting the arrival of Chromebooks, which are expected to be shipped in late August. Those Chromebook laptop computers are necessary for students to work from home in case a major uptick in COVID-19 infections forces the school to shift from in-person to virtual, at-home instruction.
Jackie Wester, principal of West Carroll Primary School in McLemoresville, said the school is not ready. She said, each student is to be issued an individual water bottle, which has not arrived, sanitizing stations are to be throughout the building. Those have not arrived. Many students have not registered, causing school staff personnel to attempt to find parents and guardians through social media to urge them to register their children. She noted everyone, teachers, students, etc., must undergo a body temperature screening before entering the building. That, along with enforcing social distancing of students during bus duty, requires additional manpower.
"I am overwhelmed," said Wester.
In other business, the board approved the 2020-21 school budget and heard updates on safeguards to assure the students, faculty, and staff are safe during the school year. See the August 4 issue of The McKenzie Banner for those details.