COUNTY-BY-COUNTY: Plans for returning to school this fall

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Schools districts across north Georgia are beginning to release plans for returning to school this fall.

Here is a roundup of districts that have released their plans so far. This story will be updated continuously as other districts make decisions.

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Atlanta Public Schools - APS will begin school on Aug. 10. It is still working to create its plan for return.

Buford City Schools - Buford schools will offer both and in-person and virtual option. Parents have until July 15 to decide. Students will be required to wear masks on buses. School starts Aug. 5.

Cherokee County Schools - The school board decided students will not be required to wear masks, but teachers will. The first day of school is Aug. 3.

Clayton County Schools – Clayton County Public Schools will start the 2020-2021 school year with a mix of virtual learning and face-to-face learning. School begins Aug. 3.

Cobb County Schools - Superintendent Chris Ragsdale said the district will open for both face-to-face and remote instruction and parents will be able to choose what is best for their child. Parents have until July 22 to decide. The district will require face masks for staff and “strongly recommend” them for students. The district pushed back its start date to Aug. 17.

Coweta County Schools - Coweta schools will offer both in-person and online options for parents. Parents must sign up for virtual by July 17. School begins Aug. 6.

Fayette County Schools - Parents of Fayette County students will be given the option to choose whether their children will return to the classroom or take part in virtual learning. School begins Aug. 10.

Forsyth County Schools - FCS will offer K-5 virtual for the opening of the school year. Parents need to make a decision by July 10. Grades 6-12 already have the option of attending Forsyth Virtual Academy. Students who choose in-person instruction will not be required to wear face masks. School begins Aug. 6.

Fulton County Schools – Fulton County will offer a virtual learning plan for parents who aren’t comfortable sending their kids back to school. The deadline for virtual learning registration is July 17. School begins on Aug. 17.

Griffin-Spalding Schools - Griffin-Spalding schools plans to reopen in-person instruction, but will offer remote learning for families who are not comfortable sending their child to school for the first nine weeks. School will start on Sept. 8.

Gwinnett County Schools – Gwinnett County Schools will give parents two options: in-person instruction at school or digital learning at home. Parents need to make a decision by midnight July 12. They have also pushed back their start date until Aug. 12 and say masks will be mandated.

Hall County Schools - Hall County plans to return to in-person instruction on Aug. 7, but says it will work individually with families for whom that will not be possible.

Henry County Schools - Assuming the governor’s orders on schools do not change, Henry County plans to give parents two options -- returning to campus or remote learning. Parents need to decide before July 17. School begins Aug. 3.

Marietta City Schools - Marietta City Schools will allow parents to decide between in-person instruction or virtual learning. The district will require masks. School begins Aug. 4.

Rockdale County Schools - Rockdale County will start the year virtually for all students on Aug. 24. The first official day of school will be Sept. 8. On that day, the district will begin with a hybrid model of in-person and virtual learning.

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