Please read this important message from Worth County Schools Superintendent, Dr. Shannon Norfleet.
To all of our RAM families in Worth County,
Reopening of Schools
- The Worth County School District is set to reopen on Friday, August 7, 2020 for in-person instruction. The virtual instruction option though Worth Virtual Academy (WVA) is set to begin on Monday, August 10, 2020.
- Parents will be our first line of defense. We want our schools to stay open! Please get a thermometer and check your child’s temperature every morning. Please do not send your child to school if they have a temperature above 99. If your child has any symptoms of cold, flu, or COVID-19 please keep them home – Our reopening plan will have detailed guidelines on symptoms. It is highly recommended that each student have a mask with them every day. Students may not be required to wear it at all times, but there will be time when it will be HIGHLY recommended such as hallway transitions.
- School Closures Are Likely. Current DPH and CDC guidelines indicate that anyone in close contact for 15 minutes with a person who has tested positive or has symptoms of COVID-19 should be quarantined. If we have just a few positive cases in a school, contact tracing and quarantine protocols will likely cause schools to close due to the inherently close contact between students in schools. It is highly likely that a school closure for 14 days will occur within the first few weeks. We hope it doesn’t happen! Do your part and help us keep the schools open!
Inherent Risk of Exposure to COVID-19
- We are working diligently to make our schools as safe as they can be for all or our students. There is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 with any gathering, especially at school and on school transportation. I recommend parents transport children to and from school if possible. Any student participating in extra-curricular activities is at even greater risk of exposure to COVID-19.
- There will be an updated school reopening plan posted later this week. As previously stated, it will be updated regularly.
- My son will attend school in-person at Worth County High School. I am aware of the inherent risks, but I am confident in our protocols.
- Face masks are highly recommended at school and required on buses this year.
- While we are offering a virtual option for K-12 this year, it is not the right option for every student. Parents should seriously consider the need for students to have reliable and fast internet, a device, and parent supervision and oversight. While teachers will be available via phone and messaging for support, there will be no live teacher providing instruction to you via the internet.
- The Kindergarten through 5th grade virtual learning is brand new for Worth County Schools, and most other districts. We are working with a company called Edgenuity to offer quality online curriculum to our primary and elementary students whose parents have chosen the virtual option.
- There is a possibility that the K-5 Virtual Academy could be delayed in opening. Stay tuned.
We look forward to seeing you soon. Go Rams!
Dr. Shannon Norfleet
Worth County Schools