Schools to reopen Tuesday, football tix are hot item
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Grady County educators are ready to get down to the business of teaching when school opens Tuesday, either virtually or in person.
“We are ready for students to return to our buildings,” says Dr. Kermit Gilliard, superintendent of Grady County Schools. “Our faculty and staff have prepared over the past three weeks and we are anxiously awaiting the beginning of school. We will do our best to keep everyone safe and learning.”
Gilliard says each of the county’s seven schools is holding a virtual open house this week, with some parents having designated times to pick up packets of information from their child’s school.
“Virtual students need to be prepared to begin work on Tuesday, Sept. 8, as well,” he says.
Chris Lokey, principal of Cairo High School, says, virtual students at his school will have virtual orientation on the Zoom online platform Thursday for freshmen and sophomores, and Friday for juniors and seniors, 5:30 p.m.. until 6:30 p.m. each date. Lokey said links to the orientation meetings were sent by email to participants.
Gilliard says all virtual school students should plan to attend virtual school online each day so they don’t fall behind.
“High school students should expect to spend three to four hours online working each day. Middle school students will need to spend two to three hours per day and students in Kindergarten to 5th grade should spend up to two hours a day online. These times should be used as a guide, each student will be different,” says Gilliard.
Students signed up for virtual school who change their minds and want to attend school in-person, have until Friday, Sept. 4, to notify the schools.
“After that date, they will have to remain until the end of the first nine-week grading period. High school students have to complete a semester,” Gilliard says.
Meanwhile, the football team, cheerleaders, band, coaches and directors are preparing for a home football game Friday night. Ticket sales got off to a brisk start Monday morning at 8 a.m. A total of only 1,000 tickets are being pre-sold. None will be available to purchase at the gate.