Coffee County Schools start date is set

Published: Jul. 23, 2020 at 10:10 PM CDT
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Coffee County Schools are on track to start in just under three weeks.

August 10th, that is the start date coffee county school system has decided on after meeting with several other superintendents and discussing ideas.

“It’s not a one fits all type situation like a mask because different school systems are different in many ways,” said Coffee County Schools Superintendent Kevin Killingsworth. “County school systems are different than city, but we all have a lot of things in common.”

Superintendents are not the only ones the school system has been in contact with. Feedback from parents was also taken into consideration.

“We’ve done some surveys of course asking their preference whether they want traditional or virtual,” Killingsworth continued. “We have a lot of questions out there, a lot of questions that I do not have the answers to yet. We still are searching for those answers ourselves.”

Killingsworth wants to remind everyone the situation is fluid, and new questions continue to pop up every day.

"It's going to be very challenging for the teachers for everybody to get back into the swing of things and have a schedule and it's going to change; it's not going to look like it did in the past. It's going to be totally different for the child for the learner and the teacher."

Challenges will arise as the school year goes forward.

"There's a lot of patience that's going to have to be involved not only employees and our students but also parents because everything we do in education - every single thing we have done has changed now."

Many students live in rural areas with little to no internet connection. Now, Coffee County schools are trying to bridge the gap for virtual learners.

"All four of our schools and here at the central office to boost our Wi-Fi signal so it's stronger so if a student wants to come onto campus and park in the parking lot they can pick up the Wi-Fi signal and be safe," Killingsworth finished.

Making it through this school year will be a new and unique journey, but for Coffee County schools, setting a date is perhaps the first step towards normalcy.

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