Today, Clay County Schools, working in partnership with the Clay County Health Department, identified several positive cases of COVID-19 amongst our staff and students. After completing some initial contact tracing, it was clear that the number of staff that would be required to quarantine due to contact with a positive, or due to their own children having contact with a positive, was going to go beyond the number of substitute teachers available to cover classes. If we do not have enough adults to supervise our classes, we cannot safely have face to face school.
As a result, Clay County Schools will be moving to remote only for all schools beginning Tuesday, January 26 through February 7th. Face to face students and all staff will return to our normal schedule on February 8th. Students should check SeeSaw or Google Classroom daily for their assignments. Attendance will be taken as normal. Please direct questions to your child’s school.
Any students or staff that are contact-traced to a positive case of COVID-19 will be notified by their school by tomorrow.
Any families in need of meals can pick them up on Tuesday by driving through the bus circle at Hayesville Primary School from 8:15 am-9:15 am. We will be working on setting up yellow bus deliveries of meals later this week if it is possible. Further information will be released about meal deliveries later this week.
All student athletes currently playing sports should still plan to attend practices and games unless notified otherwise by their coach or principal.
On behalf of the Clay County Board of Education, I want the community to know that we do not come to the decision to go full remote lightly. We have done everything we can to maximize as much face to face learning as possible under the Governor’s mandate since March of 2020. However, the safety of our students and staff must come first, and we have finally reached an obstacle that we will not be able to overcome for the next two weeks. We appreciate your patience as we work through this together as a community. Thank you and have a good evening.