Coffee County Schools and Manchester City Schools are working closely together to address potential changes to school procedures. This collaboration is of particular importance because of the families that have children attending schools in both districts. According to the “Pathway to Re-Entry 2020-2021” that was released as a guiding document, the districts would prepare a hybrid plan for schools should the active case rate in Coffee County exceed .5%. The districts are providing information on the hybrid schedule so that the community is informed should implementation become necessary. A hybrid schedule reduces the number of students in a building at any one time in an attempt to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19. Please keep in mind that the districts are not running a hybrid schedule to begin the school year.
- On a hybrid schedule, students will be divided into two groups, Group A and Group B. The districts are working together to ensure that family groups attend schools on the same day to minimize disruption to the families. A student’s presence in Group A or Group B will be communicated on the first full day of school, August 5.
- The following schedule will be utilized to attend school on a hybrid schedule: A/B/A/B/DL. Group A will attend school on Mondays and Wednesdays. Group B will attend school on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Each school district will communicate procedures for Fridays in the event that the hybrid schedule is initiated.
- The most vulnerable learners will be eligible to attend more days. These students include: all students in Pre-K through 2nd grade, students with disabilities (IEP/504 plans), and English language learners (ELL). Further communication with these groups will occur should a change to a hybrid schedule become necessary.
Both districts wish to express appreciation for the patience of the community and the hard work of the staffs as they prepare for this new year. They will continue to communicate new information to the parents and the community as it becomes available.