Chattooga County School Superintendent Jared Hosmer spoke with reporters on Thursday afternoon after the first day of school for students in the system.
The news conference was held via telephone.
Supt. Hosmer said that he had multiple requests from the media due to the fact that school system was one of the first to start back in the area – and perhaps in the nation.
Hosmer said that the start date for the 2020-2021 school year was approved back in February of this year. The Chattooga Board of Education chose not to move the date back and to start the year as previously approved.
The school superintendent said that he had been in contact with local public health officials who approved the opening plans. Those included officials with the Northwest Georgia Department of Public Health, the Chattooga County Department of Health and Redmond Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Hosmer said that the school has implemented several measures to make sure students are safe. Those measures include a no-visitor policy – except for essential visits. The school is also using new arrival and dismissal plans. They have implemented home-room and first-period temperature checks. The system has masks available and water bottles have replaced water fountains. In addition, sanitizing “fog machines” have been brought into the schools to help keep things sanitized.
Hosmer said that he was still working with school administrators to stress social distancing and that despite a good first day, they would continue to stress the need to social distance with staff and students.