Calera Public Schools announces protocols, options for fall semester

Kevin Farr,
The Bryan County News
Students at schools in Calera are scheduled to return to class Aug. 13. The district is also offering virtual learning options.

While still uncertain about how the new school year will exactly play out due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Calera High School Principal Kevin Robinson said that his students are itching to get back to some type of normalcy with the start of school year on the horizon.

Students in Calera are scheduled to return to classes Aug. 13, with in-person instruction scheduled.

“We need to get back to some type of normal something for these kids,” Robinson stated. “There are a lot of different scenarios that could come into play along the way, and we’ve discussed a bunch of them. We don’t know what’s going to happen week-to-week or even day-to-day, but feel like we need to get these kids back going.

“I’ve been doing this a long time, and never been in a situation where we truly don’t know for sure what’s going to happen tomorrow. This thing changes almost daily.”

Calera administrators are requesting that all parents, legal guardians and school employees self-screen at home prior to coming to school each day.

If a student or employee has a temperature of 100 degrees or higher, that individual should remain at home until they have been free of fever for three days without the use of fever-reducing medication.

School bus routes will be run as normal, but the district has said it will be impossible to social distance everyone on the bus, so it is up to the parents to decide whether they utilize that service for their student or take their child to school themselves.

Currently, masks will not be required to be worn at school but are strongly encouraged for both students and staff. Visitors will not be allowed to enter school facilities during regular school hours.

In addition to face-to-face instruction, Calera is also offering virtual-learning and distance-learning options.

Parents should contact the school if they want an option other than in-person learning for their child. Students enrolled in the online-learning options will not be eligible to participate in extracurricular activities.

“We get phone calls from people all over the place in opinions,” Robinson admitted. “We’ve provided these plans to the best we can offer right now. The nightmare scenario for us would be for everything to go back virtual (learning).

“We have debated on the whole taking (of the) temperature every day and we might randomly do some, but it won’t be a full-scale thing.”