Augusta-Richmond County School System to shut down in-person learning at 3:45 pm on September 3 and go virtual for two days after the holiday

by jovan1984

Augusta, Ga. — There will be another school district shutting down in-person learning after this week.

According to Kicks 99.5 FM, the Augusta-Richmond County School System, the largest school district in the Aiken Area, will shut down in-person learning at 3:45 pm on Friday, September 3.

All schools in the Augusta-Richmond County School System will be virtual for the first two days after the holiday, which is on September 6.

The school system sent over this statement to Kicks 99.5:

Due to the increasing COVID-19 cases in schools and community, the Richmond County School System will transition all schools to the Learn@Home model for two days following the Labor Day holiday. All Richmond County School System students will Learn@Home beginning Tuesday, September 7 – Wednesday, September 8, 2021.  Students will resume in-person instruction on Thursday, September 9, 2021.

Families will receive information from school with clear instructions and expectations for students and teachers during the Learn@Home days. While students and teachers focus on Learn@Home, schools and school system departments will prioritize cleaning, disinfecting, and replenishing COVID-19 mitigation supplies such as soap, hand sanitizer, masks and water to support full return on Thursday, September 9, 2021.

Richmond County School System families may pick up meals from their student’s school on Tuesday, September 7 between 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.   

The school system continues to maintain a partnership with the Department of Public Health to guide COVID-19 mitigation and response and prioritize health and safety of students and staff. Public health partners indicate that as community spread of COVID-19 increases, it is important that the school system remains focused on mitigation strategies including handwashing, masking and social distancing to remain open.

Families with questions about the transition should contact their child’s school or teacher(s).

They are the tenth Aiken Area school district to announce the closure of in-person learning since the school year started on July 19. The others are: Bamberg County, Williston School District 29, Allendale-Fairfax, Screven County, Jenkins County, Burke County, Warren County, Taliaferro County and Glascock County schools.