Jeanne Davis

Assistant Producer/Athens News Matters

With Clarke County Schools on track to begin re-opening next week, Superintendent Xernona Thomas joins us to talk about the plan.

University of Georgia football coach Kirby Smart announced this week that his former teammate Will Muschamp has been added to the football staff in an analyst role.

Most recently, Muschamp was the head coach with the South Carolina Gamecocks, where he had a record of 28 and 30 through the 2016 to 2020 seasons.

Smart said that Muschamp will be a “Quality Control” analyst, working on the defensive side of the ball.

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Medical students at the Augusta University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership will begin helping administer the COVID-19 vaccine this week through an arrangement with the Clarke County Board of Health.

The medical students will be working at the Department of Public Health COVID-19 testing sites administering the vaccines, monitoring patients for vaccine reactions, and recruiting patients for vaccines.

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Republican state senators introduced a set of 8 bills on Monday that would amount to an overhaul of Georgia’s election laws.

The bills propose bans on automatic voter registration, ballot drop boxes, no-excuse absentee ballots, and would keep nonprofits from mailing absentee ballot applications to voters.

Clarke County School District

The Clarke County School District has announced that they expect all students will return to in-person instruction in mid-February using a phased-in approach.

The students will return to school using a hybrid model of being in-person for 1-2 days per week, while the rest of the week will remain virtual. In addition, only certain groups will return on certain days, with the groups broken up by elementary school, middle school, high school, and special ed.

More details are expected to be provided next week.