As coronavirus cases continue to increase around the state as well as here in Athens-Clarke County and the surrounding area. As a result, the Clarke County School District is joining other in the area in having some schools go virtual, at least briefly.  Dr. Jillian Whatley is Executive Director of student services for the district.

“We have to look at the numbers within our community spread, but then also we wanted to make sure that our mitigation efforts were clear and the expectations were clear in schools,” according to Whatley.

All Clarke County students will now have to wear masks once school starts. Effectively immediately, all staff students, and visitors on any Clarke County School District property are required to wear masks while indoors. The district announced changes to its COVID protocol Monday.

Clarke Schools to require masks in most situations

Jul 19, 2021

Clarke County School District administrators say that masks will be required in most situations as the district gears up to return to classes on August 4th. In an update during last week’s Board of Education meeting, the district’s Executive Director of Student Support Services, Jillian Whatley, laid out the conditions under which masks will be required as the new school year gets underway. According to Whatley:

A proposal in front of the Clarke County Board of Education could make significant changes to public comment at school board meetings. At their meeting tomorrow, Board of Education members are set to vote on a revision to its public comment policy.

The current policy dictates that at regular Board meetings, time should be allotted for “any member of the public to speak.” What the policy in its current form doesn’t say is how long that public comment period should be, which has led to marathon Board meetings with hours of comment from the public on controversial issues.

Chess & Community

The University of Georgia and local nonprofit Chess & Community have launched a new partnership that uses robotics to enhance STEM education opportunities for Clarke County students.