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Superintendent proposes making two upcoming Mondays virtual days for all students

During Monday night’s Troup County School Board work session, Superintendent Brian Shumate proposed making two upcoming Mondays virtual days for all students.

Shumate said making two Mondays — Sept. 28 and Nov. 2 — virtual days would give teachers a chance to catch up after starting the school year adjusting due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“I’d like to propose that calendar change,” Shumate said. “It would be as if everybody in the district was virtual on those particular days.”

If passed, on these two virtual learning days, teachers would assign asynchronous learning activities for students to complete at home, while teachers would work on-site to develop additional digital learning activities and become more proficient in the use of Canvas, TCSS’ learning management system.

The board is scheduled to vote on the two virtual days on Thursday.

TCSS has seen its virtual numbers climb to around 40 percent, which Shumate said was higher than anticipated. The school system announced last week that it was making Sept. 25 the final day students could choose to go from in-person instruction to virtual.

It was also announced last week that virtual students can elect to return to in-person instruction but must fill out paperwork to do so by Sept. 25. Shumate said Monday that hundreds of students have decided to return to the classroom with over a week to go.

The board is scheduled to vote on the two virtual days on Thursday.