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2020-21 Back to School Information

After a spring unlike any before, we want to share with you our plans for the fall with the wellbeing of our students, teachers, staff and communities firmly in mind. As we begin preparing for the start of the 2020-21 school year, we know that we will soon face the enormous task of safely reopening our schools while, once again, navigating the educational terrain of this pandemic. However, we also recognize that returning to a school building in this current climate has left many of our families with feelings of uneasiness.


After weeks of discussion with many stakeholders and our Return-to-School Task Force, we have taken into consideration the many challenges involved in reopening and understand that a one-size-fits-all plan is neither feasible nor appropriate.  These conversations were driven by a thorough review of the “Georgia’s Path to Recovery for K-12 Schools” guidance provided by the Georgia Department of Education and the Georgia Department of Public Health and in-depth assessments of our distance learning strategies this past spring.


While we want to safely bring back as many of our students as possible to in-person school settings, we felt it was in the best interests of our families to have them choose the classroom environment that maximizes learning and addresses our students’ holistic needs.


Starting Tuesday, June 30, GCSS families will have the option to select between traditional, face-to-face instruction and continuing to learn from home when school resumes on Thursday, August 20.


If you opt for the online learning option, a Virtual Learning Registration form must be completed for each student.  Families with multiple children should complete one form for each child who will participate in virtual learning. This will allow GCSS staff the opportunity to assign your child to a virtual class and provide the appropriate training to the virtual teacher.


Please keep in mind that if you select the virtual learning option, you will be committing to at least 9 weeks of at-home learning for elementary and middle school students or 1 semester for high school students. Parents/guardians will be required to participate in a meeting with school and district administrators to discuss teacher and student learning expectations. Those discussions will include attendance, assignments, grading and diagnostic assessments.


If your student is new to Glynn County Schools and not enrolled in our district, you will need to schedule an appointment with our Central Registration Office by visiting  This must be done prior to submitting the Virtual Learning Registration form.

We understand the challenges of virtual learning and want to support our students in creating a manageable, organized framework for themselves.  We look forward to hearing from you and working together to plan for our students’ individual and collective success in the new school year.

In working to put plans in place to reopen schools safely in the fall, Glynn County Schools has created a Return to School Framework that addresses numerous areas that will affect day-to-day school operations. 

This framework is the byproduct of input and feedback from various stakeholders and information from within the Georgia’s Path to Recovery for K-12 SchoolsIt is not intended to be final as we anticipate adjustments, but will provide an overview of the anticipated guidance for re-entry to the school setting.

Please keep in mind this is a working draft copy and will be updated as new information becomes available.


As we work to reopen schools, it is critical that we work with our students, teachers, families and community so that we can collectively put forth our very best ideas and actions for what is possible, achievable, and essential when reopening. We are grateful for your continuous support and look forward to welcoming our students back to school.