Cobb school board to discuss reopening plan Thursday

The Cobb County School Board will hold its virtual meeting at 10 a.m. Thursday. Credit: Cobb County School District

Details about the Cobb County School District’s reopening plan are expected to be discussed Thursday morning at the school board’s monthly virtual meeting.

The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. and will be streamed live on the district’s website.

Board member Charisse Davis said she wants to know more about how the district’s reopening plan will affect students who will continue with virtual learning. Davis said she continues to get emails from parents who say they have trouble logging on and accessing the program.

“We often times have the same issues in our own home," she said.

Board member Dr. Jaha Howard said he wants to discuss what he calls the district’s underwhelming communication strategy to parents and educators during the pandemic and its plan to ensure all students have the technology needed to learn remotely. Cobb has several schools where 5 to 20% of students aren’t connected to the learning program on any given day, Howard said.

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“Some children have been without a device for weeks,” he said. “We’ve also had an untold number of children emotionally disconnected during this pandemic. This is heartbreaking and deserves our full attention.”

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Kindergarten through fifth grade students will return to classrooms Oct. 5, along with special education students. Sixth through eighth grades are scheduled to start Oct. 19; older students Nov. 5.

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Residents who want to speak to the board using Zoom must pre-register by filling out the registration form. The form will be active beginning 40 minutes before the meeting until 10 minutes prior to the 10 a.m. start time or until the maximum number of 15 speakers have registered.