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Clayton County schools may open virtually, but in-person education is the goal

Clayton County Schools Superintendent Morcease Beasley said schools may begin virtually, but he wants students to eventually attend class in person.
Clayton County Schools Superintendent Morcease Beasley said schools may begin virtually, but he wants students to eventually attend class in person.

Credit: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC

Credit: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC

Though most parents and staff have signaled a preference for virtual education in the 2020-2021 school year, Clayton County Superintendent Morcease Beasley said Monday he hopes students will eventually be able to have in-class instruction.

The district leader said having in-class instruction would track with expectations from Gov. Brian Kemp and President Trump.

“While we may start virtually, our goal is face-to-face ASAP,” Beasley said in a tweet early Monday.

Beasley announced last week that the district was leaning toward a virtual-only school day when school begins in early August.

The Clayton Board of Education will meet Monday to decide whether to open Aug. 3 as planned, or move that date back a week to give teachers and staff time to prepare for a virtual program.