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The new approved calendar for Rockdale County Public Schools has several key changes, including the start and end dates for the school year.

CONYERS – Rockdale County Public Schools students will return to school starting Aug. 24, but not all of them will be in the school buildings at the same time. The Board of Education approved a revised school calendar for the 2020-2021 school year at its regular meeting on June 18, employing a “hybrid model” of in-person and virtual learning.

The approved calendar has several key changes, including the start and end dates for the school year.

“I impaneled three cross-functional committees to research and develop flexible plans for safely reopening schools in the fall,” said Rockdale County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Terry Oatts. “The committees are made up of faculty, staff and parents, representing different grade levels and functional areas of operations and teaching and learning. While still in the process of developing all of the details and gathering feedback through our student, parent, and staff survey, I am pleased to present a revised school calendar so families and staff can begin planning for the next school year. This calendar affords us more time to prepare and consider stakeholder feedback, guidance from health officials, and the myriad of challenges such as health screening, social distancing, increased cleaning protocols, and the potential for future school closures.”

The approved 2020-2021 calendar includes the following highlights:

♦ Aug. 14-21 – Pre-planning (in-person)

♦ Aug. 24-Sept. 4 – Virtual Jumpstart

Virtual Jumpstart will be in-person for students in grades K-three to become familiar with their devices, while students in grades four-12 will be engaged in virtual learning from home during these two weeks.

♦ Monday, Sept. 7 – Labor Day Holiday

♦ Tuesday, Sept. 8 – First Day of School

School will start with a hybrid model of in-person and virtual (independent) learning to reduce the number of students in the buildings at one time. Details pertaining to the hybrid model and independent learning will be shared in the coming days and weeks.

♦ Thursday, June 10, 2021 – Last day of school for students

♦ Friday, June 11, 2021 – Post-planning

The complete approved RCPS 2020-2021 School Year Calendar can be found on the school system’s website at

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I have been editor of the Rockdale Citizen since 1996 and editor of the Newton Citizen since it began publication in 2004. I am also currently executive editor of the Clayton News Daily, Henry Daily Herald and Jackson Progress-Argus.

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This counties school board is a joke, primarily the Superintendent who is an ego driven, womanizing clown. Question, if the state is fully open and parents have to work, who will be monitoring that child who is home by themselves? Oh wait, have a 7 year old, yes let’s keep her home. When the state, counties were on lockdown it was frustrating but at least we knew that we were home with their as parents. What’s the answer, my tax dollars for the school here is pretty high, he could/should come up with something better. Thank you Ms. Duncan for trying to accommodate some of the parents concern. But to leave neighborhoods open with kids and no supervision is a joke

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