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Back to school: In-person classes will resume in Dawson County this August
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Dawson County students will be returning to in-person classes this August, local education officials announced this week, but specific details on the system’s return plans have not yet been announced.

At the June meeting of the Dawson County Board of Education held on Tuesday, Dawson County Superintendent Damon Gibbs explained that overwhelmingly local parents in the school district voiced their desire for in-person classes to resume in August, and the board concurred with that opinion.

“We know the best place for our students to learn is at school, and providing a safe environment for our students and staff is our highest priority,” Gibbs said. “We surveyed parents about returning to school within the department of public health guidelines, and the vast majority of our parents want their children in school.”

Details of the systems back to school plans are still in the works, Gibbs said, but at this point, they are confident that school will resume in-person classes on Aug. 7, 2020. 

School officials hope to be able to release a comprehensive back to school plan, no later than July 24. The school system is also working on plans to meet the needs of students who prefer to continue learning via an online model.

During the meeting, Board of Education Chairwoman Elaine Wilson told the handful of school administrators in attendance that the board is grateful for all of the extra work that was put in by school staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“We know all the work you all did this spring and we appreciate it...I’m glad I can finally tell you that face to face,” Wilson said. “I’m looking forward to great things this next year with our new principals and good changes happening.”

Check back in with the Dawson County News for updates on the upcoming school year.