Update to Start of School Year - Start Date, Masks, etc.
Gwinnett County Public Schools updates plan for Fall 2020 to include new start date of Aug. 12 and mask requirement
During a special called meeting on July 7, 2020, the Gwinnett County Board of Education and Gwinnett County Public Schools CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks discussed plans for the coming school year and made the following decisions:
- Delay the start of school year in Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) until August 12, giving the district additional time to review and adjust its return to school plans to best meet students’ needs and to reflect the most updated guidance from public health officials.
- Require GCPS employees and students, and visitors to school facilities, to wear masks or face coverings. Medical professionals recommend social distancing and the wearing of a mask or face covering as two primary steps to minimize the spread of COVID-19. As social distancing will be a challenge in schools and on school buses, GCPS is asking those who attend and/or work at its schools— as well as those who drive buses and work in other GCPS facilities— to wear a face covering or mask to minimize the spread of illness, and keep students and staff members safe. A lower incidence of illness also will contribute to schools being able to return to normal operations. If a student is not willing to wear a mask or face covering, he or she should consider digital learning.
On June 25, the district announced it would allow parents to choose between in-person or digital instruction for their children for the first semester of the 2020-21 school year. The survey allowing the enrolling parent of each child to make that decision remains open through July 10. That information, coupled with ongoing review of the current and anticipated COVID-19 situation in Gwinnett County, will guide school district leaders as they continue to assess and respond to COVID-19 and adjust plans as needed for the coming school year.
GCPS leaders are in close conversation with public health officials and remain committed to decision-making that prioritizes student and staff safety while giving families the flexibility to make choices that are best for them.
Spring 2020 Graduate Information
The Phoenix High School Class of 2020 in-person graduation scheduled for July 13 has been canceled. The district held virtual high school graduations in May, noting at that time that it would hold in-person graduation ceremonies in July if conditions allowed. Plans moved forward to hold the ceremonies but the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in Gwinnett County led district leaders to make the difficult decision to cancel these ceremonies.
Graduates may pick up their diplomas and graduation items at the main campus of Phoenix High School during the any of the following times:
Wednesday, July 8th 10:00 am -- 4:00 pm
Thursday, July 9th 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Wednesday, July 22nd 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday, July 23rd 10:00 am - 2:00 pm