School start date postponed

At the July 23 meeting, the board approved a plan to delay the start of school from Aug. 3 to Aug. 17. This decision is based on current public health data for the community.

During the three weeks prior to school starting, faculty and staff will be planning for face-to-face and virtual instruction. The deadline for virtual enrollment registration has been extended until July 30. Devices and directions for accessing virtual instruction will be distributed in the week of Aug. 10.

School supply lists, located on our website at, include items needed regardless of whether the face-to-face or virtual instructional model has been selected.

Student schedules will be mailed on Aug. 7 to the last known mailing address. If your address or telephone number has changed, please email Thomson High School as soon as possible.

Open houses will be pre-recorded and posted on the school website by Aug. 13.

Closer to Aug. 17, if public health data indicates substantial spread, the school year will begin completely virtually. If data indicates moderate spread, at that time a blended model for faceā€“to-face instruction, which would reduce class sizes may be considered. These decisions cannot be made until closer to the date.

The goal is to offer face-to-face instruction when it can be done so safely for students and employees. This situation is volatile and changes daily. A reopening plan has been developed through the guidance provided by the Georgia Department of Education, Department of Public Health, and Centers for Disease Control.

The return to school plan (Re-opening Resource Guide) can be read in its entirety here.

Review the Learn from Home (Virtual Learning Option) and access the virtual learning option form here.

Source: McDuffie County Board of Education