Students in Camden County head back to school in person and online Tuesday

Students in Camden County head back to school in-person and online Tuesday

CAMDEN COUNTY, Ga. — On Tuesday, Camden County students became the first in our area to head back to class -- both in person and online.

It is not required to wear a face mask at Camden County Schools, but it is highly recommended.

Some parents Action News Jax spoke to said it’s definitely going to be harder for the younger kids to keep their mask on during school.

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­­­”As long as she keeps her mask on, it lowers her chances and it’s not any worse than going to ­­Walmart,” Shelby Bogawitch said.

Bogawitch said sheworries about her 5-year-old daughter, Nova, but she decided to send her back to school at Matilda Harris Elementary.

“It’s kindergarten, there isn’t that much room in there,” she said.

And with younger kids, social distancing is a challenge.

“They have four kids to a table, which I’m assuming is usually 6 and then they’re on the far edges. There were different classrooms in there. One had like individual desks that were spaced 6 feet,” Bogawitch said.

Action News Jax spotted students walking to school with their parents or to the bus stop and some did not wear a face mask.

“She has her little ‘Frozen’ one and then she has her two unicorn rainbow ones in her backpack for safety,” Bogawitch said.

For Julie Dunham, the first day of school started off rocky.

Her children are part of the 20% of students that opted for virtual learning in Camden County.

“I have yet to receive anything at all for my middle schooler and we haven’t even had the chance to pick up Chromebooks for my elementary kids,” Dunham said.

Her husband has a compromised immune system, so she made the decision early on to keep her kids at home instead of in the classroom.

Dunham’s biggest worry this school year is that her children won’t get the same quality of learning as in person classes.

“We were told it was a more independent learning structure. There’s going to be no Google Meets or Zoom classes. There’s not going to be any teacher led instruction,” she said.

Camden County Schools reportedly do have masks for students who can’t bring one. The district is also cleaning school buses after both morning and afternoon routes.

There were also be random temperature checks for students and employees, and anyone showing symptoms will be isolated.

The school district also told Action News Jax that classrooms and buses are fully stocked with hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies.

It has also hired 14 new elementary school teachers for the school year to reduce class sizes.