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Morris Community High School has revised its plan for returning to school this fall.

Superintendent Craig Ortiz announced the move in an email to MCHS families Monday afternoon. Ortiz cited “a number of logistical and safety reasons” due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as the main catalyst behind implementing remote learning for all students for the first three weeks of the school year.

Classes are scheduled to begin on Monday, August 17, and will be held online for everyone, Ortiz said. Students are asked to follow the school’s abbreviated bell schedule, which is 35-minute classes daily from 7:40 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and to check email accounts for Google Classroom information. Ortiz reminded students that participation in remote learning is not optional, as assignments will be made, and grades will be taken like any normal school year.

Ortiz also announced that GAVC students may choose to attend classes in-person and plans for in-person behind-the-wheel instruction will go on as scheduled.

Textbook and Chromebook pick-up dates remain the same. Students may pick-up their materials in the library from 8 a.m. to noon or 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on the following dates:

August 5: Sophomores

August 6: Juniors

August 7: Seniors

August 11-12: Freshmen according to their orientation times. Sophomores through seniors who missed the first week may also pick up on these dates between 10:00 A.M. and 12:00 P.M.

Ortiz continued by saying students are not permitted to put items in their lockers at this time but may empty their lockers of last year’s contents when they pick-up materials.

Finally, all visitors to MCHS must wear a face covering.

Ortiz said the first three weeks of school will be used to evaluate when it may be safe to resume in-person instruction and what sort of modified scheduled the school district may follow.