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Bright from the Start approves Bulloch's Pre-K plan for traditional & virtual learning
Posted 7/30/20

Bulloch County Schools received permission this week from the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, also known as Bright From the Start, to offer parents of children in the school district's state-approved Georgia Pre-Kindergarten sites the choice of either face-to-face or virtual learning. This choice mirrors the choice already offered to K-12 students. Pre-K will begin at all of the school district's 11 sites and 20 classrooms on August 17.  


Bulloch County Schools' Pre-Kindergarten personnel will contact parents of registered pre-k students to confirm their choice. Families will receive orientation information from Pre-K teachers prior to the start of school. Some Pre-K teachers will deliver a blended model of instruction that serves both face-to-face and virtual students in order to accommodate all of the program's 440 students. If parents need additional assistance, they can also contact their child's zoned school. 

Bright from the Start originally offered Georgia school districts three instructional models from which to choose: face-to-face; hybrid scenarios where children would attend school on select days or half days; and an all virtual option. However, with these scenarios, each Pre-K class site would have to select one instructional model, and all 22 students in a class would be required to be served in the same manner. 

"That approach did not meet the needs of our Pre-K families," said Teresa Phillips, Bulloch County Schools' assistant superintendent of school improvement.  "We submitted a different proposal to Bright From the Start that would allow us to provide Pre-K families a true choice of either face-to-face or virtual instruction."