Fort Benning Schools Buildings to Be Closed To Students Effective Wednesday, March 18; Online Learning Starts March 23
The Department of Defense Education Activity Americas Region and the Southeast District leadership are following the recommendation made by the Fort Benning leadership to close Fort Benning schools for students effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020.
We appreciate the patience and understanding of our students’ parents as they support our efforts to maintain continuity of education. We have plans in place at the district and school-level, and DoDEA headquarters is committed to providing schools with all the resources necessary. The district will review conditions and publish an update each Friday by 5 p.m. on our local school web pages.
Here is a list of the changes:
- Wednesday, March 18, 2020, DoDEA school buildings at Fort Benning, will be closed to students as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This action is being taken as a prudent measure to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Staff will report at the usual time to begin online preparation.
- All school extracurricular activities are canceled/postponed until further notice. This includes, but is not limited to, all scholastic and athletic competitions, sports practices, music/drama/arts performance, school trips and any other extra-curricular activities. Additionally, this includes outside groups that meet at our schools.
- Wednesday, March 18, 2020 through Friday, March 20, 2020 will be a teacher and staff workday. This will allow administrators and staff to collaborate and prepare to ensure continuity of instruction for online teaching.
- Monday, March 23, 2020 students can expect to begin receiving assignments. Students will be expected to complete online learning assignments and/or work packets as assigned by their classroom teachers. School principals and teachers will be sending out additional information related to online learning.
- Monday, March 30 through Friday, April 3 spring break takes place. No student or staff attendance.
We recognize the hardship this decision places on many families, but believe it is in the public’s best interest if it means we can contribute to protecting our students as well as the community’s health and well-being.
The following website serves as DoDEA’s official source for information on COVID-19, highlighting associated impacts as well as response and prevention efforts: https://www.dodea.edu/Coronavirus.cfm. Please continue to visit this website for updates.
Also, we ask families to continue following the COVID-19/coronavirus guidelines as shared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that are posted on its website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html. These include monitoring family members’ health for flu-like symptoms and reaching out to a local health provider if these symptoms occur.
Please know that this is a unique situation for DoDEA schools and the nation. We do not yet have all the answers but are committed to communicating with the Fort Benning Community Schools family as frequently and openly as possible. DoDEA and Fort Benning leadership will continue to coordinate closely to ensure accurate and timely information is available and to encourage all appropriate measures to help prevent the spread of the virus.
DoDEA plans, directs, coordinates, and manages Pre-Kindergarten through 12th-grade education programs for school-aged children of Department of Defense personnel who would otherwise not have access to a high-quality public education. DoDEA schools are located in Europe, the Pacific, Western Asia, the Middle East, Cuba, the United States, Guam, and Puerto Rico. DoDEA also provides support and resources to Local Educational Activities throughout the U.S. that serve children of military families.