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Marietta City Schools Operate On Hybrid Model Amid Pandemic

Marietta City Schools Superintendent Grant Rivera joins "Closer Look to discuss the how the school system working to make sure students, staff and teachers are safe amid the ongoing rise in COVID-19 cases.
Marietta City Schools Superintendent Grant Rivera joins "Closer Look to discuss the how the school system working to make sure students, staff and teachers are safe amid the ongoing rise in COVID-19 cases.
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Marietta City Schools have resumed in-person and virtual classes for the second half of the 2020-21 school year.

School officials say it’s all a part of the school systems’ hybrid model, which allows parents and students to choose in-person classes or take all virtual classes Monday-Thursday, while Fridays remain a virtual learning day for everyone.

On Monday’s edition of “Closer Look,” Dr. Grant Rivera, the superintendent of Marietta City Schools, spoke transparently about the incremental steps his team of educators and staff are taking to keep classrooms safe and prevent school-based transmission of COVID-19 by following safety protocols–requiring masks, social distancing and by installing air filtration systems.

“Generally speaking, our classrooms are safe,” Rivera said. “What we know we, though, also is that we have put a lot of time and effort in making them such.”

Rivera says a new partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention allows the school system to test for COVID-19 and contract trace quickly.

During the conversation, he shared his thoughts on whether or not educators in close contact with students should be vaccinated and stressed that his staff is continually reviewing several options to know how and when to pivot, depending on COVID-19 data and health officials’ recommendations.

Guest:

Grant Rivera, the superintendent of Marietta City Schools

To listen to the full conversation, click the audio player above.