New school year: new programs and policies

COLQUITT COUNTY Ga. (WCTV) – The first day of school for Colquitt County students begins this week, and there are several new programs and policies that parents and students can look forward to.

Superintendent Ben Wiggins says that like many school districts last year, Colquitt County struggled with staff. Ahead of the 2022-23 school year, Superintendent Ben Wiggins said bus drivers are still needed, but the district is in good shape when it comes to teachers.

“We have three main priorities for this school year. Of course school safety, customer service and academic rigor,” Wiggins said.

School safety has also been a top priority according to Wiggins, but even more so this year after the shooting and murder of dozens of students and two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.

“We are currently working with the Moultrie Police Department and the Colquitt County Sheriff’s Office to ensure they have instant access to these cameras if and when they need it. As well as our hallway security cameras,” Wiggins said. “Every staff member we have has the opportunity to let local authorities know if there is something happening on campus that shouldn’t.”

Other additions to the school year include a new reading curriculum that primary school teachers have adopted. There is also a new telehealth program designed to help parents with sick leave, while saving them from having to leave work.

“The school nurse will do the initial, you know, do you have a fever? ‘Where does it hurt’, and if they feel there’s an additional need to see a doctor, so long that the parents agree (…) then they can have a virtual meeting with a doctor,” Chief of Communications Officer Angela Hobby said.

Wiggins said security measures have been updated to include cameras in every classroom.

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