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More than half of Cobb parents surveyed want face-to-face learning

By Kristal Dixon, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution #atlanta-ga

Updated numbers released this week by the Cobb County School District show more than half of its parents want their children to return to the classroom for face-to-face learning this semester.

According to the district, 52% of households representing 56,284 students have indicated they want their children back in school this semester. The district also reported that 38% of households representing 41,036 students chose to continue with the remote learning option. Ten percent of households representing 10,296 students did not respond to its survey, the district’s numbers show.

The district’s previous report released Sept. 21 had 49% of households selecting in-person learning and 35% choosing the virtual option. Another 16% provided no response. The school district said students and families will have a chance to make their choice for the second semester in December.

Cobb County schools, the state’s second largest district with about 112,000 students, will begin the first phase of its reopening plan on Monday, Oct. 5. The district will reopen classes to students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade and kindergarten through 12th grade special education students.

Students will be in class Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and the district will reserve Wednesdays for deep cleaning of buildings, buses and other high-touch areas.