MARIETTA, Ga. — The big theme this year as the Metropolitan District returns to school is a return to a sense of normalcy.

From security to COVID-19, Channel 2’s Fred Blankenship discovered Marietta City School Plans so students can focus on learning.

“We are thrilled to welcome our children back,” said Marietta City Superintendent of Schools Dr. Grant Rivera.

Teachers and school staff in the city of Marietta are busy preparing for August 3. After two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, Rivera told Blankenship the overall goal is a return to a sense of normalcy.

“I want to welcome them back and let them be students again,” Rivera said.

One of the main priorities, of course, is education.

“We have been very proactive around science and reading, helping all children reach their full potential in relation to reading, to address some of the reading comprehension challenges children face,” Rivera said. .

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There is also a focus on school safety, especially in light of the deadly attack on the school in Uvalde, Texas.

“Operational protocols in the building, in conjunction with the Marietta Police Department, are really proactive in making sure our schools are as safe as possible so we can focus on the love and learning that should be priority,” Rivera said.

Rivera said there will be subtle changes, like signs reminding teachers not to open doors and school resource officers, who will continue to serve as protectors and mentors.

Rivera said COVID-19 measures will be nuanced.

“Masks will be optional, but we will continue to implement all of the mitigation strategies that we have seen that will be helpful while at the same time establishing a sense of normalcy, love and learning in the buildings,” said said Rivera.

“Talk about the amazing teachers and what you hope for them and what they might need to have a great year,” Blankenship asked Rivera.

“I want to remove all distractions from educators so they focus on the child and be the best version of themselves as an educator in our schools,” Rivera said.

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