Marietta City Schools, which has about 8,900 students and 1,400 employees, started the new school year with virtual learning. Brock said 800 educators have been given the option to teach remotely from home or at their schools.

“We believe that the decision to teach from home or the classroom should be made by our staff, and we respect that they know what is best for themselves, their families, and their personal circumstances,” she said.

The system closed its doors March 16 and completed the 2019-20 school year with remote learning. Unlike the spring when the district relaxed grading policies, Brock said the system will be assessing student grades and evaluating their attendance and class participation.

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