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Wiregrass school systems introduce varying plans to reopen in fall with official start dates

Wiregrass school systems introduce varying plans to reopen in fall with official start dates

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111cc彩票下载安卓Several local school systems presented initial plans to reopen schools over the last several days with options for traditional and virtual learning.

Houston County Schools, in heeding the Alabama Department of Education’s advice, will be opening Aug. 20.

111cc彩票下载安卓Superintendent David Sewell said an application should be on the school system’s website next week for parents to opt out of traditional schooling.

111cc彩票下载安卓On Wednesday, Sewell recommended the school board approve the purchase of 2,000 Chromebooks, not to exceed $850,000, in preparation for opening schools.

In an interview, Sewell said the laptops will be used in-house and be provided to students taking classes remotely.

111cc彩票下载安卓Over the summer, the district conducted a survey, asking parents if they felt comfortable with their children returning to a traditional classroom environment in the fall; a little less than 10% said they did not. However, Sewell estimates a smaller percentage will likely opt for virtual schooling.

111cc彩票下载安卓A committee is still working to solidify plans, Sewell said, adding that smaller details, like how lunches and breaks will be conducted, will vary based on the school.

111cc彩票下载安卓Enterprise City Schools will open Aug. 6.

111cc彩票下载安卓In a letter posted on its website, Superintendent Greg Faught encouraged parents to send their children to school if possible.

Remote learning is an option, but students who choose that path will not be allowed to participate in extracurricular activities such as band, choral music and athletics.

The deadline to opt out of in-person instruction is July 21.

111cc彩票下载安卓In a list of precautions that will be taken for reopening, Faught encouraged the use of masks or face shields by employees, students and parents, but said they would not be required at this time.

111cc彩票下载安卓Hand-sanitizing stations will be available throughout the schools, and water fountains would not be accessible to students. In middle and high schools, students will not be permitted to use lockers.

Dothan City Schools students will return Aug. 17.

111cc彩票下载安卓Superintendent Phyllis Edwards said Chromebooks with cellular data will be made available to students who choose a virtual learning option.

111cc彩票下载安卓Other Wiregrass school systems have not publicized detailed reopening plans, but have set official start dates.

Geneva City Schools announced it would open on Aug. 7 with virtual options; however, students must have equipment and internet service to be able to learn remotely.

Superintendent Ben Baker said Dale County Schools will open Aug. 7. Official plans for how the schools will function will be publicized at the beginning of next week; they will include traditional and remote learning opportunities.

“It’s going to be a challenge, and we’re going to have some difficult days, but we’re going to take care of our kids and do everything we can to keep them as safe and healthy as possible,” Baker said.

111cc彩票下载安卓Coffee County Schools will open Aug. 10; Henry County Schools, Aug. 21; and Geneva County Schools, Aug. 7.

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