Vivian B. Adams resume date continues to be delayed

Published: Jun. 22, 2020 at 7:22 PM CDT
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OZARK, Ala. (WTVY) -- Some schools have started to resume on-campus activity, but one Wiregrass school will remain closed.

Vivian B. Adams was informed last week, they would remain closed through July 31.

“We always take a two-week vacation at Christmas, beyond that we have never been closed down school wide like this,” said Vivian B. Adams Resource Coordinator Susan Owens.

A major concern for the staff is the amount of time students have been out of class.

"We deal with a population that functions best with routine, but one of the biggest concerns that I have as a parent is getting that routine reestablished," Owens said.

Staff has still been paid through this time off, but as weeks have turned to months worry has come.

"The number one concern that we will begin to have and staying closed much longer is our financial situation," Owens explained.

The staff continues to remain in touch with students keeping them busy while at home.

"We have been sharing links from different resources outside of just our school resources," Owens added.

The school has been working on protocol to be put in place for once school returns including staff wearing masks and checking temperatures.

“Once we know we can go back, our main goal is to keep our individuals and our staff safe,” Owens continued. “We have a very vulnerable population.”

The school is optimistic the department of mental health will let them return in August.

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