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Houston County Schools prepare for upcoming school year

As the 2020-2021 school year approaches, systems are trying to figure out a plan that will help students be successful in the classroom or at home.
As the 2020-2021 school year approaches, systems are trying to figure out a plan that will help students be successful in the classroom or at home.(Source: WTVY)
Published: Jun. 29, 2020 at 5:04 PM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - As the 2020-2021 school year approaches, systems are trying to figure out a plan that will help students be successful in the classroom or at home.

As Wiregrass schools are preparing for how their classrooms will look this fall....

“Working on formulating our plans for virtual school now the other school is normal, we will start school and take it day by day,” David Sewell, Houston County Schools Superintendent said.

Houston County Schools are one of the few in the area who have officially announced their start date.

“Plan on starting school august the 20th for students, teachers will go back on the 10th,” Sewell said.

Although a concrete plan has not been sent out, schools are leaving the decision on how a student learns up to their parents.

“We did a survey last month about ten percent of the students are interested in virtual school and were setting up something for that ten percent. If we close school, if we had to close school, every student has to be home bound, we will use the virtual school or those students,” Sewell said.

After meeting with the state superintendent last week, schools were given a variety of tools to formulate a virtual curriculum.

“Now we do have the platform to deliver the content, a software company the state deals with, we will be using schoology but the content of the company has just been given to us,” Sewell said.

But with the ever-changing Coronavirus....

“Most parents want their children in school, brick and mortar. Like I said 90 percent of them want them to be in school and majority of the students need to be in school. Especially the younger students, they need that guidance, the hands on guidance a teacher can give them,” Sewell said.

Houston County Schools will create an alternative plan for those who want to switch.

“Right now the survey we just had, they can change their minds. In the fall we will look at having a policy in place about when you can opt out of virtual school,” Sewell said.

Houston County Schools hope to have their complete plan sent out by mid July.

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