Dothan City Schools announce plans and guidelines upon reopening in August
DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -
With the start of school less than a month away, Dothan City Schools has become the first in the Wiregrass to release their plan to reopening school for the 2020-2021 school year.
DCS has released a 24 page plan on reopening school under COVID-19. There are several changes being applied for the upcoming school year including traditional vs virtual learning and optional mask wearing.
The 2020-2021 school year will look completely different at DCS starting with when your child gets on the bus.
“Well Dothan City Schools we teach over eight thousand students so we also transport half of that population so with that many students and that many campuses around 17 in our district it would be very difficult to social distance on our buses because we would only be able to transport 4, if we went by the guidelines by the CDC,” Meagan Dorsey, Dothan City Schools public information officer said.
How a child learns? Well that will be up to the parents whether it be inside a classroom or in the walls of their home.
“The remote or the virtual option, we have for those that don’t have their own technology, we have about a month ago ordered additional laptops with the built in wifi situation,” Dr. Phyllis Edwards, superintendent for Dothan City Schools said.
If parents go the virtual route remote learning will be for students from Pre-K to 6th grade where the virtual program will be for 7th grade to 12th grade.
“The traditional method is your coming to the class, your sitting in the classroom, interacting with your peers as well as your teacher then you have the virtual method which is a combination of your remote learning and your virtual program,” Dorsey said.
For students going the traditional route, changes such as social distancing and symptom screening will be in effect but mask-wearing will not be required, they will be encouraged but solely based on the students preference.
“A district team met when they came up with a reopening plans and we found that using guidance from health officials as well as from other school districts that enforcing masks would be a very difficult task,” Dorsey said.
Now Dothan City School teachers will report back August 11th and students will start August 17th.
If parents choose the virtual or remote approach for their child, students will be enrolled from the start of school until the end of the first nine weeks. Then they can reconsider their options.
For more information on the plan visit www.dothan.k12.al.us/reopening
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