Dothan City Schools holds virtual press conference discussing reopening plans

DCS hold virtual press conference on roadmap to reopening
DCS hold virtual press conference on roadmap to reopening(Source: WTVY)
Published: Jul. 15, 2020 at 4:13 PM CDT
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It’s been one week since Dothan City Schools released their plan of reopening under COVID-19 but many questions arose from the 24 page road-map DCS released.

As the 2020-2021 school year approaches will your child be wearing a mask? Well Dothan City Schools is leaving it up to the parents and students to decide.

“But there still going to be in class with one another, things can happen so what we don’t want to have is just constantly monitoring, monitoring, monitoring, that part of it and really not teaching so we felt like strongly encouraged was the right way to go,” Dr. Phyllis Edwards, Dothan City Schools superintendent said.

With Alabama COVID-19 numbers still on the rise, breakouts may happen inside a classroom and DCS is prepared to notify you if so.

“If there was an outbreak in a particular first grade class, I think we’ve been clear in saying that were going to be transparent. To me that means that we would send something to the first grade parents in that classroom so that they can go ahead and get tested and get their child to the doctor. Hey, go get tested or else your going to have to do the quarantine,” Edwards said.

But something they wont be doing, COVID-19 contact tracing. Tracking and identifying people who have come in contact with someone who has tested positive.

“We don’t have just the population that comes to us and that’s it. So different people are going to be moving about doing things and there’s no way for us to know who anyone has been with or whats happened,” Edwards said.

For the sports teams, will you be playing in an empty stadium or gym come August? Well, that is still in the works but DCS has considered some options.

“This is not in stone yet were still checking it out, it may well be if we have limited seating we just for instance allow tickets for maybe band parents or football players parents or maybe cheerleaders. Were also talking about things like are we really going to have our cheerleaders and our band get in buses together and transport to somewhere else,” Edwards said.

Dothan City Schools is giving parents until July 31st to decide whether they want their child enrolled in a virtual or traditional setting for the upcoming school year.

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