DCS asks parents about 4 plans for next school year

(WTVY News 4)
Published: Jul. 22, 2020 at 4:51 PM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - The Dothan City Schools System is asking parents and staff to weigh in on different plans for starting the new school year.

In a letter posted to the Dothan City Schools website, Superintendent Phyllis Edwards says that recent surges in the spread of the coronavirus and COVID-19 in Houston County may mean changing the start of the new school year.

Edwards says the system has been responsive to the changing state of the pandemic and the best advice from state health officials.

Now with the recent surge in the Wiregrass and with school scheduled to start in three weeks, she wants to know what parents and staff are thinking.

Edwards has proposed four plans she wants to get opinions on.

  • Open school as planned on August 17th for students who are planning to come to school traditionally and virtual education for those who chose this option.
  • Delay the opening of school for a few more weeks, until after Labor Day, to allow the county and the state to combat the high numbers of infection and give the system a bit more time to install and implement the new requirements and receive and install the multitude of safety and cleaning equipment.
  • Open school on August 17th, virtually only, for everyone until we see the path the virus is taking.
  • Open school on August 17th but only allow  ½ the student body at each school to attend on designated days.  Half the students come to school on  Monday and Tuesday and half the students come to school on  Wednesday and Thursday; leaving Friday to deep clean and students to do virtually. 

Dr. Edwards says, “This is certainly not ideal and not where I hoped we would be, but schools are a large part of the entire community and safety must come first.”

For those that want to weigh in on the proposed plans go to the DCS survey page:

The survey will close in 1 week.

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