Houston County Schools still plan to reopen August 20th

Published: Jul. 28, 2020 at 3:58 PM CDT
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The 2020-2021 school year will bring many changes for staff and students and with the start of school only 3 weeks away, families still have questions and concerns. So WTVY sat down with Houston County Schools superintendent, David Sewell to get the answers.

With the number of COVID-19 cases continuing to rise in the state of Alabama, Houston County School families number one question is will that effect the start of school?

“This is a very fluid situation but at this time were still planning on August 20th. We feel like by that time the numbers will be declining. Right now most of the numbers rising and numbers we are seeing are from the 4th of July, all of the celebrations and things like that,” Houston County Schools superintendent, David Sewell said.

Students attending a Houston County School get an option to attend either virtually or traditionally. For those going online, Houston County just received funding to help.

“Well we had 500 before. We have a contract for 2,000 chromebooks and some other device but its mainly for the chromebooks,” Sewell said.

But what would a normal day of virtual learning look like?

“Right now we have roughly 80 students signed up, we have a couple more days. With the virtual school we will check and make sure they’re logging in, we will check with their progress but they can log in at different times with the virtual school,” Sewell said.

Will Houston County Schools be limiting numbers in a classroom or spreading desks out for students attending the brick and mortar setting?

“We always try to keep it to a minimum. To our best ability, were going to spread them out, were going back to rows and columns. That’s what the guidelines call for,” Sewell said.

Now if a student, teacher, or staff member were to test positive for COVID-19, Houston County Schools protocol is to be determined at this time.

“Were waiting on the state department, the last meeting we had they were going to send us what they call a tool kit which is basically a guideline so that all the schools in the state will be doing the same thing,” Sewell said.

Individual schools should be sending out orientation instructions to their students and families.

Houston County School superintendent, David Sewell said that masks are encouraged at school but wont be mandatory unless governor Ivey extends the mandate.

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