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Dothan City Schools will start after Labor Day

Published: Jul. 30, 2020 at 1:34 PM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - Dothan City Schools held a special called webinar meeting this afternoon to discuss the reopening plan for DCS and an update on the survey the board had sent out to parents and staff.

In the survey four different options were provided for the 2020-2021 school year. DCS gave parents a week to take the survey and voice which option they would prefer.

The four options included opening school as normal on August 17th, delay the opening of school for a few weeks until after Labor Day, open school on August 17th but virtually only for everyone, open school on August 17th but only allow half of the student body at each school to attend on designated days.

When WTVY last spoke with Dothan City School superintendent, Dr. Phyllis Edwards she mentioned that the two options leading the survey were to delay the opening of school for a few weeks until after Labor Day and to open school on August 17th but have everyone attend virtually.

The official survey results included 4,779 responses of those 3,828 were parents and 951 were staff.

For the four options, open as originally planned on August 17th received 828 votes. A delayed start until after Labor Day had 1,869 votes, the virtual only had 1,679 votes and the half and half concept received 403 votes.

When asking parents and staff whether they have masks be mandates 3,785 said yes and 994 said no.

“Were getting the sign ups for virtual, it’s well over two thousand at this point which means every student has to have a schedule, every student has to have a teacher, those teachers have to again be furthered trained but there’s just a lot of things still left to do,” Dothan City School superintendent, Dr. Phyllis Edwards said.

In the special called meeting on July 30th the Dothan City School board came to a decision that students will start after Labor Day on September 8th and teachers will start August 31st.

Dr. Edwards said the delayed start will give them time to hire nurses to help with symptom screening and she will be meeting with the athletic director to discuss how the new plan will reflect sporting teams.

Parents have until July 31st to let DCS know if they would like to have their child enrolled for virtual classes.

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