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Dale County schools begin busy week leading to start of school

Published: Aug. 3, 2020 at 10:51 PM CDT
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DALE COUNTY, Ala. (WTVY) --

For the first time in nearly 5 months, Dale County school teachers were able to interact with their students during an open house.

“I was excited to be able to see my students again,” said G.W. Long High School science teacher Joanne Hicks. “Students that we haven’t seen since March and just to be able to see their face and know that they are ok, and they are excited about coming back to school.”

It was also the first-time faculty and staff were able to meet face-to-face.

"It was different because we've not been able to meet together and we've not been able to talk about the end of last year," said Ariton Schools principal Josh Herring.

Most of the day was spent in meetings preparing for what is to come in less than a week.

"We've talked about gaps that our kids are going to have and how we're going to address those and we talked about how we're going to make sure kids don't fall through the crack and we talked about remote learning and talked about traditional school," Herring added.

Lately, parents have been the ones teaching their children lessons.

"Keep their hands off of things wiping and sanitizing and so forth," said Shannon Senn.

Parents are just as ready for some normalcy.

"We're excited to get back on a schedule of course with a lot of uncertainty, but we'll face those when we get there and just glad to get back on a routine," Senn continued.

The schools want to provide it.

"We want to give the kids; we want to give our community a sense of normalcy whatever that is now. We want to give them that and we are just eagerly anticipating be able to see them."

In Mr. Barrentine's eyes, today was a step in the right direction.

"We have amazing teachers and they are really what makes everything tic around here. We get to reap the benefits of how well of a job they do instruction so getting to see them and getting to interact with them today it was a lot of fun."

Dale County schools return to the classroom on Friday and will have 86% of their overall students in the classrooms for traditional school

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