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Coffee County Schools return to school

Published: Aug. 10, 2020 at 9:49 PM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) --

Coffee County School System is back in session Monday.

They join Enterprise City School System as the only other public-school system in the Wiregrass.

For the Coffee County School System, it was a day they have been waiting for since March.

“Our staffs were excited about coming back,” said Coffee County Schools Superintendent Kevin Killingsworth said. “The principals were ready to start, we had a good plan and we had been working on a plan for the last several months. They were ready and I think the majority of our parents were ready to send their children back.”

According to Killingsworth, nearly 90% of students are returning to traditional schooling, but he is still making sure every student has the tools they need to excel.

"We have boosted our Internet Wi-Fi signal at all of our campuses and here at the central office therefore if a student does not have Wi-Fi access at home we have times they can come on campus and they can sit in the parking lots in their vehicles and they can use our Wi-Fi," Killingsworth said.

Many students were ready to return to class, but it might take a little time to adjust.

"In quarantine, they probably got used to sleeping in all day and eating whenever they wanted so having to get back in the routine for school, going to class and waking up early," New Brockton High School senior Jordan Boland said.

Still, the future of many extracurriculars, students like Jordan are looking forward to, remain in limbo.

“The sports,” Jordan continued. “Starting our games and hopefully having football season this year with pep rally’s if we can get them.”

Killingsworth is doing everything he can to make those activities happen.

“I don’t have all the answers yet.” Killingsworth continued. “I told all our principals and our coaches last week that I did not know exact protocols for athletic events yet but we will look at that and make sure we do the best we can for our students and our parents and our schools to make sure that if all possible we will have athletic events in Coffee County.”

In the meantime, Coffee County Schools are appreciating what they currently have after being uncertain for so long.

“It’s just great to be back,” Jordan finished.

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