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Houston County Schools set new start date for students

Houston County Schools still plan to reopen August 20th
Houston County Schools still plan to reopen August 20th
Published: Aug. 10, 2020 at 9:07 PM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -

Schools around the Wiregrass are quickly changing their start dates as COVID-19 numbers continue to rise. Houston County Schools were set to start in just 10 days but after the August 10th board meeting students will be returning later than expected.

Just two weeks ago Houston County superintendent was adamant about starting school on August 20th but in the August 10th board meeting, just 10 days before starting school, a big change was made.

“The state made it financially unfeasible to use the access program that we had originally started and we had to go with a different program. But in the end it’s probably better because it allows us to offer the same courses to all of our students. If they come back to us at the end of the semester, they’ll just fall right into the classes,” David Sewell, Houston County Schools superintendent said.

It was unanimous decision, as all board members were in favor of the delay, giving teachers time to prepare for a school year they have never faced before.

“It’s extremely important, we hope that they’ll take this time to practice with the schoology and become more fluid in it and were hoping that they will be able to do several weeks worth of lesson plans,” Sewell said.

There are no changes to the traditional and virtual setting as of right now but superintendent, David Sewell stressed the importance of face to face learning as a majority of Houston County students return to a traditional setting.

“Research that you see shows how important it is to experience that face to face. Virtual your missing out on a lot of things, the social aspect and the one to one that you can get is so important,” Sewell said.

Superintendent David Sewell said the delayed start will not effect athletics.

Masks will be required for all students and Houston County Schools will be providing each student with 3 reusable masks for the school year.

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