Dothan City Schools are back in session

It is the first day of school for DCS schools - students are attending in class and virtually
Published: Sep. 8, 2020 at 2:16 PM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - “Today is the return of our students from a long, extended summer break,” said Dr. Scott Faulk, Principal of Dothan Prep. Academy.

It can be hard to believe that it’s been six months since students have been in a classroom setting. The days of lockers and water fountains are no more, in it’s place are water bottles and clear backpacks.

“Little things like that will help minimize the risk, the spread, of COVID-19,” said Meagan Dorsey, Public Information Officer for Dothan City Schools.

Dorsey said this year will look different from anything that they have ever experienced before.

“We have everything from screening protocols, making sure that our desks are as socially distanced as possible, masks are mandated in our schools for our second grade and above,” Dorsey said. “As well as making sure that we do little things like changing how they do their lunches, changing how they walk in the hallways.”

Dr. Faulk shares the main steps the school is taking.

“Health and safety first and education second, unfortunately, but because of today’s times that’s the way we have to do it,” Dr. Faulk said. “We want to make sure our students are healthy, we want to make sure our students are safe, we want to make sure that we are providing the learning environment to make all of the DPA community successful.”

It’s an unprecedented year for education.

“This pandemic struck, and a lot of our teachers were unable to see their students in the classroom, and they were unable to provide that love, that nurturing and that education,” Dorsey said.

The faculties excitement to welcome students back to campus does not minimize their worry and fear of the safety of these students.

“We are very serious about what is going on in our world,” Dorsey said. “We cannot let that get in our rear view mirror, but we want to make sure that everyone knows, please make sure your kids are not sick when they come to school.”

Dr. Faulk wants parents to keep this in mind:

“There may be some hiccups every now and then, this being the first day, this being a nontraditional start that we’ve had in the past dealing with the pandemic and dealing with other issues,” Dr. Faulk said. “Just to be patient with us we’re going to have everything straightened out before the end of this week, and it’s going to be a successful year.”

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