Houston County Schools welcome students back to the classrooms

Published: Sep. 8, 2020 at 4:00 PM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - After closing their doors on March 16th and not knowing when they would be able to return, Houston County students and teachers filled the classrooms Tuesday for the start of a new school year.

“Loved it loved it loved it!!” said Mary Hudson, the Assistant Principal at Wicksburg Elementary.

Excitement filled the halls Tuesday morning as students were welcomed back to Wicksburg’s school after an extra long summer break.

“Checking in with them and seeing how everybody was doing the teachers I’ve seen the teachers but this was seeing everybody in actions and the kids were all good to go and so excited to be here,” said Hudson.

For students, especially seniors, being back is something they’ve looked forward to.

“It’s very exciting because I am also a varsity cheerleader and we just had our senior night so it’s very rewarding that we can be back in school and get back in the grove of everything and hopefully have many more senior memories,” said Sarah Trawick, a Wicksburg senior.

With the new school year, new safety are measures in place.

“Really pushing the washing your hands too because that is your biggest defense against anything wearing masks is a huge thing with us and social distancing as much as possible,” said Hudson.

“Before and after each class we have to spray down all of our desks and door handles anything that is touched during the class time we need to clean those down we also have to make sure the students are not gathering in groups in the hallways and moving onto class,” said Windy Farmer, a math teacher at Wicksburg.

Student and staff safety is the number one priority. Wicksburg students feel these efforts are going to keep them safe.

“They’re doing a great job there is only certain amounts of people allowed in each place,” said Aubrey Bond, a Wicksburg senior.

“I feel very safe especially my second class of the day I’m basically a mile apart from everybody so I feel very comfortable and very safe,” said senior Abby Herring.

Houston county schools has created a re-opening plan and are prepared for any changes they may face during this school year.

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