Dothan Family Back to School Tradition During Covid

Published: Sep. 11, 2020 at 10:08 AM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -One Dothan mom is excited her kid is finally back in school after a long summer in quarantine. They shared their unique way of starting the new year.

The Simmons have been taking a back to school picture for a few years now.

Paula Simmons said, “Of course we had to integrate the Coronavirus in this one.”

The pictures have gotten more intricate.

“Each year it’s becoming a little more hectic to try to pick an idea for a picture so hazmat suit and I was trying to figure out social distance because I’m always trying to integrate the parents having a party because their kids are going back to school.”

The pressure was on to come up with a creative picture for this year.

Paula’s daughter Kaitlin Simmons said, “She stresses me out about these photos because she start like a month before and shes like we’ve got to come up with something to do or this years gonna be a bummer.”

Today was Kaitlin’s first day at Dothan Prep and both mom and daughter were pleased with the new norms.

“I feel like Dothan City has done a good job of trying to keep the kids safe. We really don’t know what the year has to hold but we’re feeling good about it,” Paula said.

Kaitlin said wearing a mask for that long got tiring but knew its what she had to do.

“Some kids don’t stay six feet apart so I have to tell them to back up but they do pretty good,” Kaitlin said.

Even though Paula didn’t end up celebrating her daughters first day that morning, it doesn’t mean a celebration isn’t still to come.

Paula said, “After the six month that we’ve had with the six months that we’ve had with them being at home a zoom meeting with parents and celebrating sounds pretty good.”

The two plan to continue the tradition for years to come.

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