Week one of virtual learning comes to end for Ozark City Schools

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Published: Sep. 14, 2020 at 3:23 PM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - Week one of virtual school has come to end for Ozark City Schools. While it has been an adjustment, it’s all slowly paying off.

“Teachers went to school for four years to be an educator and within 3 weeks time they had to learn to be a remote teacher so we did a lot of work on the front end lots of professional development through the summer getting our staff ready its been an adjustment but and man our teachers have really embraced it and so have our students,” said Andrea Maness - Carroll High School Principal.

With worries that students may not be fully involved being online. School officials are seeing numbers that say different.

“We really wanted to make sure we tracked the engagement of students in classes so all teachers had to complete a form this morning just students that had not engaged in classes and the percent was very very low so we were pleasantly surprised and excited about that,” said Maness.

With hopes for week two to be even higher.

“But I think going into this second week I’m hoping that we can all just settle in and adjust and know what is expected in each course and really get to where we need to go this school year,” said Matthew Kinman - Carroll High School Science Teacher.

For teachers being one-on-one with their students is why they joined this profession. Now Ozark City Schools is hoping to get their students back in the classrooms.

“It’s not where we want to be forever we have to get our kids back in the regular classrooms so we have already started working with our school board and putting together a plan that will phase our students back into the classrooms the elementary school will probably phase into a five day school week sooner than the rest of the students the high school may come back at for a period of time on a alternating schedule just because of the volume of students that we are dealing with,” said Rick Mcinturf - Superintendent.

They hope to have students returning to the classrooms as soon as October 5th.

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