Dothan City Schools send out 2021-2022 enrollment options

Published: Dec. 1, 2020 at 5:28 PM CST
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We continue to see Covid-19 cases rise in the wiregrass and that’s led schools to make changes from the traditional classroom setting several times already this school year.

New changes are in store for the 2021-2022 school year for Dothan City School students. Instead of signing into a online program, next year students will have someone else on the other side of their screen.

“We think that this is going to give a more personal approach for instruction. We will have teachers that probably teach maybe 7th, 8th, English and maybe they will have more than one content but they will be login in with students everyday and teaching in real time,” Maria Johnson, curriculum director at DCS said.

The board approved “the movement,” a three-part solution at the last meeting, DCS will introduce a virtual school for the upcoming year. After losing 645 students this year, the curriculum director believes this addition will increase enrollment numbers.

“I think this is going to bring back students, we’ve already had calls from other districts, people out of our district range inquiring about it. I think it’s an exciting venture for Dothan City because we will be the only virtual school program that is literally going to have the teacher face to face with students so I think that’s an attractive draw,” Johnson said.

DCS has sent parents an anticipated enrollment option survey, where they can enroll their students in either face to face instruction or the new DCS virtual school if their child is in 7th through 12th grade.

“Well I think they’ve kind of got a taste for it this year so they know what to expect. It makes me feel very confident that when they do choose virtual for next year they know exactly what they’re signing up for,” Johnson said.

The DCS virtual school will be a year-long commitment for students.

“I hope that people understand and have a solid understanding of what a commitment it is to go virtually next year. I think it’s a great opportunity, there are so many children that can really do better virtually than in face to face,” Johnson said.

The virtual school students will still have the option to attend Dothan Technology Center classes, DPA/DHS electives, and extracurricular activities.

The DCS virtual school will be based out of the Dothan Prep elective building for the upcoming school year and the deadline for completing the form is Friday, December 4th.

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