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DCS parent reacts to school closures

Published: Jan. 11, 2022 at 5:37 PM CST
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - The move for remote learning the rest of this week for Dothan City Schools raises concerns for all, especially parents.

“Yesterday I got a phone call from the front desk at Heard Elementary School, and they let me know that my son Grayson and the rest of his class was going to be sent home due to their teacher being very sick,” says Megan Hamm, a DCS parent.

She says thankfully she’s a stay-at-home mom, but knows it’s a different story for other families.

When Heard called again later to say don’t come Tuesday either, this DCS parent knew the staffing shortage was “out of control.”

“They sent home nothing,” Hamm continues. “He got nothing home from school, they told us basically to just stay at home.”

Not shocked when the district announced all students will be remote the rest of the week, but concerned.

“Knowing people personally that it’s affecting, it really just is sad to watch them have to struggle and worry about their kids coming home and not having them there or having to take off work and lose money,” expresses Hamm. “It’s a very bad situation for all parents.”

Saying most parents were hit with this news out of the blue, leaving them little time to make arrangements.

Hamm added, “Not just do they have to find care; they have to find somebody who’s capable of teaching them remote learning and making sure their kids are caught up in their school and their grades.”

She believes consistency is key, for everyone.

“I’m just worried about everybody and how it’s affecting the entire community and parents and children, and that we’ve got to figure out how to live with this, Hamm finishes. “This cannot keep happening.”.

Superintendent Dr. Coe is asking for patience and understanding from parents as the district works through these challenging times.

DCS plans to re-evaluate the situation to determine if buildings can safely re-open after the MLK holiday.

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