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Some Huntsville parents ready to start the year virtually

Huntsville City Schools' first day of school is Monday.

Posted: Aug 16, 2020 4:00 PM
Updated: Aug 17, 2020 7:48 AM

Huntsville City Schools' first day of school is Monday and everyone will be learning virtually.

WAAY-31 spoke with a mother who says her family's daily school routine will stay basically the same, even if it is online.

Instead of filling their backpacks and heading out the door for the first day, students in Huntsville will be turning on their laptops and logging in, virtually, every day for the next 9 weeks.

One parent we spoke to says she has high hopes for the school year.

“It’s still the first day of school. We’re planning on getting our pictures like normal. They’re going to have to get up when I kick them out of bed and we’re going to see how it goes,” said Laura Frame.

Frame has three children in the Huntsville City Schools system. One is in kindergarten, one is in 4th grade and one is in 6th grade. All of them will be doing virtual school this year.

She chose the traditional option over the summer, but is one of many parents that will have their students learning virtually for the first 9 weeks.

Huntsville, Madison City and Madison County announced they would all start the school year online late last month.

Frame told us she knows it'll be a struggle some days, but she is happy to know there will be a mix of live lessons so they can have a teacher they can interact with. Everything will also be recorded in case they need to go back to it later.

“That’s one of the benefits of being at home. I have 3 kids and if they all need me and my help, I can't help them all at once, so if we have to watch the recorded lesson later, that’s fine," she said.

The school systems have sent home devices and mobile hotspots for students and parents to use, and they say they'll monitor the number of coronavirus cases before making a decision on what to do after 9 weeks is up.

This is something Frame hopes people are thankful for.

“I think that schools are gonna do what they can and I do think safety is still the main concern for everybody,” she said.

Frame told us the first two days are meet and greet days and the kids get to see who their teachers are and will learn how everything will go. She hopes other parents and teachers will have grace and patience with each other during this transition.

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