Gov. Kay Ivey announced that Alabama public schools will be closed for the rest of the current school year.
Schools will provide instruction from home starting April 6, the end of the current coronavirus school shutdown period.
Ivey said the state is working to find solutions for students in homes without internet access.
State officials said schools will offer take-home learning packets from teachers.
Alabama Public Television will be broadcasting some courses on its television stations.
The end of the current school year now will be June 5, but schools that finish instruction before then will be able to end their school year earlier.
Statement from Decatur City Schools Superintendent Michael Douglas:
In response to the Governor’s press conference where face-to-face instruction has been suspended for the year, although we are saddened by the news, we are delighted that Alabama schools will be allowed to continue distance learning for the remainder of this school year. This will allow our teachers to cover the remaining standards, and it will remove the optional component that came with the mandated school closure. This is an unprecedented situation, and the health and safety of our community is paramount.
Decatur City Schools has the capability with assistance from our community to provide a high caliber and flexible academic online / distance education program. We hope you have seen over the last two weeks that our teachers and administrators are not only passionate but also deeply committed to our students.
We have been preparing for weeks for this flexible option and plan to start April 6th. We feel confident that we can cover the essential standards and finish the school year by May 21st.
Statement from Huntsville City Schools Superintendent Christie Finley:
Statement from Florence City Schools Superintendent Jimmy Shaw:
As I compose this message, Governor Ivey and State Superintendent Mackey are addressing our state on the future of the 2019-20 school year. Your principals and district leadership members met two weeks ago to put in a two-phase plan to address students learning both during a school shutdown that will last until April 3rd and the completion of the school year, which will stretch from April 6th through June 5th. We have a webinar in the morning with the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE). We will also have to submit a plan to the ALSDE that will fit their parameters for their approval.
There are many questions still left to be answered. Once we have seen the guidelines from the ALSDE and spoken with Dr. Mackey, we will layout our plan to best address student learning for Florence City Schools students.
Please look forward to hearing more information from me next week. We also know that these are tough times for many families, including our own families. We will preserver. We will take care of our children. We will support our educators and staff to be able to do all that we can to educate our students and graduate our seniors for the 2019-2020 school year.
Stay strong. Stay ready. Go Falcons!
Statement from Madison County Schools Superintendent Allen Perkins
Hello Madison County Family,
This is Allen Perkins, Superintendent of Madison County Schools. Today, Governor Ivey and State School Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey announced a new direction for Alabama Schools for the remainder of the school year due to COVID-19.
Education will continue for students in the Madison County School System, but students will not be returning to the physical classrooms. We have been planning for hybrid learning which will use both online (for those with access) and work packets (for those that need them). There are still several details to work out in the plan, but we will share that information with our students and parents as soon as possible. We are excited that our students will be able to complete this school year.
We will continue our feeding program through Friday, April 3 as planned. I will provide an update with additional information on Wednesday, April 1st.
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