Huntsville City Schools will start the new school year on Aug. 17 with at least nine weeks of virtual learning only.
The announcement was made in a joint news conference with all three Madison County school districts on July 22.
After the nine weeks, parents may have the option to continue an all virtual learning program or have their students go back to the classroom. Everyone who is at the physical school would have to wear a mask, with some exceptions.
If students return to traditional school, parents would be asked to conduct morning health checks on their students to see if they're presenting with any symptoms of coronavirus, and the teachers would be asked to do the same.
If a student or teacher tested positive for coronavirus, the principal of that school would notify everyone connected to it: teachers, parents, students, as well as the Alabama Department of Public Health.
After that, the school, with the guidance of ADPH, would decide whether they need to close down just that part of the school in which the student or staff member was interacting, and could've possibly spread the virus, or they could make the decision to close down the entire school.
You can read the plans released by the district about the upcoming year below. Find more information on the July 22 update about virtual learning here.