Marshall County schools going remote through Jan. 5 due to spike in coronavirus cases

The superintendent also has tested positive for coronavirus.

Posted: Nov 12, 2020 12:29 PM
Updated: Nov 12, 2020 6:04 PM

All Marshall County School System schools are transitioning to remote learning Friday through Jan. 5 due to the increase of coronavirus in the county.

"With the increase and as multiple students, faculty and staff members are self-isolating, Marshall County Schools will transition to remote learning beginning Friday, November 13, 2020, through January 5, 2021," Superintendent Cindy Wigley said in a Facebook post on Thursday.

Wigley announced earlier Thursday that she has tested positive for coronavirus.

"I’ve been out in the schools a lot,” Wigley told WAAY 31. “With the lack of substitutes, I … worked in two lunchrooms last week.”

Wigley said the last time she was in a school was on Friday and has not been in close contact with any students since then.

Wigley said right now, they have 25 positive cases among students, staff and faculty, with more than 300 people in quarantine.

Some parents WAAY 31 spoke with are very concerned about transitioning to remote learning for this amount of time. Wigley said she's just trying to keep her students and staff safe.

"It's killing me because he's missing all the firsts of everything," said Abby Stinson, parent.

Stinson has a son in kindergarten in Marshall County Schools. She said she was surprised the school district is transitioning to remote learning for so long.

"I'm a working single mom, so finding a sitter's not easy," said Stinson.

Wigley, who tested positive for the virus on Wednesday and has had to work as a substitute due to virus-related staffing shortages, told us the decision was not easy.

"Our district is currently finalizing professional development for teachers in the Excel Ed program. This program was purchased from audio enhancement and will provide teachers with a tool to livestream or record lessons for remote learning," said Wigley.

Wigley said all schools will be deep cleaned next week and that teachers and staff will report to campus on Nov. 30.

Read Wigley's full statement below and stay with WAAY 31 for updates:

We have been in constant communication with Marshall County EMA and local health officials concerning the increase in COVID-19 cases and county-wide hospitalizations. With the community increase in cases and as multiple students, faculty and staff members are self-isolating, Marshall County Schools will transition to remote learning beginning Friday, November 13, 2020, through January 5, 2021.

Regarding meal service pick-up, the schedule will be e-mailed to each student’s account.

As a means to continue tracking cases, if your child tests positive during the closure, please contact the school nurse. This will enable us to continue to participate in the Alabama School COVID Tracking System.

Next week all schools will be deep cleaned. Teachers and staff will report to campus on Monday, November 30, 2020. The district is finalizing professional development for teachers for the ExcelEd program. This program will provide teachers with a tool to live stream and/or record lessons for remote learning. We have also purchased Zoom for video conferencing and Edgenuity Concept Coaching for student tutoring in grades 6-12. If your child receives special services, you will be contacted on an individual basis regarding the coordination of those services.

Attached, is the October 27th update of our reopening plan. You can also access updates at www.marshallk12.org.

Thank you for your understanding of our safety efforts. We will all get through this together.

 

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