DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — With school starting in just a few weeks, Dothan City Schools has released their back-to-school plans for the 2021-2022 school year, after delaying it for some time.
The plans are a combination of different points from many entities including the CDC and the Alabama Department of Public Health.
But, the number one concern from parents and children is: Are masks required?
“We will be strongly encouraging the use of masks,” Dothan City Schools Superintendent, Dennis Coe said. “We certainly recognize that the most effective strategy that exists today are for individuals 12 and above to get vaccinated.”
Although masks are not required in school, they will be required on school buses, per the Federal Department of Transportation regulations.
DCS is also planning to follow the CDC’s cleaning guidelines as well as updating over $20 million worth of HVAC systems throughout the district.
“All the systems we are replacing have air-filtering mechanisms in place to help us purify the air and also help mitigate the spread of the virus in schools,” Coe said.
For parents not comfortable with their children going to in-person school, the Dothan City Virtual School will be available for grades 7-12 as well as offering programs based on individual needs for grades K-6.
For more information, you can visit Dothan City Schools.