Enterprise, Ala. (WDHN)—On Wednesday, Enterprise city students returned to the classroom following “winter break”. With “high positivity” rates statewide being recorded for COVID-19 and its variants.

In one classroom at Pinedale Elementary School in Enterprise, a diversity of students either wearing masks or not.

At this time, students are encouraged to wear them but it’s not mandatory. With Wednesday being the first day
of the Spring semester, Superintendent Dr. Zel Thomas says school nurses are keeping a “close eye” on
students who may display coronavirus symptoms.

“If we have to pivot sometime in the near future to change what we’re doing because it’s not working then we’ll do that. But, I am really encouraging everybody to
do their part. Wear a mask, get vaccinated. Wear your mask properly and keep everybody safe,” according to Dr. Thomas.

Pinedale school nurse Devin Thorton says “If a student comes into my office with signs or symptoms of covid obviously I make a phone call to the parent. They are isolated from other students at that time and at that time they are given a mask to wear.”

Dr. Thomas says if coronavirus cases become a problem once again in his district schools contingency plans
are in place. Dr. Thomas says the “last resort” would be to “close” a school, or have to go online.

With more than 65-hundred students, Enterprise city is one of the largest school districts in the wiregrass.
Dr. Thomas says he along with school superintendents statewide are walking a “fine line” in offering quality education
and keeping students as healthy as possible.