Dothan City Schools seeks input on alternate reopening plans as pandemic worsens

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — With Houston County continuing to be a very high risk location for COVID-19, Dothan City Schools is considering changing its plans for reopening in the fall.

“Because our area has become severely impacted by the virus, that significantly influences how we may look at our previously released ReOpening plans and possibly add new additions to our proposed plans from State Guidance,” Superintendent Phyllis Edwards wrote in an online statement. “We want to do all that is asked of us and all that will make schools as safe as possible. However, these new additions and requirements will take time. Our date to start school is barely three weeks away.”

Currently, there are four options DCS has proposed to solve the problem. These include:

  • Opening on Aug. 17 as planned, permitting students to come to school traditionally or choose virtual education.
  • Delay the opening of school for a few more weeks, until after Labor Day, giving time for the area to calm down in terms of its COVID-19 infections. It will also allow the system more time to “install and implement the new requirements and receive and install the multitude of safety and cleaning equipment.”
  • Open school on Aug. 17 for virtual education only until the pandemic calms down
  • Open school on Aug. 17 but only allowing a half of each school’s students to attend school on Monday and Tuesday and the other half to come to school on Wednesday and Thursday. Friday would be for deep cleaning and online students.

“This is certainly not ideal and not where I hoped we would be, but schools are a large part of the entire community and safety must come first,” Edwards wrote.

DCS wants to know what parents, guardians, staff members, and teachers think. As such, you can complete a survey that will close in one week to give your feedback.

You can find the link to that survey here.

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