New guidelines for extracurricular activities

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HENRY COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — A new school year means new guidelines for extracurricular activities.

As the COVID-19 Delta variant cases rise, Henry County school officials prepare for their students. This means football, after-school clubs, band, and more are back in session. However, Houston County Superintendent, Lori Beasley’s goal is normalcy for kids.

“Our students can look forward to hopefully being able to start back with football in August and you know the different activities that we have in the fall,” Beasley said. “We want to be as normal as possible.”

As more COVID cases appear in Henry County, Beasley plans to monitor the situation closely. Their goal is to have schools be as normal as possible and have activities resume as well.

While masks aren’t required, they’ll be encouraged.

“It will always be that we’re monitoring COVID and what it looks like right now,” Beasley said.

Constant cleaning of classrooms and frequent hand washing will be done. This week’s band practice kicked off by following the same protocol and more.

“I wanna make sure my kids are spread out, I wanna make sure they’re safe as far as being spread apart at rehearsals,” Abbeville High School Band Director, Wesley Higginbotham said.

Similar rules will be followed for football practices and other clubs. They look forward to the new school year and seeing students face-to-face again.

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