“We just look forward to a new school year,” DCS officials on changes amid COVID

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Dothan City School are set to resume classes August 16th and will have several changes.

In four weeks kids will be back hitting the books and back in the classroom. As the delta variant ramps cases back up, the school year will be different with new masks requirements.

“We are, you know hopeful that we can have somewhat of a normal school year, I know the COVID cases are still on the climb,” Superintendent Dennis Coe said.

DCS won’t require their students to wear mask, but encourage them. It’s vaccinations that Coe is stressing individuals get to keep the kids safe.

“Research shows today that of all of the positive cases that we’re seeing right now roughly all the positive cases that we’re seeing right now roughly 97% of those cases are from individuals who haven’t had the vaccine.”

A new report from the Alabama Department of Public Health.

“It would go back to the quarantine rules for those who have been vaccinated compared to those who haven’t been vaccinated that’s the biggest difference. “

Now, if a child gets COVID and is vaccinated they don’t have to quarantine. Additionally, principals told WDHN they plan on showing support to their teachers with the nationwide shortage still effecting them.

“I believe supporting and also enriching and showing some sort of appreciation for the teachers that we have,” Morris Slinghuff Elementary School principal Darius McKay said.

While DCS is still a tad understaffed, Coe explained, it’s nothing other school systems and industries throughout the country aren’t going through.

Despite all the changes parents and students will see, DCS looks forward to the new school year.

“I’m excited about seeing them return and hopefully again hopefully have a normal school year. “

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