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Schools are excited to return to the classroom for the new school year

WZDX's Aiyana Willoughby spoke with teachers who say they can't wait for things to get back to normal.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Teachers have been hard at work getting their classrooms ready for the upcoming school year.

WZDX's Aiyana Willoughby spoke with a teacher from Monrovia Middle School who says he can't wait for things to get back to normal.

"To my potential students, well not potential because I've seen my schedule, so, all I can say to you is eat your Wheaties because it's going to be something," said Monrovia Middle School teacher Michael Massey. "But we're going to have fun."

Jennifer Whitt, the principal at Sparkman Middle School, says, "Well, the first thing we're going to be doing is making those connections and working with kids to build relationships so that they feel comfortable." 

A lot of planning has gone into getting classrooms safe for students, and district administrators have worked together to create the best plans for their school systems.

Students enrolled in Decatur City Schools, Jackson County Schools and Scottsboro Schools started class on Aug. 5. 

A second grade teacher at Chestnut Grove Elementary School told us how her first day of teaching went. 

"It has been really great.," Shea Kahler, said. "My kids are excited and they're happy to be here. And they're just very chatty but in the best way possible because they're s excited to be seeing all of their friends again."

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The virus can easily spread from person to person, so the CDC recommends you stay at least 6-feet apart from people not in your household. The virus is spread through respiratory droplets that are produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, breaths or talks, according to the CDC. Because of the this, the CDC recommends you wear a cloth facemask when around others and in public.

Additionally, the CDC recommends that you frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

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