MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. — Morgan County Schools released their back to school plan today.
Like most other school systems in our area, Morgan County Schools is giving parents a chance to make a choice.
Will their students return to the class room? Or learn online ?
"There should be no excuse for students not to have have a quality education in Morgan County this year."
The first day of school is August 12, and students and families have 3 options:
Traditional learning, physically coming to school for classes
Remote learning, virtual schooling, where lessons are provided by Morgan County teachers.
Or virtual learning. Also online, but students are instructed by educators that aren't affiliated with Morgan County Schools.
For those who decide to take the traditional route, school will look a bit different. starting with the schedule:
"Right now it appears that students will be going in 4 days a week, they will have a virtual day on Wednesday."
Wednesdays will also be used to disinfect school facilities.
Students and staff will also have to be temperature checked each day before entering any school buildings.
Masks will be required on buses and students will sit in assigned seats the entire week, buses will be disinfected daily.
And lunch time will look different, as they eliminate the self service lunch line and distribute pre-plated/ sealed meals.
The virtual learning options have required a big learning curve for teachers, but, we're told no extra hires have been made for this year.
"We have not had to make any additional hires. We're blessed because we have faculty and staff that go above and beyond the extra mile to take care of our students .
Whichever choice parents make for their kids, they're asked to stick to it and not attempt to switch within the 9-week/ semester period.
Morgan County officials tell our reporter, based on previous surveys they expect about 30% of parents to choose virtual learning.
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