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Sparkman Middle School temporarily returns to 100% remote learning

COVID-19 concerns prompt temporary return to 100% remote learning for about 825 students.

HARVEST, Ala. — Sparkman Middle School joins Harvest Elementary and other area schools in a temporary return to remote learning due to COVID-19 concerns.

Madison County Schools Superintendent Mr. Allen Perkins released a statement explaining the district's decision:

"Sparkman Middle School, in the Madison County School System, will temporarily transition to 100% remote learning due to COVID-19. The school has roughly 825 students in grades 6, 7 & 8. 

"After assessing a number of variables within the school, the decision was made for student and staff safety to transition to remote learning. All students will move to remote learning beginning Monday, November 16, 2020, through Monday,November 23, 2020. Students will return to face-to-face instruction on Monday, November 30, 2020 ,following our Thanksgiving Break. 

"Parents, however, are welcome to check out their students if they wish to do so and the students will not be counted absent. Remote instruction will be provided through Google Classroom and SchoolsPLP. Teachers will also beavailable throughout the day (8:30-3:30) to help students with their work via email and Google Meet.Google Meetings will also be scheduled for students to receive direct instruction and live help.

"The school will serve curbside meals from 10:45AM- 11:45AM at the school for students during the remote learning period."

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Sparkman's decision follows a temporary return by Harvest Elementary School to 100% remote learning.

All Marshall County Schools have returned to remote learning until January 5, 2021, citing concerns about COVID-19.

Four Huntsville City Schools are also temporarily moving to 100% remote learning.

Earlier this fall, three Huntsville City Schools high schools made a brief return to remote learning. Rogers School in Lauderdale County also made a 10-day return to remote learning.