HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - Will students return to their classrooms, or not? That has been the question for months amid the pandemic. For Huntsville City School students, the return is coming up.
Huntsville City Schools (HCS) officially announced plans for students not enrolled in the school district’s virtual learning program to return to school Mondays through Fridays beginning Monday, Oct. 26.
The decision was made at Thursday night’s Board of Education meeting.
Following consultation with public health professionals and local leaders, HCS says they’re joining other school systems across north Alabama in returning students on weekdays after starting the school year remotely and then bringing students back to campuses in cohorts using a staggered schedule.
District leaders also say they made the decision based o feedback of key stakeholder groups, including students, families and staff members.
According to HSC officials, numerous safety precautions will remain in place such as, requiring students and staff members to wear masks or facial coverings, practicing social distancing to the greatest extent possible, and providing disinfecting daily in classrooms.
This will impact students across all grade levels who are not enrolled in Huntsville Virtual Academy (HVA). HVA students will continue online learning. Families received the option to enroll their student in HVA in September when the district announced plans to begin phasing students back in buildings.
Students will be back just in time for the start of the second nine weeks. Until then, the district will continue to follow their current plan.