HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - Many students are returning to school all across the Tennessee Valley following the holiday break.
As COVID-19 numbers are rising in the area, so are concerns about how schools will continue to handle the pandemic. Three in five people being tested for COVID-19 in Morgan County are testing positive.
Many schools, including Decatur City Schools, will continue learning online the first week back.
Morgan County School students who are not learning fully virtual will return to their normal school schedule starting Tuesday, Jan. 5.
Deputy Superintendent Lee Willis tells me it will be back to business similar to the fall.
Students will be in the classroom every day but Wednesday, which is set aside for extra sanitizing inside the buildings.
The biggest concern is staffing numbers in facilities so that they can keep their students learning in-person.
There are currently 13 students and staff who have tested positive for COVID, but Willis expects that number to rise following the holidays.
“In the community at large itself the numbers are up. We know that’s going to be a real issue and something we have to address moving forward,” Willis said.
Willis says they are prepared for any measures that need to be taken in case numbers rise significantly.
“What we do ask is if your child is sick or if you’re sick please do not come to school to help us mitigate the spread of the virus the best we can,” Willis said.
There is a place on the school district website where parents can track current positive cases.
Willis hopes school staff will be able to receive a vaccine soon in order to get the school schedule back to normal as quickly as possible.