HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - Students at Decatur City Schools returned to class today following the holiday break, but virtually.
This decision comes due to the rising COVID case numbers in Morgan County.
Administrators made the decision to return from the break with online classes before Christmas.
They say they expected a spike in cases.
Decatur City Schools Deputy Superintendent Dwight Satterfield says they anticipated people would be in quarantine right now following the holiday season.
Satterfield says the community response to this has been much like the response to COVID in general - with some people happy about the decision, and some seeing it as unnecessary.
In-person classes are set to resume Jan. 13, but that is right around the time health care professionals expect a surge in cases from the holidays.
Satterfield says they are prepared to take other measures.
“We have contingency plans moving forward for a variety of different things,” Satterfield said.
Some Decatur City School nurses actually received the first dose of a vaccine in preparation to resume in-person classes.
Satterfield says there is a plan to send parents a weekly release with the number of current positive cases among students and staff.
“We monitor it daily and move forward but our plan right now is to return on the thirteenth but again, we assess our numbers and see where we are,” Satterfield said.