RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - Students in the Russellville City School district will be back in the classrooms next week.
Russellville City Schools Superintendent Heath Grimes says it’s time for everyone to get back to the classroom. He said the decision was made based on the updated, state safer at home order and guidance from the state superintendent.
“We’re being encouraged by the president, the former president, the governor, the Alabama Department of Public Health, and our state superintendent to return to in person learning,” said Grimes.
Grimes said his number one concern is the well-being and growth of students.
There have been no reported cases of COVID-19 in the last two weeks in the district.
“We can’t provide instructional support. We can’t provide social and emotional learning or mental health counseling if those students are not in school and the anxiety is only going to get worse the longer they stay out, so we just think now is the time to return to school and we want to do that as safely as possible,” said Grimes.
Grimes said virtual learning is available for students who absolutely need it.
“We still have a virtual option at the high school, nothing is changing, that’s a state required program that we’ve had in place for a long time. We will continue to have that, that’s not changing. There’s still a virtual option for those who are immuno-compromised with documentation. If we know that and there’s communication those students will still be able to be virtual,” said Grimes.
Fewer than 100 students in the district are currently in the virtual program.
Grimes said more than 60 percent of his teachers have received the first dose of the vaccine and will receive their second dose on Friday.