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All Henagar Junior High School students switch to remote learning

Published: Aug. 18, 2021 at 9:38 PM CDT
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HENAGAR, Ala. (WAFF) - All students at Henagar Junior High School will make the switch to remote learning due to increased COVID-19 exposure.

On Tuesday, School Principal Scott Timmons announced only certain groups of students will switch to remote learning. In Thursday’s update, all students will make the switch, beginning Monday, August 23.

School will start back on a regular schedule August 30.

The principal said the decision was based on protecting students and reducing the number of positive cases.

Pickup for chromebooks and paper packets will be Friday, August 20th. Times are as follows:

Kindergarten-9:00-8:30

1st-3rd- 8:30-9:00

4th-5th- 9:00-9:30

6th-8th- 9:45-10:30

Teachers will be in contact with parents and guardians concerning Google Classroom and Zoom times.

Alaina Welden has four children who attend school in the DeKalb County school system. She said she was happy to hear the news.

“I have children in the 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 6th grade, and after the third call from the school nurse about my children being exposed I was finally relieved that the school decided to go virtual just to hit the pause button and let this wave pass and then let us get back in the classroom,” said Welden.

Unlike many other parents, Welden has the opportunity to stay at home with her kids to help with the transition.

“I do know there are a lot of families that are having to juggle also and find people to help out during the school days. I know the school had called earlier, and they are sending home food, and they have a pick upline to come by and get food for the next three days, and things like that help a lot,” said Welden.

Most importantly, she said she is hopeful all students can return safely to the classroom to help them with learning and have a successful school year.

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