Albertville City Schools to remain virtual this week
ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - School officials at Albertville City Schools have announced students will remain on remote learning until the end of the week.
Officials say the change is due to staffing shortages due to spikes in COVID-19. Students will learn remotely from Wednesday, January 19 until Friday, January 21, according to the school.
With COVID-19 cases on the rise, many schools across the Tennessee Valley are making the transition to remote learning.
That includes Albertville City Schools, which was announced on Tuesday.
Since then, positive COVID-19 cases have doubled. Superintendent Dr. Boyd English said more than 100 students and between 75 to 8o faculty and staff are out sick.
“Looking back at our numbers last week, I felt like we were meeting our goals, and we were not to optimal levels. So, when we wrapped up last week, we were not at that point to make a decision,” said Dr. English.
Unfortunately, Dr. Boyd said as they started to track their numbers, they received reports over the weekend about the spike in cases.
“We had principals reporting as many as six teachers tested positive on Saturday and many as ten people the next day, and it was just multiplying as far as our numbers were concerned,” said Dr. English.
As a result, Dr. English said they are now challenged with staffing and teacher shortages.
Thanks to the Board of Education, Dr. English said they have 100 substitutes teachers that are picking up vacancies, which will help keep students on track.
“To our administrators, staff, teachers and nurses and everybody they are heroes, and they come to work every day, and they know the challenges that we face,” said Dr. English.
Staff and students will transition to remote learning until the end of the week.
Officials say they plan to return to normal operations on Monday, January 24. All extra-curricular activities will continue as scheduled, according to officials.
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