Education

  Madison City School students start virtual learning

Madison City Schools Superintendent Dr. Ed Nichols said they’re prepared for these first few days to be a little rough with technical difficulties and the learning curve of a new system.

  UNA students moving in Sunday

  Colbert County updates school opening plans with staggered opening

  Madison County Public Schools could return to in-person learning before the end of the first nine-weeks

  Jackson County Schools starting back today

West Morgan High renovation begins soon

  EXCLUSIVE: Inside look at Decatur City Schools virtual learning portal

Continued Coverage

UAH gets $1.1M grant to lead drone disaster preparedness research

  Athens City Schools facing delay in new technology for upcoming school year

  Autism Society of Alabama provides resources and supplies to parents and teachers

  DeKalb County Schools make preparations to reopen schools

  Fort Payne City Schools receive new electric school buses

  UNA changes visitation policy for residence halls

Albertville City School system pushes back start date one week

On Wednesday morning, the school board approved a revision to the 2020-2021 calendar that puts the first day of class at August 24th. Previously, it was the 17th.

  Local Alabama freshman prepares to start school during COVID-19 pandemic

UAB and ADPH are working to prevent any school stoppages though, with their new app GuideSafe.

  Alabama provides safety guidelines for if someone is sick at school

ADPH encouraged schools to have seating charts for school buses and inside classrooms. That seating chart would then be sent to ADPH to help contact trace.

  Fayetteville High Principal gets creative to help teacher feel safe

For some teachers, like Mrs. Tiffany Roberts at Fayetteville High School, the possibility of getting COVID-19 is even more dangerous than usual.

  Pilot program brings STEM educators to Alabama

  Jackson County Schools make preparations to start school on Aug. 7

  New teletherapy program to help Huntsville special education students

  Start date pushed back for Guntersville City Schools

  Alabama rushes to get internet access to students before school year starts

  First day of school for students in Lincoln County

Huntsville City Schools to pay less for school resource officers

Since students weren’t in the buildings, school resource officers weren’t patrolling halls.

  Opening guidelines released for Florence City Schools

Opening guidelines released for Florence City Schools

  Schools in need of substitute teachers before start of the year

For in-person learning this upcoming school year, substitute teachers may play a crucial role.

  Drake State offering virtual learning, limited in-person classes

There will be online classes and hands-on training when Drake State Community & Technical College opens in the fall.

  Considering homeschool? Here’s what you need to know

As more parents choose to take full control of their child’s education, WBRC is digging deeper into state homeschooling requirements.

  Attorney shares advice, resources for parents facing uncertain school year

Many want to know what this upcoming school year will look like and what rights their children have as they navigate uncharted territory.

  Area AEA director reacts to AEA survey

Area AEA director reacts to AEA survey

  Nurses at Morgan County Schools prepare for return to classroom

Brenda Caudle is the Director of Health Services for Morgan County Schools, she said her and her nurses are ready to go.

  Fayetteville private school sees enrollment surge for Fall 2020

Riverside Christian Academy offers in-person and virtual classes for Fall 2020. Parents consider crossing state line.

  Limestone County school officials talk about the new school year

Limestone County school officials announced classes will begin in person on Aug. 7.

State school leaders to discuss special education services

The Special Education Advisory Panel and the Alabama Education Association will meet virtually Wednesday morning.

  Colbert County school leaders trying to bridge the digital divide

Technology and Wi-Fi in rural counties aren’t as accessible for a lot of families.

$20M gift is largest in Tuskegee University’s nearly 140-year history

The gift, an unrestricted donation, will go toward building the private HBCU’s reputation as one of the nation’s leading institutions of higher education, President Lily McNair said.

AEA: 65% of surveyed members ‘very uncomfortable’ with returning to classroom

The Alabama Education Association is releasing the findings of a survey it recently conducted about possibly reopening schools amid the pandemic.

  Madison County and Huntsville City Schools partner with Wellstone to support student health

Madison County Schools and Huntsville City Schools are partnering with Wellstone Behavioral Health to provide teletherapy now that schools are going remote for the start of the school year.

State conducting parent survey on internet access

State school leaders are trying to collect data on technology access across the state as they prepare for the upcoming school year.

  Sparkman High School sky bridge completed

Employees will be seeing $20 million worth of improvements. Some of the money was spent to build the Sky bridge, that now connects the 9th grade wing to the rest of the school.

  Huntsville City Schools will offer face-to-face therapy services for special education students

HCS special education students will continue to receive their related services.

Program offering $5,000 for more Black men to teach

There’s a new effort to get more Black men in the classroom.

State Superintendent says “uncertainty” is biggest concern for upcoming school year

We're less than a month from a new school year and whether classes take place in person or online, there's a lot of concern from parents, students and teachers.

Sideline: How school districts are keeping players, fans safe during upcoming football season

High school football this year will be more than just X's and O's. The game within the game could be how schools plan to keep things clean for players and fans.

  ‘Anything to keep him safe': Florence mom concerned about school year

Florence mother concerned about upcoming school year

  Students with special needs may have to make more adjustments this fall

Many schools are still trying to iron out the kinks of how they will accommodate students with special needs.

  Remote learning predicted for half of Alabama’s students this fall

Alabama Superintendent of Education Eric Mackey made the estimate during a news conference Friday.

  Principal advises what to include on your back-to-school shopping list

And as families start thinking about back to school shopping, there are some items you may not have considered.

  Marshall County Schools announce reopening plans, new technology devices

They will also have high-tech support to help assist them.

  Multiple north Alabama schools opening with in-person learning this fall

Multiple school systems released a joint statement on the reopening plans for the 2020-2021 school year.

  Lincoln County and Fayetteville City Schools give parents options for the fall

Both school districts plan to open its doors to students while also providing virtual options.

  A roadmap to reopening schools in northwest Alabama

A roadmap to reopening schools in northwest Alabama

  Madison Cross Roads Elementary to provide all needed school supplies for students

Madison Cross Roads Elementary to provide all needed school supplies for students

  Teachers rally across the state for virtual classes

"Alabama Teachers Against COVID-19" plans to demonstrate in Montgomery in front of the state Capitol.

  Madison County schools prepare for remote learning

After much deliberation, students in all three school districts throughout Madison County will start school online for the first nine weeks.

  Some changes coming to school lunches

With so many different schooling options for the fall, how your child receives a lunch could also be changing.

  Working parents in Madison Co. stressed about virtual learning

We talked to two single mothers with school aged children about the Madison County districts going virtual.

  Lawmaker makes appeal for governor to do more for rural school systems to safely open

State Senator Bobby Singleton says a revised plan submitted to the governor fails to address how all schools can open under equal conditions.

  Remote learning vs. signing up for a virtual academy

What is the difference between remote learning and the virtual academy?

  Keeping students engaged during remote learning

Educators are in the process of being trained to teach online.

  Alabama schools seek substitutes, fear shortage due to pandemic

Many Alabama school districts are concerned that there will not be enough substitute teachers for the upcoming school year.

  Athens City Schools: July 24 deadline for choice of traditional, remote instruction

Time is running out for Athens parents to decide

  Decatur mom sees growth in homeschool community

She said she has several parents reach out to her every week with questions about homeschooling.

  Decatur students will have 3 learning options this fall

The Decatur city school system is offering three options in its re-opening plan.

  Athens City Schools changes student absence policy in light of pandemic

Students will have to be fever-free for 72 hours without the aid of medication before returning to school.

  AAMU helping students with technology access

As part of the CARES federal aid package, the university is purchasing smart devices for full-time, undergraduate students beginning this fall.

Northeast Alabama Community College announces Fall 2020 plan

Northeast Alabama Community College announced its reopening plans for the fall semester.

  Gov. Ivey allocates $170M to help reopen schools amid pandemic

Monday, we learned about millions in state dollars to help schools reopen. $170 million to be exact.

  Jackson County school superintendent discusses internet challenges in rural areas

But school leaders are concerned about students' access to internet in rural areas.

  Ala. teachers group wants schools to stay virtual until virus numbers decrease

The group's founder says there are too many unanswered questions about testing, quarantines, who is at risk, and availability of substitutes.

Gov. Ivey awards $170 million to support health care, remote learning in Ala. public schools

Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded $170 million to help support health care and remote learning in Alabama’s public schools.

Back-to-school sales tax holiday this weekend

Shoppers will not be charged the state’s 4% sales or use tax for certain items.

  Reopening plan revealed for Madison City Schools

There will be in-school learning or virtual learning.

Deadline extended for remote learning enrollment at Madison County Schools

The new enrollment deadline is July 24..

  North Alabama leaders comfortable sending children back to school but some parents are wary to rush

In Alabama, the Department of Education said reopening schools should be decided locally.

  Athens City Schools releases reopening plan

The Roadmap to Reopening plan was presented to and approved by the school board.

  Enrollment deadline extended for Huntsville Virtual Academy

The new deadline to enroll is 4 p.m. July 24.

Alabama Community College System announces reopening plans

The Alabama Community College System announced its plans for reopening its 24 campuses statewide ahead of the Fall 2020 semester.

  State Superintendent Mackey to submit revised school plan

State Superintendent Mackey to submit revised school plan

  School supplies to buy this tax-free weekend

School supplies to buy this tax-free weekend

  Madison County Schools helping students access technology

Wi-Fi will be installed on 90 buses to fan out throughout the county to areas with the most need for internet access.