Albertville City Schools released its finalized plan for the 2020-2021 school year. (en español)
"I want them to have a good year. Kids need that, they need to go into school and learn and have fun. That’s what school is about," said Kindra Sims, who has two students who will be attending Albertville City Schools.
Students will return to school in a staggered schedule beginning Aug. 24. The district says staggered entry dates will be Aug. 24, 25 and 26 and Aug. 27 being the first day for all students.
Sims says she has no problem sending her kids back to the classroom and has explained to them that things will be different this year.
"You probably won’t get to hug your friends and that’s kind of sad to them, but we are learning. We are adjusting, but we are going to make it as normal as possible," said Sims.
Students will have the option to enroll in traditional or virtual school. Traditional students have the option to transition to remote learning if necessary.
Superintendent Dr. Boyd English says whatever choice the parent makes for their student, they will have to be enrolled in that option for at least one semester.
But, there will be exceptions to fit the student's best interest.
"We are going to have that semester rule to make sure that we can guarantee some consistency for our students," said English.
He says school cafeterias will be operating at 50 percent capacity or less for breakfast and lunch.
English says he realizes parents may be concerned about the attendance policy. The district added an additional absence category for coronavirus and is working with the board of education to come up with the best solution.
"We need them at school, but we need them at school well. We don’t need them at school sick," said English.
Sims agrees: "They are going to go. I want them to be in school."