Lauderdale County superintendent says split schedule is best to keep students safe

Students will go back to school August 24th.

Posted: Aug 4, 2020 4:11 PM
Updated: Aug 4, 2020 9:38 PM

The Lauderdale County School district said it's not seeing the coronavirus on a steady downward trend in the Shoals and that's one of the reasons it chose to keep students in small numbers.

Students will be split up into Group A and Group B. Group A will go to traditional classes on Mondays and Tuesdays. No students will be on campus on Wednesdays. Then Group B will go to traditional school on Thursdays and Fridays.

Lauderdale County Superintendent Jon Hatton said his goal is to have less than 50% of the student body on campus because this helps them to have smaller class sizes and allows students to social distance, too.

"Right around 20% have chosen to go virtual completely. So the numbers will be lower within the 50%," said Hatton.

Hatton said he wasn't surprised so many parents have chosen the virtual route with coronavirus numbers rising in the Shoals.

"It's a very serious matter that related to the safety of our students and we needed to afford our parents the opportunity in the virtual realm and were glad to do that," said Hatton.

The district said they are buying portable WiFi jet packs because what might work on one end of the county won't work on the other. Families who need it will get the WiFi jet packs.

"Some of the rural communities in Anderson and Waterloo, we have to have a variety of those because some won't work in some locations," said Hatton.

Hatton said with students split up into two groups with each going to traditional school two days a week will last for the first four weeks of school. He said this model takes their buses from full capacity to about 30 students per bus.

"With groups A and B not going to school the same days we felt like this was the safest model for our school system," said Hatton.

Each school is working on putting students in group A or group B. Parents will find out that information once the individual schools have those lists. Siblings will be in the same groups.

Huntsville
Overcast
67° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 61°
Feels Like: 67°
Florence
Overcast
69° wxIcon
Hi: 74° Lo: 63°
Feels Like: 69°
Fayetteville
Overcast
70° wxIcon
Hi: 73° Lo: 60°
Feels Like: 70°
Decatur
Overcast
67° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 61°
Feels Like: 67°
Scottsboro
Overcast
68° wxIcon
Hi: 73° Lo: 61°
Feels Like: 68°
WAAY Radar
WAAY WAAY-TV Cam
WAAY Temperatures

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 134231

Reported Deaths: 2357
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson19441349
Mobile13271291
Montgomery8778179
Madison775480
Tuscaloosa7496119
Shelby584951
Lee582961
Baldwin516550
Marshall390944
Calhoun346641
Etowah342047
Morgan325428
Houston278123
Elmore263247
DeKalb239120
Walker228483
St. Clair227837
Talladega212728
Limestone206120
Cullman188519
Dallas177426
Franklin175529
Russell17442
Autauga173825
Lauderdale168233
Colbert163626
Blount159415
Escambia158425
Jackson154611
Chilton153531
Dale135444
Covington134427
Coffee13078
Pike11879
Chambers115142
Tallapoosa114685
Clarke107717
Marion95729
Butler91339
Barbour8577
Winston73712
Marengo70820
Lowndes65327
Pickens65114
Bibb64210
Randolph63713
Hale62828
Lawrence60922
Geneva5995
Bullock59814
Cherokee59115
Monroe5818
Clay5707
Washington55613
Perry5407
Conecuh53111
Crenshaw53132
Wilcox53111
Henry4865
Macon48020
Fayette4438
Sumter43419
Lamar3632
Choctaw34612
Cleburne3396
Greene30315
Coosa1673
Out of AL00
Unassigned00

Tennessee Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 187690

Reported Deaths: 2312
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Shelby30460452
Davidson26252298
Hamilton928791
Knox918175
Rutherford915088
Williamson516536
Sumner475896
Wilson341844
Putnam320139
Montgomery302244
Out of TN296825
Unassigned29145
Bradley289317
Madison280061
Sevier257015
Blount247723
Maury230923
Washington223935
Robertson219035
Sullivan212133
Hamblen188525
Tipton178118
Trousdale16517
Gibson160922
Hardeman154826
Wayne14905
Bedford132017
Dyer131813
Dickson123515
Cumberland117518
Fayette117418
Coffee116613
Weakley115719
Anderson115312
Henderson115322
Carter114728
Obion11389
Loudon11356
Greene112943
McMinn110025
Jefferson109714
Macon103520
Warren10267
Monroe102217
Lawrence101211
Hardin100516
Lauderdale95915
Haywood95418
Franklin9518
Lake9142
Roane8724
Carroll85819
Bledsoe8494
McNairy84218
White8139
Cheatham80610
Rhea79812
Hawkins78316
Cocke7419
Marshall7415
Overton7135
Smith69810
Johnson6752
Henry6139
Chester60910
Lincoln6031
Giles58017
Hickman5585
DeKalb55213
Crockett52919
Marion5187
Decatur5037
Fentress4713
Claiborne4405
Campbell4314
Polk38210
Grainger3633
Union3471
Benton3349
Jackson3175
Morgan3113
Unicoi2831
Cannon2800
Grundy2685
Humphreys2443
Sequatchie2293
Meigs2233
Clay2205
Houston2083
Scott2072
Stewart1902
Lewis1851
Moore1641
Van Buren1600
Perry1490
Pickett1102
Hancock1063

Community Events