Russellville City Schools prepare for traditional start to school

Students will start school Aug. 19.

Posted: Jul 23, 2020 5:26 PM
Updated: Jul 23, 2020 6:29 PM

Russellville City Schools Superintendent Heath Grimes told WAAY 31 90% of parents surveyed by the district said they want a traditional start to school.

Grimes said his phone started ringing off the hook on Wednesday after districts in Madison County announced a virtual start for the first nine weeks of school.

"I want the message out that we plan to provide the traditional option. We want our parents to know they don't have to worry about that the traditional option is going to be here," said Grimes. "It says many of those 90% have no other choice. They know it's not going to be good at home. Their parents have to work. They don't have the devices or technology, so I feel like being in school, our parents are saying to us it's extremely important."

Grimes said he respects the decision of every school district, but he's listening to the need of parents in his district. Just this week, the state announced Russellville City Schools would get around $400,000 in additional funding for more tech devices.

"We would like to order 1,200 Chrome Books and we know that's going to be very hard pressed to get those before the beginning of school, because those are on back order, but we're looking at other options," said Grimes.

Grimes said with tech devices on back order and equipping buses and campus parking lots with WiFi will take time, time the district doesn't have with a new start date of Aug. 19.

"If we have to deploy later in the school year than we would be better situated at that point, but we think starting traditionally and even a blended model is better than virtual in most cases," said Grimes.

To prepare for a traditional start, the district has cut down on the number of kids on a school bus by doubling its routes. The buses will run one route at 7:15 a.m. and drop those students off, then disinfect the buses and pick up the second group of students and drop them off by 8:15 a.m.

The school system has ordered disinfecting fog machines, cleaning chemicals and hand sanitizer stands for classrooms.

Huntsville/Redstone
Mostly Cloudy
45° wxIcon
Hi: 50° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 42°
Muscle Shoals
Partly Cloudy
45° wxIcon
Hi: 52° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 40°
Huntsville/Madison
Cloudy
42° wxIcon
Hi: 50° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 38°
Decatur
Partly Cloudy
45° wxIcon
Hi: 52° Lo: 38°
Feels Like: 41°
Fort Payne
Cloudy
44° wxIcon
Hi: 50° Lo: 36°
Feels Like: 44°
WAAY Radar
WAAY WAAY-TV Cam
WAAY Temperatures

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 420681

Reported Deaths: 6119
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson61755921
Mobile30058548
Madison26852186
Tuscaloosa20652266
Montgomery18876305
Shelby18421114
Baldwin16176182
Lee12393101
Morgan12175113
Etowah11687168
Calhoun11078200
Marshall10158107
Houston8556148
Cullman7999105
Limestone796274
Elmore7783101
DeKalb767197
Lauderdale752883
St. Clair7502120
Talladega6145108
Walker5880174
Jackson578841
Colbert529873
Blount529283
Autauga515455
Coffee438156
Dale394381
Franklin365248
Chilton335365
Covington326968
Russell326810
Escambia316142
Dallas302896
Chambers281869
Clarke279633
Tallapoosa2607107
Pike247629
Marion244650
Lawrence242547
Winston225535
Bibb214447
Geneva199535
Marengo197829
Pickens196231
Hale175442
Barbour172336
Butler168458
Fayette167126
Cherokee160030
Henry152721
Monroe145017
Randolph138835
Washington137026
Clay126145
Crenshaw118644
Lamar117519
Cleburne117223
Macon114335
Lowndes109535
Wilcox102621
Bullock98728
Perry96919
Conecuh94220
Sumter88826
Greene75723
Coosa60515
Choctaw51224
Out of AL00
Unassigned00

Tennessee Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 680847

Reported Deaths: 8355
CountyCasesDeaths
Shelby757471115
Davidson70180656
Knox38327390
Hamilton34288326
Rutherford32907282
Unassigned22485127
Williamson21226138
Sumner18067229
Out of TN1593479
Wilson14327154
Montgomery14229148
Sullivan12473210
Washington11818191
Blount11784123
Maury10903123
Bradley1066290
Sevier10406108
Putnam9896136
Madison9031178
Robertson757085
Hamblen6910109
Anderson6723102
Greene6548108
Tipton616265
Gibson5594111
Coffee557281
Cumberland535272
Dickson532677
Bedford530386
Roane515078
Carter5074112
Lawrence506369
McMinn503273
Warren496253
Loudon490750
Dyer471582
Jefferson470575
Monroe452162
Hawkins441768
Franklin407958
Obion398978
Fayette391751
Rhea379156
Lincoln376144
Cocke341256
Marshall340336
Weakley338248
Cheatham333529
Henderson331656
Campbell319740
Giles319371
White308543
Hardeman307652
Carroll306159
Hardin296047
Lauderdale292831
Macon287050
Wayne260019
Henry259158
Overton251342
DeKalb241241
Haywood238545
McNairy236842
Smith230027
Trousdale228614
Marion226631
Scott223631
Hickman221734
Fentress212331
Grainger207235
Claiborne205522
Johnson201232
Morgan187114
Crockett180038
Bledsoe173210
Chester172237
Unicoi165943
Cannon156619
Lake154519
Decatur146426
Polk141817
Grundy139120
Union137721
Sequatchie135618
Humphreys132017
Benton131935
Lewis127220
Meigs113316
Stewart104320
Jackson103421
Perry94525
Clay93426
Houston93322
Moore7949
Pickett67419
Van Buren6567
Hancock4026

Community Events