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State superintendent announces in-person instruction will move forward; students have option of remote learning


MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Public schools in Alabama will open for the 2020-21 school year.

State Superintendent Eric Mackey made the announcement this morning.

Mackey said superintendents statewide will have power at the local level regarding their schools. He explained every school across the state will look different based on different factors, especially the spread of Covid-19.

“Students should not expect things to be completely back to normal,” said Mackey. “This will be the most difficult school year we have ever faced.”

Distance learning opportunities will be available across the state for students ranging from Pre-K to 12th grade as Sylacauga City Schools Superintendent Dr. Jon Segars has already explained earlier this week to

There is also a blended option where students will do both. Mackey said there will be times where students will have to go home. Inevitably, some students will test positive, and have to engage in learning from home.

View the parent’s guide for the start of the school year below:

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Sports and extracurricular activities will also return. The state BOE and the Alabama High School Athletic Association are working closely together for a safe return. “We need to minimize the risk of disease any way we can,” said state health officer Scott Harris.

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