COVID-19: Some Alabama school systems change schedules

Updated 11:34 AM; Today 11:33 AM

Remote learning during COVID-19
Krystal Ness’ kindergarten son participates in his virtual classroom in their Morgan County home in north Alabama.

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As COVID-19 infection rates continue rising some Alabama public schools are making changes to their plans for virtual and in-person classrooms – or a hybrid of the two – as the Christmas holiday and new year approaches. coronavirus coverage

Among the school systems announcing changes are:


As a “proactive measure” to protect the safety and health of students and employees, Bessemer City Schools announced Tuesday they will move to a blended schedule in the weeks leading up to Christmas break. “We will shift to a blended instructional model beginning Monday, December 7” until the holiday break begins Dec. 18, the system announced. At this time the system plans to return to a regular schedule after the Christmas holiday break.

Madison County. The school system’s roughly 19,000 students will move to “hybrid” teaching – some in class and some online – in December.

The Madison County changes begin Dec. 3 with students divided by last name into in-person and remote instruction. The breakdown is as follows from Dec. 3-18: Group 1 students with the last name A-K: In-person instruction: Dec. 7, 8, 14, 15; remote instruction: Dec. 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18; Group 2 students with the Last Name L – Z: In-person instruction: Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18; remote instruction: Dec. 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16

Buses will run regular schedules. Meal pickup times for remote learning days will be provided by each school, social distancing and masks are required on all campuses.

Montgomery public schools. Classes will be virtual in December starting Dec. 7 and until they break for the holidays Dec. 21. When students return Jan. 4, 2021, all classes will be virtual. Face-to-face classes will start Jan. 11 for students who have turned in commitment forms.