- Start dates for area schools
- What options are available for families and deadlines for choosing.
- Where to ask questions and when to expect answers.
Parents, students, teachers, and administrators spent the Spring of 2020 scrambling to finish a school year disrupted by an unprecedented worldwide pandemic. Now, as the 2020-2021 school year quickly approaches, cases are rising in North Alabama and these same people have tough choices to make, especially with so many questions about this virus still unanswered.
How does a Kindergartner wear a mask all day? If a child in the class gets sick does everyone quarantine for two weeks? Is there a safe way to hold PE classes? Will virtual school be a good option for my child who misses their friends? Will aftercare be available?
Below we’ve listed current information from area schools. While some schools have recently released their plans, others are still in the process of making decisions and we’ve noted expected release dates for that information whenever available.
NOTE: This post will be updated frequently and if you don’t see the information you are looking for, leave us details in the comments and we’ll do our best to point you in the right direction.
Huntsville City Schools
Start Date: August 17, 2020
Two Options: Huntsville Virtual Academy (deadline to sign up July 20) or Traditional Plan
Details: Families will have the option to switch from their chosen model at the end of the first semester (Winter 2020). Contingency plans are in place to switch from the traditional model to a hybrid option or a fully virtual option should virus spread continue or worsen in Huntsville/North Alabama.
Madison City Schools
Start Date: Gradual restart. Students with last names A-J on August 10th, names K-R on the 11th, names S-Z on the 12th. All students attend on the 13th of August.
Two Options: Madison City Virtual Academy (deadline to sign up July 24 at 5PM) or School-Based Learning Option
Details: Students may make changes to their learning option choices at the end of the nine weeks for PreK thru 5th Grade, and at the end of the semester for grades 6-12.
More Info: Madison City Schools Re-Entry Plan
Madison County Schools
Start Date: August 19, 2020
Three Options: Traditional Option | Virtual Learning Option | Madison County Virtual Academy (3rd – 12th Grades)
Details: In additional to the traditional and virtual options, students in grades 3-12 also have the additional option of the Madison County Virtual Academy. With this option, your student would be enrolled in MCVA rather than their home school. The program uses Odysseyware curriculum while also providing access to a high-quality teaching staff for face-to-face tutoring.
Superintendent Allen Perkins; firstname.lastname@example.org
Athens City Schools
Start Date: August 17, 2020
Two Options: Traditional Option | Remote Learning Option (deadline to sign up is July 24)
Details: Athens City Schools currently plans to use an accredited, online program, SchoolsPLP, for remote learning. Instruction is provided within this program. Athens City teachers will also interact and engage with remote students on a regular basis through Google Meets or Zoom sessions.
More Info: Athens City Schools Re-Entry Plan
Assisting Superintendent Beth Patton; email@example.com
Limestone County Schools
Start Date: August 7, 2020
Two Options: Traditional School | Virtual Academy (The first semester for virtual school begins on August 12 and ends December 18.)
More Info: Limestone County Re-Entry FAQs
Decatur City Schools
Start Date: TBD
Options: Virtual and Face to Face options will be available per video released by superintendent on July 9, 2020.
Details: July 20 is unveil date for DCS plans.
Superintendent Dr. Michael Douglas; 256-552-3000
Morgan County Schools
Start Date: TBD
Options: Virtual and Traditional options will be available.
Details: Per MCS work session on July 9, 2020 the MCS Covid Task Force will be meeting on Monday, July 13 to finalize plan and this should be finalized on July 16, 2020.
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