Shelby County Schools releases statement on reopening

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Shelby County Schools recently received guidance from the Alabama Department of Education regarding the “Roadmap to Reopening Alabama Schools.” The district is currently analyzing the state’s recommended roadmap in order to formulate a solid re-entry plan for local schools.

“Our leaders and school administrators are working together to determine the framework that will work best for our school district,” said Superintendent of Education Dr. Lewis Brooks. “Our commitment to our stakeholders is to create a plan that not only safely allows students and teachers to return to school campuses but also gives a remote learning option for those who are still concerned about the on-going health crisis.”

Shelby County Schools also recently surveyed parents to determine their comfort level in sending their children to school in the fall as well as how many would be interested in a remote learning option. To date, the survey has received 12,750 responses.

Of those responses, 59.3 percent indicated their child would return to a traditional school campus for the 2020-2021 school year, 8.6 percent expressed an interest in remote learning, while 31.6 percent responded that they need additional information in order to make a decision. Less than one percent (0.5) indicated their children would not be returning schools within the school district due to relocation or plans to homeschool.

Recognizing that there is a large percentage of parents awaiting additional information, Shelby County Schools will provide a comprehensive update in July with more specific details once our back-to-school re-entry plan is complete.

“Thank you for your support as we strive to create and maintain a healthy environment for students, employees, and all who visit our schools,” Brooks said.