DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — As directed by Gov. Kay Ivey and the Alabama State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Eric Mackey, Dothan City Schools along with all K-12 public schools across the State of Alabama closed.
All public schools must implement a plan to complete the 2019-2020 school year using alternate methods of instruction as established by the State Superintendent of Education.
DCS officials will submit their 2019-2020 Academic Continuity Plan for Dothan City Schools Alabama State Department of Education on April 3.
Dothan City Schools has selected to offer a blended method of distance/virtual learning and Learning Packets.
This will begin on April 13 in order to give the teachers and staff an opportunity to plan.
In a statement, DCS officials said:
Our goal has a system is to provide students with the opportunity to practice skills already taught during the face to face part of the 2019-2020 school year. DCS will use a blended approach to include familiar online resources and hard copy materials to include answer keys. During the transition into the alternate route of learning, Dothan City School teachers will be tasked with contacting every parent of every child in our district via phone call to determine home resources for online learning, personal preference for online versus hard copy resources and the ability for an adult or sibling to assist with assignments. Each of our Dothan City Schools will organize hard copy resources to distribute to students for the remainder of the year. It is important that our parents and students continue to communicate with their school during this time. Dothan City Schools will continue to provide students continuity with opportunities to practice skills and strategies learned during this school year. Practice materials will support the retention of skills and strategies while being away from the traditional classroom. In addition to our general education teachers, we are ensuring our children are still in contact with their guidance counselors, English language teachers as well as our special education teachers. Each child wherever they are will continue to be supported by our DCS team.
DCS’s Child Nutrition Program will also continue to offer curbside meal service for lunch at selected locations across the district.
Bagged lunches and snacks will be provided for children aged 18 and under as officials continue to offer these meals regardless of a child’s school or district.
The program will continue until the last day of the school year on June 5 and will not operate on school holidays.
For the remainder of the year, Dothan City Schools has established a website dedicated solely to offering resources for families.
The website can be found here.