ABBEVILLE, Ala. (WDHN) — Although COVID is showing no signs of backing off, the school year is right around the corner, and Henry County Schools will be welcoming its students back with open arms.
“The first day of school for students will be August 21st and we’re looking forward I know the teachers looking forward to seeing the students and the students looking forward to seeing the teacher and students are looking forward to seeing other students,” Henry County Schools Superintendent Chris Padget said.
With school beginning in a pandemic, there will be quite a few changes in the school year for students.
“Students who ride a bus will go directly to the room, we used to have a waiting area but we’re gonna do away with that. When the teachers get there they’re gonna go to the room and the students gonna go directly to that teacher’s room,” Padget said.
Henry County Schools Superintendent says when students enter their school you can expect hand sanitizer dispensers to help prevent or avoid the spread of sickness. Teachers will also be going through professional development a few days before the start of school which they will be taught how to disinfest their room.
If parents are not comfortable sending their child to school next month, the school system is offering virtual learning.
“The state is giving us the Scholastic base front and we have Schoolsplp which is the curriculum and I think axis is gonna be in the scholastic program too. This is gonna be a little different than what they experienced in the spring we basically did hard copies and grades were given as far as the third nine weeks or if they were semester first semester and third nine weeks,” Padget said.
Virtual students will have to get up with their principal to take tests during after school hours. As of now, extracurricular activities are still on pace to take place with social distancing guidelines in effect.