How have Dothan City/Houston county schools adjusted since reopening? Officials explain

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — With the pandemic putting many schools on hold, Dothan City and Houston County schools have made several adjustments since reopening two weeks ago.

The biggest change has been virtual learning.

Keeping students engaged has been the hardest part but virtual learning coordinator Sherry Corbitt says it is here to stay.

“What I would say to parents is that we are on day nine and I want to reassure them that our teachers are working really hard to prepare the most engaging virtual learning experience for our students,” said Corbitt.

Over in Houston County, superintendent David Sewell says their schools have been fine. Although it is something new, they have been watching their students closely.

According to Sewell, the schools are cleaned and sanitized several times throughout the day, social distancing is enforced, and masks are a requirement for everyone. However, Sewell said parents’ support is one of the biggest necessities.

“[If] parents would help encourage the students to wear a mask at all times, even when not at school, it would certainly be a benefit to keeping COVID down and keeping it out of our school system,” Sewell said.

Meanwhile, Beverlye School of Arts Principal James Williams believes the adjustments are all about how you look at it.

“The teachers, our nurses or office staff, we just all work together as far as keeping the children and staff safe,” said Williams.

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