DCS School Board votes to keep delayed fall start date as a backup plan

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The Dothan City School Board has voted to stay on the current calendar, but it will keep the delayed start date as a back up if needed.

This will be determined by Superintendent Phyllis Edwards and her staff as they monitor the COVID-19 situation.


DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Dothan City Schools Superintendent Dr. Phyllis Edwards is set to ask the school board to push back the fall semester’s start date later in the year.

“Tonight, when we do our board meeting, I will ask the board to consider having the start date for students actually be the third week in August,” Edwards said.

Usually, DCS starts the fall semester early than the rest of the state, but Edwards said choosing to follow a “Plan B” calendar would give the school system time to prepare for the students’ return if it is needed. This was part of the guidance State Superintendent Eric Mackey gave for school systems across the state.

“He’s asking that we come to school and start school either in the third week of August or the last week of August to allow more time and that being that we’re obviously getting all kinds of materials in place, cleaning materials, personal equipment, personal protective equipment in place if we need it,” Edwards said. “There are many things we are things thinking through.”

She also said the extra time would allow them to observe the pandemic’s progress in the state if they need it. However, the plan is to have in-person classes once the fall semester returns.

The DCS board meeting is at 5:00 p.m. Monday.

In her online interview with WDHN, Edwards also discussed the success of the remote learning initiative and the school system’s plans for graduation and summer programs. You can watch her full interview below.

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