Dothan City Schools to delay opening, offer dual instruction in new plan

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Dothan City Schools will be offering different instruction options for students and their families, according to its new fall reopening plan.

The school system formed its plan on June 26, using guidance from State Superintendent Eric Mackey.

In this plan, DCS will give parents a chance to choose between traditional and remote instruction.

“Parents can send their children to school in the traditional model, or parents may choose to keep their children at home and participate in remote/virtual instruction,” a DCS release states. “If parents choose the remote/virtual approach, students will be enrolled from the beginning of school to the end of the first nine (9) weeks. At that time, they can continue virtual or reenter traditional schools.”

The school system’s intent is to restart school in a traditional manner but to keep its plans flexible as the pandemic changes in terms of cases and government orders.

Aside from the learning options, DCS also announced that it will be starting a week later than first expected. Teachers will return to school on Aug. 11, and students will come back on Aug. 17.

“We appreciate the patience and cooperation of our families and stakeholders as our leadership and educators work together to provide an instructional connection between our schools and our students,” the release states.

Parents can also see their children’s learning options by visiting www.dothan.k12.al.us/reopening.


Watch the full statement from Superintendent Phyllis Edwards here.

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