HOUSTON COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — The Houston County School Board made the decision Monday night to delay the start date until September 8th.
With the start date being delayed until September, some staff and parents are upset.
Superintendent David Sewell said he understands why some are angry but said some rules were changed that they needed to address.
“The state changed some rules about the program that we were going to use for our virtual, and we needed more time to train our teachers,” Houston County Schools superintendent David Sewell said. “I’m hoping our teachers will use this time to prepare.”
The program he’s referring to is Access, a program the schools have used in the past. Not much detail was given on what changed, but he said it would require more time before school was originally planned to start.
Sewell said it was difficult to make this decision because he knows people are ready to go back to school.
“They’re ready for their children to go back to school and a lot of the cases the children need to go back to school so the parents can go back to work,” Sewell said.
Ultimately, the decision was made as a safety concern.
Sewell believes that virtual learning will be apart of this school year.
“I hope I’m wrong, but I really believe that after we come back at some point we should have it because several of our employees are quarantined or have been exposed, or have tested positive,” Sewell said.