OZARK, Ala. (WDHN) — Governor Ivey announced a hope to have all students back in the classroom by the beginning of 2021. For some, this is easier said than done but for many this has always been the plan.
Ozark City Schools have been in line with Governor Ivey’s encouragement since fall semester began, hoping to regain some sort of normalcy during a quite unique year.
But, as with many school districts, they had to temporarily change to virtual learning after COVID-19 scares. They hope to not have to make that choice in 2021.
“We would hope not but I have learned in this business to never say never,” Superintendent Dr. Rick McInturf said. “We have experienced the stresses and the difficulties with positive tests just like every other school system.”
McInturf explained that students and staff want to be back in school and are taking the precautions necessary to keep them there, so he expects for them to be able to fulfill the governor’s hopes.
“As long as we can continue to have staff, that’s bus drivers, and cafeteria workers and custodians and not to mention teachers, we will continue the face to face instruction as long as we possibly can,” He said.
Mcinturf did express that students wishing to continue remote learning will be allowed to do so but that the schools are taking every precaution to keep students, faculty, and staff safe.
“We firmly believe that we have some of the safest environments with regard to COVID that can exist,” McInturf said. “Now again, never say never you know things happen. But there is a lot of effort being put into the safety and security of our children.”