Ozark City Schools prepares to move forward despite COVID-19 setbacks

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OZARK, Ala. (WDHN) — Carrol High School transitioned to a one week of remote learning that started on Oct. 19 after Ozark City Schools started their own contact tracing.

“We’re not having any issues related to COVID in the other schools for the most part at all,” Superintendent Dr. Rick McInturf said.

McInturf explained that all the other Ozark City Schools were doing very well with the transition back to in-class learning since being completely virtual for the better part of 2020.

The main reason behind the one-week remote learning was due to the contact tracing done by the school department, where many of the students sent home were not confirmed to be COVID-19 positive.

“So she encouraged us to identify those close contacts and quarantine those students on their own, which is why you’re also seeing those numbers escalate now because we now taking that responsibility as a school system,” McInturf said.

Besides the one week of remote learning, McInturf believed the schools are doing very well with the CDC guidelines and COVID-19 precautions.

He is so confident in the system that one school will be taking the next step.

“They will begin on Oct. 26 with a four-day program with all of their kids at D. A. Smith,” McInturf said. “I think we’ve done a good job with in-school masking and in school distancing to the extent we can.”

He also explained that with the contact tracing through Ozark City Schools and all the precautions they are taking, he feels like they’re ready for whatever comes next.

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