OZARK, Ala. (WDHN) — After an hour and a half of deliberation from parents, teachers, and the board itself, the transition to in-class learning for Ozark City Schools was approved.
All students from pre-school to grade five will meet Monday through Thursday. Middle school and high school students will meet twice a week on alternating days that depend on their last names.
“We are just happy for some direction and the opportunity to bring kids back to Carroll high school,” Principal Andrea Maness said. “Our teachers have worked really, really hard and, to be really honest, they’re struggling like every other teacher in the state of Alabama. So they’re just looking for an opportunity to get kids in front of them so that we can get back to the business of educating kids face-to-face.”
The board meeting was packed with school officials, teachers, and parents, all who had different opinions about the next step.
But at the end of the meeting, it seemed everyone was happy with the decision the board made.
“I think it’s a good start,” Ozark City School Superintendent Dr. Rick McInturf said. “It allows all of our kids to get back to some level of face-to-face instruction and we’ll watch it for a week or so and see how well it goes. The goal has always been to transition all the students back to full time face-to-face instruction just as soon as possible.”
The decision will be sent to the state for approval and the Ozark City School Board will meet on October 8 to evaluate the first few days of in-person instruction.