OZARK, Ala. (WDHN) — Ozark City Schools began face-to-face instruction on Monday, Oct. 5 after being completely virtual since mid March.
“We are so excited to have our kids back in school, and it has been just better than what we expected,” D. A. Smith Middle School Principal Dr. Danelle Peterman said.
The decision to start the transition was made at a special school board meeting back in late September after parents and teachers alike explained the need to start moving back to a typical type of learning.
“The students are happy to be back, and of course, we are on the alternating schedule so it’s not as many students in the building as it would be when they’re all back,” Peterman said. “But they have been very good about following the rules, and they’re excited to be back because if you remember, we had to shut school down early back in March.”
The beginning of this transition meant students in elementary school would be going to school four days out of the week, where middle and high school would go on alternating days dependent on last name.
But, this does not take the work of doing virtual learning completely away from teachers.
“Yes, they’re excited,” Peterman said “Now I can’t tell you that it’s been 100 percent where they’ve been able to manage it all because it has been difficult for the teachers. However they’re taking it in strides. They’re very happy that students are back.
“We’ve made it work. So we’ve just been very optimistic in how we can, you know, be able to put the plan in place. So I could definitely say to hear, you know, dealing with COVID, you know, it was scary but we made it work.”