Ozark City Schools to continue 4-day face to face instruction


OZARK, Ala. (WDHN) — The semester for Ozark City Schools is set to come to a close at the end of this month. And, it seems like they will stay on the same course heading into next semester.

Around the end of October last year, the school system transitioned from fully remote learning into a four-day face to face instruction.

“The Fridays are quite valuable to the remote learning side of the question as well as the face to face learning so we ended up coming with a recommendation to continue the four-day model,” Dr. Rick McInturf said.

And that recommendation was passed. Dr. Mcinturf says there’s about 25 percent of students in the system doing remote learning. He says the plan was up for reconsideration due to school employees and parents making it a success.

“Parents have adjusted it seems like fairly well. You would think there would be a lot of child care issues and things like that and there are some but not as many as you might think,” Dr. McInturf said.

The goal for Ozark city schools is to get back to five days a week but that requires at least 90 percent of the students. If you are running into a child care issue, the community is stepping up.

“We are getting some help from throughout the community daycares are pitching, the boys and girls club are running Friday programs and some of the churches are running Friday programs,” He said.

Dr. Mcinturf wanted to express a huge amount of thanks to the nurses in all of the schools for keeping the students as safe as possible during the pandemic.

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