ALABAMA SCHOOLS GO VIRTUAL: RISING COVID-19 CASES PROMPT CLOSURES

NEWS RELEASE

A growing number of Alabama schools are transitioning back to virtual learning due to a rising number of coronavirus cases.

In Birmingham, officials said the number of positive COVID-19 cases at Hudson K-9 prompted a shift to remote learning until after Thanksgiving break.

A total of 6 positive cases were recorded among staff members last week and several others were quarantined.

In-person classes will resume Nov. 30. Meals will be available for students with curbside pickup each school day from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Other schools making transitions to virtual include:

Haleyville City Schools Haleyville City Schools will transition to virtual learning Nov. 18-20 to allow time for buildings to be deep cleaned. Traditional classes will resume Nov. 30.

Boaz City Schools Boaz City Schools will transition to remote learning starting Tuesday, Nov. 17. Remote learning will continue through Friday, Dec. 4 with face-to-face instruction beginning against Dec. 7. Athletics will not be affected by this change.

Blountsville Elementary, J.B Pennington High School Blountsville Elementary and J.B. Pennington High School will transition to remote learning starting Nov. 17 in response to some positive COVID-19 cases and employees who are quarantine. Students will return to in-person instruction on Dec. 1.

Muscle Shoals Schools – McBride Elementary Fourth graders at McBride Elementary, part of the Muscle Shoals School System, will transition to remote learning for the remainder of this week due1 to an increase in COVID cases among fourth grade students and staff. The change does not impact third or fifth grade students.

Muscle Shoals High School Muscle Shoals High School will transition to remote learning Tuesday, Nov. 17 through Friday, Nov. 20. In-person learning will resume Monday, Nov. 30 after Thanksgiving break.

The change comes after a cafeteria worker began experiencing COVID-19 symptoms over the weekend. The employee did not work Friday but did come into contact with other staff members last Thursday. Some staff is currently in isolation and students will be served pre-packaged grab-and-go style lunches today.

There is no indication students were exposed but there is now a  shortage of cafeteria workers.