BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Birmingham City School leaders announced a later start date of September 8.
Interim Superintendent Dr. Mark Sullivan said because of COVID-19 cases and safety concerns, instruction will start with remote learning. During the Birmingham School Board meeting Tuesday night, Sullivan said the new start date of September 8 will ensure all students have devices and are ready for instruction.
Some devices for students, ordered from China, were held up in shipping so the school system’s technical leaders had to place new orders.
Those devices will be here September 4 in time for the new start date.
Leaders said they didn’t want to rush to make a decision. Instead, they wanted to see what state and county health leaders said about the COVID risk, and that risk to students and staff.
Teachers have had and will continue to have training on virtual instruction.
The school district will also hold forums for digital learning to help parents as they navigate at-home learning.
Dr. Sullivan said, “We will get through this, we are Birmingham Strong.”
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