Jefferson County health officer says middle and high schools should not reopen yet for students

Jefferson County health officer says middle and high schools should not reopen yet for students
Jefferson County Department of Health (Source: WBRC video)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Jefferson County Health Officer Dr. Mark Wilson advised superintendents in Jefferson County to “strongly consider” virtual classes for the next nine weeks this upcoming semester.

Wilson says students Pre-K through grades five or six can attend in-person classes only if precautions are followed: 6-foot social distancing, everyone must wear a mask, and children should be isolated from one another.

“I really think we should have in person school, especially for our younger kids. It’s the older kids that I’m more concerned about,” said Dr. Mark Wilson.

Wilson says middle and high schools should “strongly consider” virtual classes for the first grading period.

“They can have the option of still having in person school, but if they do that, they need to do a good job of cohorting kids so they’re minimizing interaction and consider doing an alternate day or ‘A/B plan’ where half the student body is at home while the other is at school and vice versa so if there is an outbreak, you don’t affect the entire school,” said Dr. Wilson.

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