HOOVER, Ala. (WBRC) - Students in the Hoover City School system will start the first four weeks of the 2020-2021 school year with a staggered schedule based on last names and alphabetical order.
Staggered schedules are for those who chose in-person learning.
Those students with last names A-L in the Hoover High Pattern and those with last names beginning with A through K in the Spain Park feeder pattern will attend Mondays and Thursdays: M through Z for Hoover High’s feeder pattern and L through Z in Spain Park’s feeder pattern will attend Tuesdays and Fridays.
Parents will be notified directly and those alphabetic categories are subject to change.
The other three days will be virtual learning.
Superintendent Dr. Kathy Murphy said teachers will use Wednesdays to plan and prepare and support digital learners.
Murphy also explained the separation into alphabetical categories will allow them to have proper social distance.
This schedule will take effect during the first four weeks of school and at that point, they will evaluate the next steps.
The school board voted on and passed the revised proposal Monday night during the school board meeting.
Parents will be notified directly of how their student is affected; if students in the same household have different last names, that will also be addressed.
Students are scheduled to start the school year on August 20. Schools will be deep-cleaned daily.
Right now, about 34 percent of students will begin the year with the virtual learning plan.
Also employees and students from Pre-K through 12th grades will be required to wear face masks.
Dr. Murphy said she believes in person education is best, but school leaders have to do it safely and with social distancing. She said looking at the student population, even with 34 percent learning digitally, the safest way for social distancing is to attend schools on a staggered schedule.