Jefferson County schools return to remote learning Jan. 5th-8th

Schools cautiously entering new year

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - The first week after Christmas break for Jefferson County schools will be spent learning from home. The school system announced Tuesday it will go back to remote learning January 5th through 8th.

The county joins other school systems in our area who are also deciding to shift to learning from home.

Jefferson County Superintendent Dr. Walter Gonsoulin says there is a significant concern about community spread of COVID-19 during the holidays. He says by shifting to remote learning for this short period will give the county some space allowing more time to pass between Christmas and New Year’s. After January 8th, decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.

“Once we return on the [January] 11th for all students who want to come traditional then we will make a school-by-school decision on whether the doors will be open or we have to go remote. That will be dependent on our cases and on our faculty coverage,” Dr. Gonsoulin said.

Gonsoulin says he wants to stress this remote learning plan is directly related to everyone being responsible members of the community and doing what health experts have been telling us to do to stop the spread of COVID-19.

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