The state board of education released preliminary data about student assessments during Thursday’s work session. It’s data both state and local education leaders wanted to review to gauge COVID’s impact on student learning.
The state now has a better idea of how students performed in school during the pandemic. New scores were released for the Alabama Comprehensive Assessment Program. The Alabama State Department of Education is focused on the pandemic, mental health, and academic recovery as another school year with COVID is underway.
The director recorded a Facebook live message Wednesday directed to parents, citing a shortage of truck drivers and manufacturer workers as some of the reasons why they can’t get certain kinds of food.
Bessemer Schools Superintendent Dr. Autumm Jeter said the students engaged in their First Amendment rights by stepping out of the classroom to protest. Jeter said she and school leaders acknowledge the students’ rights and she thanked them for being peaceful.
Superintendent Dr. Lewis Brooks announced Thursday Shelby County Schools will move to a mask mandate starting on Monday, August 30, 2021. Some parents voiced their opposition Thursday evening during the school board meeting.
TCSS Public Relations Director Terri Brewer said no board members proposed a change to optional mask procedures in Monday’s TCSS board meeting. Superintendent Keri Johnson said that the student COVID positivity rate is currently around 1 percent.
Some Chilton Co. Schools are changing their mask policy from optional to mandatory as the number of COVID-19 positive cases and exposures steadily increases throughout the district, according to the superintendent.
In Birmingham, a teacher and a teacher union head both agree more needs to be done to contain and slow the spread of COVID-19, but they both question if mandating teachers to get shots will do the trick.
"Please make decisions that are best for you and your family based on our school systems guidelines. My prayer is for health, safety, peace and unity as we provide an education for the students of Chilton County!"
It's a showdown over face masks with the Hoover Board of Education. After Thursday's meeting, that issue will clearly be the deciding factor when board members decide how students will start the new school year.