Education

  Parents react to Jefferson County’s remote learning decision

Strong opinions from parents after school leaders in Jefferson County decided not to open schools traditionally this fall. Some parents said they were disappointed in the district’s decision to do remote learning for the first nine weeks of school.

  Jefferson County Schools will start with remote learning

  Hoover City Schools to start with staggered scheduling based on last names

  AL community colleges plan for start of school, will COVID-19 tests be required?

  ACT test registration now open, what you need to know

Etowah County students start school August 17

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  Finding the right tutor for your child

  Parents concerned about school changes

UAB talks safety precautions ahead of fall semester

Mountain Brook schools push start date for 2020-21 academic year

  Parent speaks about coping with pressure of teaching at home upcoming school year

  Fairfield City Schools will start fall instruction virtually

AEA: 65% of surveyed members ‘very uncomfortable’ with returning to classroom

The Alabama Education Association is releasing the findings of a survey it recently conducted about possibly reopening schools amid the pandemic.

  Should teachers collect hazard pay?

Many have heard about the possibility of essential workers getting hazard pay, and many more are now pushing for that compensation to be extended to teachers.

  State conducting parent survey on internet access

State school leaders are trying to collect data on technology access across the state as they prepare for the upcoming school year.

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

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.

Lawson State president announces retirement after 33 years

Program offering $5,000 for more Black men to teach

Questions about school funding, state lawmaker expresses concerns

  Jefferson County Schools release Roadmap to 2020-2021 school year

  Mom of 8th grader supports BCS’s plan to start school remotely

More schools announce delayed openings, virtual starts

Huntsville, Madison schools begin school year on virtual learning plan

School leaders from Huntsville and Madison are scheduled to discuss reopening plans for Fall 2020

Autauga County School System pushes start date to after Labor Day

The Autauga County School System has pushed its start date to Sept. 8.

Alabama schools seek substitutes, fear shortage due to pandemic

Many Alabama school districts are concerned that there will not be enough substitute teachers for the upcoming school year.

  Midfield students to receive devices, laptops when virtual school starts in August

When school starts virtually in Midfield in August, students will receive devices and laptops to do their online work.

What will school lunchtime look like during a pandemic?

We're on your side finding out how school districts in our state are handling lunch time and social distancing.

Bessemer City Schools will start school virtually, buys more than a million dollars worth of new laptops

Students will receive instruction virtually for at least the first four weeks.

New resources, recommendations available as schools set to reopen

The money comes from the about $1.9 billion in federal CARES Act funding allocated to the state and further divided by lawmakers and Gov. Kay Ivey in May into areas of need.

  UAB student concerned about tuition increase, university responds

A 22-year-old third-year UAB Psychology said she checked her student account after hearing of the tuition increase on social media.

Parents turn to nannies as schools go virtual

Most in-demand nannies are expected to be tech-savvy to also fill role as teacher.

Midfield schools will start fall instruction virtually

This means all students, grades K-12, will receive their instruction through online platforms.

  Gadsden City Schools will start fall instruction online

Superintendent Tony Reddick said the decision was based on safety for students and staff.

  Governor Ivey reviewing health safety proposal from state leaders for back-to-school

State leaders are one step closer to finalizing the plan and securing the money to help bring your child back to school safely.

  Beloved Hewitt-Trussville teacher retires after more than four decades in the classroom

A longtime Hewitt-Trussville High School teacher is retiring after more than four decades in the classroom.

Homewood City Schools’ reopening plan released

School leaders said part of the plan will include students and staff wearing masks or face coverings when they can’t social distance.

  Community college hopes for higher enrollment amid pandemic

Jefferson Sate Community College hopes to maintain and grow enrollment numbers for the fall 2020 semester.

  Vestavia Hills City Schools’ back to school plan released

Vestavia Hills City Schools’ leaders announced schools will start back Thursday, August 13 with return of 1st-12th grade students, and kindergartners on Friday, August 14.

  Pediatricians urge leaders to take strong stance on masks in schools

Governor Kay Ivey’s statewide mask order is set to expire before the school year starts in August, although it can be extended, but some doctors say it should be in place in the fall and students and teachers should be required to wear masks in schools.

Mobile County school system delays opening; will have online-only instruction starting Sept. 1

Alabama’s largest school system will begin the school year online, Superintendent Chresal Threadgill announced Thursday.

  Cullman County offering traditional and virtual learning this fall

The Cullman County School system has released a guide for what the fall school year might look like.

Ivey sets deadline for response to lawmakers’ school safety proposal

Gov. Kay Ivey has given the state’s public school leader until Friday to respond to a multi-part proposal from some state senators and school nurses for screening, testing and possibly isolating students with COVID-19 symptoms.

As school year approaches, leaders worry about teacher, staff shortages, protecting vulnerable

Even before the coronavirus, teachers and substitute teachers were in short supply in many school systems.

  Will school districts be able to get the proper cleaning supplies?

There’s a priority list for cleaning and sansitization supplies.

  Hoover City Schools moves school start date; requires face masks for students

The Hoover City School system is delaying the start of school and putting out more of its plan to get students either back in the classroom or learning from home.

  Birmingham area AEA rep wants to delay the opening of schools

A Birmingham area representative for the Alabama Education Association says she would like to delay the start of the 2020-21 school year in the state.

  Child eye doc recommends ways to protect eyes during virtual learning

Getting our kids to spend less time on their devices is a challenge for all parents.

School board to discuss renaming 3 Montgomery high schools

The Montgomery County Board of Education will hold its regular meeting Tuesday evening.

Schools Reopening: Teachers express their concerns

Schools Reopening: Teachers express their concerns

  School leaders, state leaders discuss back-to-school wellness plan proposals

State leaders and school leaders are asking Governor Kay Ivey to fund their back-to-school health and safety plans to keep your child safe in the fall.

  Tuscaloosa City School Board approves buying 2200 Chrome books

Friday, the Tuscaloosa City School Board voted in favor of buying 2200 chromebooks for $750,000.

  Cullman City Schools to start back August 19

Parents and caretakers will need to complete a form to indicate whether you choose the traditional option or the virtual option.

  What’s it like to be a new principal during a pandemic?

There are so many moving parts as school leaders prepare for back to school and beyond, but imagine starting a new job as a principal in the middle of a pandemic.

  How will school districts decide which teachers teach in-person or remote?

We’re on your side finding out how school districts will decide which teachers will teach remote and which will teach in-person students.

  Bessemer City Schools roll out plans for fall classes

The superintendent wants parents to make sure they’re practicing social distancing now and wearing masks so kids are used to it before classes start.

  Jefferson Co. superintendent announces plans for 2020-2021 school year

The three options are a tradition, remote and virtual learning for students.

Homewood City Schools releases reopening information

HCS will require students/staff to wear facial coverings when physical distancing is not possible in order to most effectively reduce the spread of disease to others.

Ala. community colleges ask for $95M in COVID-19 relief funds for tech improvements

Part of the $95.8 million would cover upgrades for all the colleges’ technology and network infrastructure and improving software for online courses.

  Education advocates weigh in on districts back to school plans

Alabama Education Association leaders say they’re optimistic based on some of the plans we’re seeing, but they know these plans could change within weeks before school starts.

  Leeds City Schools’ reopening plan unveiled

School officials say parents will be surveyed the week of July 22 and will be asked to select traditional or virtual school for the first nine weeks.

  The McWane Science Center has advice for schools considering face coverings

As many area school districts put the finishing touches on their plans to reopen this fall, some have doubts about the likelihood of children wearing masks all day in the classroom.

B’ham City Schools starting Aug. 24; officials work to develop health, safety plans

"As we move forward, we’ll have a robust effort to inform and engage, parents, scholars, and the total community.”

  Cullman County Schools not requiring face coverings for students for upcoming school year

When it comes to wearing a face covering to school, Cullman County Schools says that decision will be left for parents to decide.

Pelham City Schools moving 2020-2021 start date to August 19

School leaders are working on a revised calendar for the school year, and the calendar will be approved at our July Board of Education meeting.

Chilton County Schools will start August 17

Chilton County Schools will begin for students on August 17 and employees on August 10.

  Bham charter school allows families to change learning preference throughout year

Starting a charter school in Alabama was challenging enough, according to I3 Academy Head of School Dr. Martin Nalls.

Governor Ivey awards $48 million to Alabama Department of Education for help to reopen schools

The money will be used to help schools meet the policies established in the Alabama State Department of Education’s Roadmap to Reopening Schools.

Trussville City Schools releases fall options with Aug. 12 start date

Trussville City Schools has announced three options for students for when the 2020-21 school year starts on August 12.

  Fairfield City Schools creates COVID Task for to prepare for the fall

Fairfield City School leaders are meeting regularly to figure out what students and parents want and need for the upcoming school year.

21 Savage launches free online financial program for youth

21 Savage says he wants to empower youth to manage their money.

Statewide virtual school provider selected, broadband access ‘inequities’ remain

The Alabama State Department of Education has selected a company called SchoolsPLP to provide a statewide virtual learning option for K-12 students in the upcoming school year.

  Some Alabama school districts are reopening in early August despite state superintendent’s plea to start later

The school year will begin in just 5 weeks for some area school districts, despite State Superintendent, Dr. Eric Mackey’s request to consider starting later.

Samford University will welcome students in the fall, along with new guidelines

Samford University will welcome students back to campus this fall with new guidelines in place to promote health and safety.

In pandemic, taxes on online purchases up; trend concerns educators

And while tax collection at physical locations still far outpaces online retail, sales tax is down about .5% year-over-year. The SSUT collection has about doubled.

  Miles College first HBCU to get BLM street mural

The street art was designed by the Miles College SGA and brought to life by artist Shawn Fitzwater,

  Bessemer City Schools Superintendent says schools will be ready to open this fall

Superintendent of Bessemer City Schools, Dr. Autumm Jeter, said schools in her district will be ready to receive students, teachers and staff when school bells ring this fall.

  Special education teachers gear up for challenges in the fall

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - While school districts are trying to figure out how to plan their fall semester during a pandemic, teachers who work with students with learning disabilities are getting ready for new challenges.

ASU plans to welcome students back into dorms Aug. 8

It was a part of a guide issued by the university Friday.

Road-map to reopening schools announced; Mackey stresses importance of distance learning

Alabama students will be able to return to in-person teaching in the fall, but should expect to face a learning experience unlike any they have seen before.

Alabama A&M renaming Bibb Graves Hall

The building will be renamed after Walter S. Buchanan, Alabama A&M’s second president, who served from 1909-1920.