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  Alabama “not in good position to reopen schools” says creator of COVID-19 risk assessment tool

He said Alabama is not in a good position to reopen schools without mitigation plans, like “100-percent mask compliance.”

Shelby County Schools to start with staggered schedule

  Jefferson County Schools will start with remote learning

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

  UAB, ADPH launch “largest-scale higher education testing initiative” in country

  Students at the University of Alabama face new requirements due to coronavirus

  4,000 Chromebooks meant for Etowah County Schools held up in customs, new order on the way

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Etowah County students start school August 17

  Chilton County Schools buys more than 4,000 laptops for online learning

Back to school champions day

  Gov. Ivey allocates $100 million to increase internet access for students

  State Superintendent reacts to new mask requirement in schools

  A look at the bus safety plan for Tuscaloosa County Schools

  Homeschooled high school students can take UAB college courses for credit

UAB has options for homeschooled students looking to get a head start on their college education.

  Vestavia Hills School System delays start date; other changes for new school year

School will now start August 20 and 6-12th graders who chose in person learning will move to an alternating day schedule

  Fairfield City Schools starts virtually, but still prepares for student return

Fairfield City Schools Superintendent, Dr. Regina Thompson, says the concerns from parents and staff, along with rising COVID cases, pushed leaders to start virtually for Pre-K through 12th grade students.

  Jefferson County Health Dept. under pressure to inspect schools

Schools are preparing to welcome some students and teachers back in a few short weeks, but It’s on the health department to be sure those schools are safe.

  How likely are younger students to comply with wearing a face covering at school?

  State health, education leaders to soon roll out tool kit for how schools can safely reopen

  Considering homeschool? Here’s what you need to know

  Shelby County Schools extend deadline to choose virtual versus in-person learning

  Jefferson State expects dual enrollment to increase during pandemic

  AEA Survey: 65% of teachers are ‘very uncomfortable’ returning to school buildings this fall

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

As parents prepare for the upcoming school year and all of the changes ahead, for some, it can be a bit nerve-wracking.

  Fairfield City Schools will start fall instruction virtually

The Board of Education has approved to start the school year off virtually for Fairfield City Schools.

  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.

  Free COVID testing kicked off for Alabama college students

Testing kicked off for college students across the state as many Alabama Universities are requiring students to get tested before returning to campus.

State Superintendent says “uncertainty” is biggest concern for upcoming school year

We're less than a month from a new school year and whether classes take place in person or online, there's a lot of concern from parents, students and teachers.

  Sideline: How school districts are keeping players, fans safe during upcoming football season

High school football this year will be more than just X's and O's. The game within the game could be how schools plan to keep things clean for players and fans.

  200,000 college students to get free COVID-19 tests

The state will pay for testing through CARES Act funds, enabling 200,000 students to be tested for COVID-19.

  Students with special needs may have to make more adjustments this fall

Many schools are still trying to iron out the kinks of how they will accommodate students with special needs.

  Cheerleading will still have school spirit, but less acrobatics this fall

High school sports will continue for now, but those who cheer them on, will have to make some adjustments.

  CDC guidance on getting students back into the classroom

A report released by the CDC says it’s far better for students to be in school for classroom education than remote learning.

Questions about school funding, state lawmaker expresses concerns

There’s new push back from some state leaders who say the $70 million allocated to schools from the state is not enough to safely bring children back to school.

  Chilton County Schools push back start date

Students in Chilton County Schools won’t be heading back to class until September 8th for online learning or in person.

  Shelby County reacts to AHSAA news

High school athletes are anxious to get back on the field and play but school officials are tasked with making sure they can do it safely.

  Shelby County Schools parents express concern

The detailed Shelby County Schools plan lists guidance for students, parents and staff, but there are still lingering questions.

  Principal advises what to include on your back-to-school shopping list

And as families start thinking about back to school shopping, there are some items you may not have considered.

  AHSAA releases Best Practices Guidelines for 2020 Fall Sports

The AHSAA released it’s “Best Practices” guidelines Thursday during a press conference that highlighted the key components for the upcoming season.

  Jefferson County Schools release Roadmap to 2020-2021 school year

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

  How are parents dealing with the anxiety of the new school year?

Virtual and traditional are words we’ve all heard for weeks now as school districts prepare for students in the fall. But what about parents?

  What does virtual school really look like?

We've heard the words "virtual school" a lot lately. So, what does that really look like?

  Some changes coming to school lunches

With so many different schooling options for the fall, how your child receives a lunch could also be changing.

  Trussville City Schools using desk shields to help protect students and teachers

Trussville City Schools bought more than 800 desk shields to help protect students from spreading germs.

  Tuscaloosa City and County School leaders share plans for Fall classes

Tuscaloosa City Schools Superintendent Mike Daria said just under 1,900 students are currently signed up to be in virtual learning all year long.

More schools announce delayed openings, virtual starts

More of Alabama's largest public school systems are delaying the start of in-person classes, opting to begin instruction online as concerns persist over still-high COVID-19 numbers in the state.

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.

  Birmingham City Schools will start with remote learning

Interim Superintendent Dr. Mark Sullivan said because of COVID-19 cases and safety concerns, instruction will start with remote learning.

Operation Backpack Drive to support traditional and at home learning

Although students won’t be starting in-person schooling anytime soon, the Operation Backpack drive still needs community support.

  Virtual learning registration closes for Hoover City Schools

Hoover Superintendent Dr. Kathy Murphy said it looks like 30-40 percent of students chose to learn virtually.

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.

Gov. Ivey awards $170 million for health care and remote learning in Alabama public schools

On Monday Ivey announced $70 million to support the Alabama State Department of Education’s (ALSDE) Education Health and Wellness Grant Program and $100 million to support the Educational Remote Learning Devices Grant Program.

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.

Sylacauga City Schools announce reopening plan

Students and parents will be able to choose between three options: Traditional School, Aggie Blended Learning and Aggie Virtual Academy.

Back-to-school sales tax holiday this weekend

Shoppers will not be charged the state’s 4% sales or use tax for certain items.

Classes at University of Alabama going remote after Nov. 20

The Fall 2020 academic calendar is being updated to provide instruction and testing remotely after Nov. 20.

  Hoover football holds virtual combine to help seniors in recruiting process

COVID-19 has had a huge impact on high school senior athletes and the recruiting process so Hoover High School decided to get creative to showcase it’s players to college coaches.

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.

  Shop smarter this sales tax holiday weekend

Alabama’s sales tax holiday will officially begin at 12:01 a.m. Friday.

  Calhoun County schools move start of school back six days

Calhoun County's school system will open one week later than planned, following Wednesday's news conference from Governor Ivey about COVID-19.

  Greene County Schools plan to reopen includes a phased approach

Greene County schools want to reopen this fall by overcoming challenges coronavirus presentsb in rural town.

  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.

  Alabama Should be Prepared to Wear Face Masks for Rest of the Year

Governor Kay Ivey’s mandatory face covering order is set to expire on July 30. But if there continues to be a dramatic increase in confirmed positive cases and hospitalizations, that may not happen.

Shelby County Schools could potentially go to second phase of reopening plan

The Shelby County Schools’ plan also includes a new directive for face coverings. Covering your mouth and nose with a face mask/covering while within Shelby County Schools will be required

  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.

  Start date set for St. Clair County Schools with 3 options for students

St. Clair County will welcome students to the new school year on August 12 in one of three ways.

  Leeds City Schools working to turn bus fleet into mobile hot spots by August

Leeds City School leaders are working to turn the districts fleet of 20 buses into mobile hot spots ahead of the fall.

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.

  Local teachers express fears about returning to the classroom

We’ve heard from the state superintendent. We’ve heard from local school leaders, and even parents, but what are teachers saying about the upcoming school year?

Schools Reopening: Teachers express their concerns

Schools Reopening: Teachers express their concerns

  Summer virtual learning program in Tuscaloosa kicks off Monday

Tuscaloosa city’s schools’ summer virtual learning program is geared towards serving students in K through 5.

  Back to school during a pandemic: Focusing on children’s mental health

Birmingham City Schools have a whole team focused on the mental health of children returning to school during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In response to COVID-19, K-12 system spending $12.4 million on statewide virtual option

The department last month issued an emergency contract with SchoolPLP and wants the at-home education option available when K-12 students return to school next month.