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  Midfield ends football season over COVID-19 concerns

Midfield High School is shutting down its football program for the remainder of the season over COVID-19 concerns.

Cleburne County, Etowah County, Trussville City school named National Blue Ribbon schools

  Student-athletes, cheerleaders and band members offered COVID-19 testing in Birmingham schools

COVID-19 can’t keep choirs quiet for long

  Jacksonville HS football game canceled Friday over COVID-19 case

  Hoover City School parents react to Day 1 of new learning schedule

  State continues work on school COVID data tracker

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  Some JEFCOED students return to the classroom

Tuscaloosa City Schools start in person classes Monday

Free homework help for Birmingham City School students

Tuscaloosa city school teachers prepare for in person teaching Monday

Woodlawn vs. Homewood game cancelled because of COVID-19

UA System: COVID-19 cases reach record low

  Jefferson County teacher talks virtual learning experience

The halls at McAdory High School are quiet. The desks are empty. Instead of teaching behind a podium, 11th grade English teacher Rhonda Hayde is behind her desk and in front of her computer screen.

  Birmingham City School leaders address connectivity issues with virtual learning

Birmingham City School leaders say they are working to help parents with connectivity issues with virtual learning.

  Trussville schools superintendent says district has been successful keeping COVID outbreaks out of classrooms

Trussville school district was one of the few districts to allow in person learning right at the beginning of the school year.

  Tuscaloosa City Schools asks parents to consider substitute teaching

Superintendent Mike Daria says the school system doesn't have enough subs to get them through the year.

  UA’s COVID-19 numbers expected to see more progress

  Parents react to Hoover City Schools schedule change

  Birmingham City School family talks virtual learning

  Dollar General donates to 5 Bessemer schools

  Jefferson County School leaders working to secure more PPE

  Advice for parents for students struggling with virtual learning

Hoover elementary students will return to in-person instruction 4 days a week

Hoover City Schools' leaders announced elementary school students will move from a staggered in-person/remote learning schedule to a four-day a week in-person schedule. Middle and high school students who have chosen in-person instruction will remain in the staggered schedule at this point.

Helena High School cancels 2 football games over COVID-19 concerns

The two games include a home game against Pelham High School scheduled for September 18 and an away game against McAdory High School scheduled for September 25.

  Superintendents clarify Leeds vs. Moody FB game controversy

Both Leeds and St. Clair County Superintendents are clarifying what happened during the rivalry football game that ended in Leeds band being sent home.

  Tuscaloosa County School teachers seek changes in remote, in-person teaching practices

Beasley said teachers would like a 4 to 1 split where they teach in class four days a week and do remote learning on one day.

  Could 5-day in-person learning be on hold for Hoover schools?

The district announced earlier this month the plan was to try and start a five-day a week schedule, but that may be looking more like a goal than the reality.

State will publish K-12 school COVID-19 cases soon

Most of the state’s largest school districts started school virtually this year but many are now saying they will move to in-person instruction by November.

UA System: COVID-19 dashboard shows decreases in positive cases on UA’s campus

Alabama has 294 positives over the last week but that’s down from 846 from the previous week.

Some JEFCOED students will soon be returning to the classroom

Some Jefferson County school students will soon be heading back to the classroom. The school district announced Thursday afternoon that students who want to attend traditional school will be welcomed back in less than two weeks.

Shelby County Schools will return to 5-day instruction for traditional students Sept. 14

The move will happen September 14.

  State Superintendent says COVID school data will be tracked and released

No roll out date has been set.

  State to release COVID-19 cases in schools

We’re hearing from a local school superintendent after finding out the state plans to release coronavirus case numbers for all school systems.

  State releases data from parent back-to-school survey

The state released the results of a survey many of you completed. It was to gauge how you felt about sending your child back to school this year.

  Dr. Saag says without testing, K-12 case numbers aren’t accurate

The ADPH dashboard lists fewer than 9,000 cases for ages 5 to 17, so kindergarten to junior year... but that might not be accurate.

  Sentinel testing shows fewer cases at UAB, UAH than Alabama, Auburn

Sentinel testing randomly tests students, allowing officials to gauge a random sample and get a clearer picture of possible spread.

  University of Alabama issues sanctions to students for COVID social distancing violations

This week the University announced it has issued 639 individual student sanctions since September 8th for violating social distancing rules.

  JeffCo Schools give option to return to in-person learning

Jefferson County Superintendent Walter Gonsoulin says students will soon have the option to return to in-person learning.

  House parties no safer than gathering at bars

Hanging out with people in a group in a house can be as risky as hanging out in a bar.

University of Alabama updates coronavirus testing efforts

The number of positive coronavirus cases at the University of Alabama appears to be dropping according to the Dean of the College of Community Health Sciences.

  Families adjust to Locust Fork temporary school closures

Some families in Blount County are adjusting after two schools closed temporarily to deal with COVID-19.

  School leader temporarily close two Blount County school over COVID-19 concerns

Locust Fork Elementary School and Locust Fork High School will be closed for in-person learning through September 14th.

  Districts weigh different learning, parents adjust to new schedules

District leaders across our area are weighing options about shifting learning schedules for students.

  Homewood City Schools Superintendent talks adjustment to new role

The new superintendent at Homewood City Schools says his top priority is getting students, families, and staff to other side of this pandemic this school year while ensuring both safety and a quality education.

  Colleges and universities are cracking down on students who don’t follow recommended guidelines

Colleges and universities across the country are cracking down on students who don’t follow recommended guidelines to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

  Anniston schools return for in-person instruction

Superintendent Ray Hill says students were asked to wear masks to school, and he saw students ranging from young children to high school, wearing them.

Jefferson County Schools anticipate move to A/B model traditional school before end of 9 weeks

The order for a return to a hybrid traditional model would start with Pre-K and Exceptional Education students. K-5 will be second. Finally grades 6-12 would return.

  Colleges and universities trying to manage COVID-19 on campuses

With a rise in COVID-19 cases on college campuses around the country, some people suggest shutting things down and sending students home. Local health experts say that may do more harm than good.

  Birmingham City School leaders prepare for first day of virtual school year

It’s the last day of summer vacation for Birmingham City School students. They head back to the virtual classroom Tuesday.

  Students still concerned about rising COVID cases at the University of Alabama

Late Friday afternoon, the University of Alabama system reported 846 positive cases between August 28th and September 3. That brought the total number of students, faculty and staff at the University to test positive for COVID to more than 2,000 people since classes started.

  Remote education support offered for B’ham, JeffCo online students

Kingdom Family Christian Fellowship is the latest to offer remote education support.

  Cullman High School switches to hybrid schedule among increasing COVID exposure

Cullman High School has switched to a hybrid learning plan after what the school calls increased exposure to COVID-19 on campus.

  JeffCo Health Department reports drop in required student vaccinations

Jefferson County Health Department reports vaccinations are down among school aged children for in person and virtual learners.

Shelby Co. students get free meals

Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 8, all students may eat standard meals (breakfast and lunch) at no cost.

  Full-time virtual teacher offers advice to parents

We’ve all learned that connecting over a screen is far different than in person, but there are ways to make a difference.

  Tuscaloosa City Schools considering early return to in-person classes

The Tuscaloosa City School Board took another step forward this week to find a plan to safely bring kids back to in-person teaching.

Tuscaloosa City Schools reviewing staggered schedule plan

The Tuscaloosa city school board of education is working to return students to in-person instruction and reviewing a different plan to make it happen.

  SEAP hears concerns about special needs student education during pandemic

The Special Education Advisory Panel held a virtual meeting Wednesday discussing some of the concerns parents and teachers have about accommodations for special needs students.

  St. Clair Co. reviews first few days back in school

Superintendent Mike Howard says all of this is new and a learning process for everyone involved, but he’s still optimistic.

  University of Alabama updates COVID testing efforts

Rapid testing for COVID-19 is being used to identify and test University of Alabama students who may have been exposed to the virus.

  Jefferson County Schools iron out kinks in school lunch program

Jefferson County School students aren’t in the classroom to start off the year, but they are still getting a hot meal at home.

Sylacauga students will get free school meals this fall

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced a meal flexibility waiver that covers free school breakfast and lunch effective immediately and through December 31, 2020.

Decline in school enrollment in the Black Belt threatens economic stability, new report says

Based on research done by the University of Alabama’s Education Policy Center, Alabama’s public school enrollment in the 24 counties that comprise the Black Belt fell from 139,739 to 106,801 from 1995 to the 2019-2020 school year.

Alabaster City Schools to transition to five days a week for traditional learners

Alabaster City Schools’ leaders announced traditional students will return to five day in-person instruction on September 14.

UA issues more than 400 conduct referrals for COVID violations

Dr. Bell went on to say those who fail to abide by UA’s Health and Safety protocols face serious consequences.

  Birmingham City Schools recognized by Tim Cook

Birmingham City School leaders received extra training ahead of the upcoming school year that’s to expected to increase what your child has access to this year.

  School system warns of ’Tea Room’, ‘Shade Room’ Instagram profiles

The profiles in question promise anonymity for students who provide content or otherwise engage. The profiles also ask students to vote in various polls ranging from teacher preferences to political preferences.

Hoover City Schools will transition to 5-day a week instruction for traditional students

Five (5) days of in-person instruction beginning Monday, September 21.

eLearning camp at Levite Jewish Community Center

The Levite Jewish Community Center is offering an e-learning camp called “Camp J All Day.”

Homewood school moving classes outside to keep students, teachers safe

Some lessons are now being taught outside for parts of the day, not only for health reasons, but also for kids to get some fresh air and appreciate what nature has to offer.

B’ham City Schools to provide students with hot lunches at 42 locations

Birmingham City Schools is providing hot meals during the day for students who are learning remotely.

Jackson-Olin football team will quarantine for 14 days, game cancelled

The Jackson-Olin football team is in a 14-day quarantine after a student-athlete tested positive for COVID-19.

Auburn University reentry testing results show 4 percent positivity rate

Auburn University’s reentry testing results show there was a 4 percent positivity rate among students returning for classes this fall, the university announced Thursday.

In-person student organization events prohibited, no housing visitation at JSU

JSU leaders said, “Any organization that allegedly violates this directive will be referred to the Director of Community Standards and Student Ethics for disciplinary review.”

  Parents raise questions about transparency, accreditation of state’s e-learning program

Local parents are raising concerns about the multi-million dollar e-learning platform the state is using this year and how transparent the company was with its accreditation.

  Tuscaloosa City School Board listens to health and safety panel regarding coronavirus

Returning early from remote learning could come up next week’s school board meeting on Tuesday.

  Tarrant City Schools get Chromebooks just in time

Over 600 parents came to the schools Monday to pick up the Chromebooks so they could be ready for school on Tuesday.

  UA students moved out of dorm to make room for COVID-19 positive students

One parent said that students having to be relocated so soon, is an ominous sign.

  Some teachers express concern with Schoology platform

Districts across the state are experiencing the growing pains and challenges as they transition to a new e-learning platform this school year.

  School Check-in: Pell City Schools

We’re continuing to check in with districts about the back to school transition.