Schools across the state are deciding when and how to reopen schools in the fall. The state Department of Education set out several options for systems to consider, including in-person learning, virtual learning and blended plans, and said all parents have the option to enroll their children in a virtual learning program.
Here is where Birmingham-area schools stand on planning for the start of school.
- Alabama School of Fine Arts: will start Aug. 17, still considering options for in-person teaching such as half-days, two-week rotations of students. Core classes all will be remote and students can choose to take all classes remotely. https://www.asfa.k12.al.us/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=455601&type=d
- Alabaster: will start Aug. 19 with in-person learning for the first nine-week period, and will offer the option of complete virtual learning. Students may switch between in-person and remote learning at the end of the first nine weeks. https://www.acsboe.org/reopening
- Bessemer City Schools: will start Aug. 20 with virtual learning for at least the first four weeks. http://www.bessk12.org/Default.asp?PN=News&L=1&DivisionID=24326&LMID=1204607
- Fairfield: will start Aug. 10 and will offer three options for students for the whole school year: traditional school, virtual or a combination of in-person and virtual. https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/773572/reopening_fairfield.pdf
- Homewood City Schools: Will start Aug. 19, asks parents to decide if they want their child to have virtual or traditional school by July 24 https://www.homewood.k12.al.us/Page/4609
- Hoover City Schools: will start Aug. 20, parents can choose in-person or remote. https://www.hoovercityschools.net/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&DomainID=4&ModuleInstanceID=11&ViewID=6446EE88-D30C-497E-9316-3F8874B3E108&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=18345&PageID=1
- Jefferson County Schools: will start Aug. 25. Surveys to be sent out July 27. Parents and students can choose traditional, remote or virtual. https://www.jefcoed.com/Page/4208
- Leeds: will start Aug. 6, will have traditional and virtual learning. Virtual students can return to traditional learning if they want at the end of the first nine-week grading period or subsequent nine-week grading periods. https://www.leedsk12.org/
- Midfield City Schools: will start Aug. 25, first nine weeks virtual https://www.midfield.k12.al.us/domain/108
- Mountain Brook City Schools: will start Aug. 11, option of traditional learning or virtual learning. https://www.mtnbrook.k12.al.us/
- Shelby County: Will start Aug. 13, will have traditional learning and a remote learning option. Students can switch to remote learning for a student if that student has to quarantine or schools are shut down. https://www.shelbyed.k12.al.us/doclibrary/2020-2021-Reopen-Plan-Overview.pdf
- Tarrant: will start Aug. 25, have not decided how it is going to look. https://www.tarrant.k12.al.us/Trussville City Schools: will start Aug. 12, plan on educating students in-person. 20% of Trussville City Schools are doing online education. https://www.trussvillecityschools.com/domain/883
- Vestavia City Schools: Will start Aug. 13, asked parents to decide by July 22 whether they wanted traditional, blended learning in special cases, or virtual. https://www.vestavia.k12.al.us/Page/4079
At the state level, Gov. Kay Ivey sent $70 million to the Alabama State Department of Education’s Education Health and Wellness Grant Program. She also allocated $100 million to the Education Remote Learning Devices Grant Program.