The three school systems in Madison County will begin the school year with remote learning, opting not to bring back about 55,000 students to campus during the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The change in plans affects Huntsville City, Madison County and Madison City school districts.
The superintendents of the three school districts came together at a joint press conference Wednesday to make the announcement.
The superintendents said the plan for now is for remote learning to continue through the first nine weeks of the school year.
Speaking at the press conference, Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle called for the community to support the decision of the superintendents as they work to keep students, teachers and staff safe during COVID-19.
“We have to evolve, we have to adapt,” Battle said.
Madison County Superintendent Allen Perkins said that school leaders will be working to change the “stumbling block” of the coronavirus into a “stepping stone.”
“My prayer is that we come together like never before,” Perkins said.
Huntsville City Schools Christie Finley said the school system was working to address issues from remote learning such as providing meals for students as well as internet access.
The three districts join 10 others in announcing plans to start remotely. Those districts are Mobile County, Bullock County, Greene County, Macon County, Anniston City, Gadsden City, Tuscaloosa City, Midfield City, Bessemer City and Selma City. The map below shows districts choosing remote-only learning in blue, districts offering traditional or virtual options in yellow, and districts AL.com has not yet found plans for in orange. The map will be updated as more plans are found.
Updated: Map was updated 12:25 p.m. after additional plans were found and more districts announced starting school virtual-only.
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