State Superintendent of Education: School officials working on option for virtual learning in the fall

Possible virtual learning available next fall

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - A new option for learning could be available next school year.

Alabama State Superintendent of Education Dr. Eric Mackey says school officials are working on an option for virtual learning in the fall for parents or children who prefer that. Mackey mentioned the option could be good for children with underlying health issues.

Mackey says some summer activities will still be allowed, including: summer workouts, band practice, cheer practice, summer school, some summer camps, and possibly a few others.

Social distancing, hand washing, cleaning and sanitizing of buildings are all precautions that will be taken at schools, according to Mackey.

Jefferson County Superintendent Dr. Walter Gonsoulin believes Mackey’s announcement is a great idea. Gonsoulin says the district must be prepared for the fact that some students and their families may not feel it’s safe to come back to school.

"We also anticipated that there would be parents that would probably want their children in a virtual setting to remain in a virtual setting. We anticipated that we had to make sure that we had a curriculum that was robust and could mean the children’s needs,” Gonsoulin said.

Gonsoulin tells us this is going to be an interesting school year coming up and he’s asking for flexibility and patience from everyone.

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