The Walker County Board of Education is actively working on learning options and guidelines that will be offered to students during the 2020-21 school year.
The county school system had a survey for parents online to determine how many students may be attending traditional school on Aug. 20 and how many may opt for remote learning, due to COVID-19 concerns.
While the results of the survey have not been revealed, a graphic was recently released by the school system to differentiate between traditional, remote, and blended learning.
Traditional instruction will involve students going to school, as normal, for face-to-face instruction. Social distancing guidelines will be observed, along with increased disinfecting practices.
Remote learning will allow students to strictly learn at home with guided lessons by a Walker County certified teacher.
Students will remain enrolled with Walker County Schools and have the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities.
Remote learning students would only need to be on campus if state Department of Education assessments were being administered.
Walker County Schools also has a blended learning option available in the event that traditional school could not be held due to COVID-19 concerns. Students who opted for traditional school would then learn virtually until returning to school was safe.
Parents will have the opportunity to choose which option is right for their child in late July or early August, once a full learning plan and guidelines are released by the Walker County Board of Education.
"Collaborative teams are now working at our central office for the next couple of weeks to develop that plan," Superintendent Dr. Joel Hagood said in a video posted to Facebook on June 30. "Our hope is to reveal this plan to our principals and our school communities the last week of July or, at the latest, the first full week in August."
Hagood added, "On behalf of the Walker County Board of Education, I want to thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to develop plans to reopen next school year. Our first priority is always the safety of our students and to exercise equity and empathy and to strive for efficiency in providing the best educational opportunity for your child as we can during this time."
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