Sumiton Christian students will return as scheduled for traditional instruction on Wednesday, Aug. 12.
In a video shared to YouTube on June 25, Principal James McLeod detailed the school's response plan to COVID-19 concerns.
"This plan was developed in consideration of what is best for your children and for the faculty and staff here at Sumiton Christian School," McLeod said, adding that he met with the school board for Sumiton Christian School to develop the plan.
Based on surveys from faculty, staff, and parents, as well as recommendations from the Alabama Independent School Association, McLeod said students will continue receiving face-to-face classroom instruction.
"The overwhelming majority of our parents want to open school in a traditional manner, and it is currently our plan to open school that way," McLeod said.
Virtual learning will be an option if the school has to temporarily close due to COVID-19.
"We have a plan in place if we have to alter our attendance patterns or if we have to close our school completely," McLeod said. "Our teachers will continue to provide academic instruction through virtual platforms if we have to go this route."
McLeod said parents can be assured that school buildings will be cleaned more frequently and hand sanitizing stations will be in place on campus for students, faculty, and staff to use.
"We're going to be putting many steps in place to help prevent or lessen the chance of COVID-19 transmission," he said. "We're going to practice social distancing as much as we can in the school setting."
McLeod added, "As the Sumiton Christian School community, we are subject to the guidelines and directives of the Alabama Department of Public Health, the CDC (the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), and the Governor's Office. We will be required to follow whatever recommendations they may give."
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