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Dothan City School Board could decide course to reopen this week
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Dothan City School Board could decide course to reopen this week

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Students at Dothan Preparatory Academy board their school buses for the ride home after classes Friday. School and city officials work together to try to fine-tune traffic patterns to accommodate parents and buses bringing and taking children to and from schools and other drivers who need a smooth flow of traffic.

Time is winding down for Dothan City Schools to chart a course for reopening schools in the fall after the superintendent expressed uncertainty over a plan published last week amid rapidly climbing COVID cases in the area.

Superintendent Phyllis Edwards posted a letter to DCS families asking staff and parents/guardians of students on Facebook to weigh in on a survey that presented four different options for students to return to school in the fall:

>> Open schools as planned on Aug. 17 for students who were planning to come to school traditionally and virtually for those choosing that option.

>>Delay school for a few more weeks until after Labor Day to allow the county and state to combat high numbers of infection and give the system more time to install and implement safety and cleaning equipment.

>>Return to school on Aug. 17 virtually only for everyone until infection rates slow.

>>Open school on Aug. 17, but only allow half the student body at each school to attend on designated days. Half of students would come to school on Monday and Tuesday while the other half would attend on Wednesday and Thursday. Friday would be left to allow staff to deep clean the school building while all students attend virtually.

A special board meeting was called for Thursday at 1 p.m. where Public Information Officer Meagan Dorsey said Edwards intends to make a formal recommendation to the board based on survey input as well as guidance from state and health officials. She hopes the board will vote on the plan at that time.

The school system submitted its original plans for reopening in June when the risk-level for COVID transmission was much lower than it is today.

Houston County logged an additional 116 cases over the weekend and two more residents died from COVID as of Monday morning.

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