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Plan for reopening schools overview.
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Friday, July 17, 2020

Greetings to the students and families of the Escambia County Alabama School System:

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and state of emergency declared by Governor Kay Ivey, Alabama schools have been closed since March 16, 2020, and remained closed through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Traditional education as we know it will look very different in numerous unprecedented ways this coming year.  We are now faced with an extraordinary challenge that will require all of our individual and collective expertise to address the needs of students, families, staff, faculty, and school communities.  Our schools have worked collaboratively to develop a Back to School Plan that will guide the school operations as we begin the new school year.  This will be a living plan that will continually evolve based on the directives and guidance provided by the ALSDE, ADPH, current threat levels, and other factors.  The health and safety of students and staff is the top priority when making the decision to physically reopen school campuses for use by students, staff, and others.  Our plan does have a  traditional face to face instructional delivery option with a temporary remote learning provision, and a full virtual online/ digital platform option that will meet the needs of our students and families.

I wanted to share an overview of our back to school plan with all.  In addition, each school will also be reaching out to students and families with a more indepth individualized plan.  We will have an online registration form available next week.  Parents and students will need to decide and select the instructional option that will be best for their particular needs.   Students may attend traditional school (brick and mortar) or utilize virtual school  (online) this year.  Virtual school students must commit to at least a nine week grading period and must be able to provide their own reliable internet access.   Additional information will be available as soon as we finalize details.

 Please feel free to contact your school administrator for more detailed information concerning the return to school plan.  I could not be more proud of our wonderful teachers, support staff, and administrators in our schools.  Together, with the support of students, parents, and our community, we are up for this challenge.  We are stronger together, we can do more together, and I thank you for all you are doing to support students and their families.


John Knott, Superintendent

Escambia County Board of Education


Click or Scan the QR Code below to view the plan.