Dr. Jason Barnett, Dekalb County, Al. Superintendent, today addressed some of the concerns that many parents have about why schools are not closing until the end of the day on Wednesday of this week and about whether to keep their children home. (see letter at the bottom)
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, President Trump has declared a National Emergency and Alabama Governor Kay Ivey declaring a State of Emergency and that all schools would close at the end of the day on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.
Reports and statements from Alabama State Schools Superintendent Eric G. Mackey have said that any student that did not attend classes on Monday – Wednesday of this week would be excused. Many parents had concerns about their children going to school because of the highly contagious COVID-19 virus and wanted to keep their children at home, but due to students missing school, they would be required to take semester tests.
Also, according to a post on The Official Plainview High School Facebook page today, students that are absent Monday – Wednesday, of this week, will be excused and will not count against them for semester exams.
“School will be in session Monday-Wednesday (March 16-18). If students are absent on these days, they will be excused. Absences on these days also will not count against semester exam exemptions.”
Dr. Jason Barnett, today, addressed some of these issues in the memo that is attached.