As Corinth students returned to class on Monday, Alcorn School District officials are still eyeing an Aug. 5 return.
Superintendent Bill Brand said he plans to continue to watch daily COVID-19 caseload numbers and trends reported by the Mississippi Department of Health, while also paying close attention to what happens in the Corinth School District.
It appears Corinth schools got off to a good start and “I think it’s reasonable to think whatever happens at Corinth is going to happen in Alcorn County,” Brand told school board members at a special called meeting this week.
“We are all ready for school to start back, but there is a lot of nervousness about doing the right thing,” added the superintendent. “There has been a lot of questions about whether our schools are ready to reopen – and, yes, I believe they are. But we must keep in mind ... are hospitals ready if the caseloads increase because schools are back in session.”
The plan currently in place for Alcorn Central, Biggersville and Kossuth schools have students returning to campus on a staggered A/B schedule for the first two days, Wednesday, Aug. 5 and Thursday, Aug. 6. The entire student body will then attend school on Friday, Aug. 7.
Students will be dismissed each day at 2 p.m. through Labor Day, according to Brand.
“Dismissing at two o’clock each day will give our teachers extra time to spend with those students who are distance learning,” he said.
More than 400 students signed up for the work from home option.
The other students who will continue attending school on the traditional model setup by the district will be required to wear face mask coverings and practice social distancing at all times. Lunches and snacks will be taken in the classrooms to reduce movement. Temperature screenings at the beginning of each day will also take place for the first two weeks of the session before possibly being discontinued per CDC guidelines.
Brand said teacher development days begin Thursday and continue through next week.
“Dr. Amy Davis with the hospital will be going to each school during those days – meeting with teachers, showing them the best ways to keep themselves and the students of this district healthy as we all battle this virus together,” he added.