Lauderdale County schools expand distance learning program

Lauderdale County School District

The Lauderdale County School District discussed reopening plans for the 2020-2021 school year during a special called meeting Tuesday evening.

Schools were closed in March as the COVID-19 pandemic spread.

Superintendent John-Mark Cain said the plan is to offer a traditional year with 50 percent of the students attending the first few days of the new year. 

Aug. 5 will be the first day for students with last names beginning with A-K; while Aug. 6 will be the first day for students with last names beginning with L-Z. 

Aug. 7 is a professional development day for teachers and students will not attend school that day.

Students with last names beginning with A-K will attend on Aug. 10 while students with last names beginning with L-Z will attend on Aug. 11.

All students return on Aug. 12 and 13. Aug. 14 will be a virtual learning day.

After Aug. 14, students and staff will follow a traditional schedule, with students attending classes five days a week, Cain said.

Options will be provided for parents who want an alternative format, he said. 

Cain said the final reopening plan will be released on Friday, July 10.

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