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The 2021-22 school year begins on Thursday, August 12. Photo by Crystal Glenn
School begins next week
By Crystal Glenn
Thursday, August 12, Coosa County students will be back to school.
“We are excited about this year and looking forward to getting our students back in the building,” said Superintendent of Education David Stover.
Although masks are no longer mandatory statewide, the school district has decided to require them for students and staff.
“After consulting board members and administration, the majority believe it is in the best interest of our students and staff to reinstate our protocols of wearing masks while indoors, taking temperatures, sanitizing and cleaning frequently,” said Stover.
“Our goal is to create an environment that provides an opportunity for students to return to the traditional school experience, while providing safeguards to protect the health and safety of students and staff,” reads the Phase II School Reopening Plan on the district website.
The school will be running a “monitored campus” model. This means that students, staff and a limited number of volunteers and visitors will be permitted on campus. Parent/teacher conferences and 504/IEP meetings will be held by scheduling appointments.
Student orientation was held on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. Many students and parents joined staff and administrators to obtain schedules, meet teachers and hear pertinent information about beginning the school year.
This orientation kicked off the school year and wrapped up summer learning.
The summer was a busy time for staff and numerous students. Several programs were offered to keep students engaged and to provide support to those students who might have gotten behind last year.
“There were STEM camps, literacy camps, summer school, and athletic workouts,” Stover said. “Transportation was provided to students attending the summer programs, allowing more students to attend. There were organizations that provided support to the summer programs. Some programs were 4-H, Extension Office and SAFE. They provided an outstanding curriculum for our students.”
“I want to commend our staff and administration for working this summer to get some of our students caught up. I loved walking through the classrooms and activities areas seeing the excitement in the students while learning,” he added.
With students returning to school there will be organizations collecting donations for school supplies. Anyone who is interested in supporting students in this way can drop off donations at Rockford Town Hall, the Coosa County Board of Education building on Nixburg Road or at Salon 231 in Rockford.
The list of needed school supplies can be found on The Coosa County News’ Facebook page or by visiting the schools’ websites at https://chs.coosaschools.k12.al.us for high school supplies and https://ces.coosaschools.k12.al.us for elementary school.
“We appreciate the communities’ support as we look forward to a year of safe in-person learning that best meets the needs of our students,” stated Stover.
For more information about how to support the Coosa County School System call 256-377-4913.
Parents interested in enrolling their children in Coosa County schools should call the schools directly: Central High School Coosa County at 256-377-1490 or Central Elementary School Coosa County at 256-377-1456.