Alabama schools

UPDATE: Alabama School Dashboard Shows Small Rise in COVID-19 Cases

The Alabama Department of Public Health has released an updated school dashboard of coronavirus cases as of April 23. The latest report shows a increase from last week. Overall, there were 360 COVID-19 cases involving Alabama’s public schools for the week, up from 334 the week before and 257 the week before that. The dashboard doesn’t specify whether the cases…

Alabama School Coronavirus Dashboard for January 29

The Alabama Department of Public Health has released an updated school dashboard of coronavirus cases for January 29. This is the third weekly report of the year. Overall, there are 2,491 COVID-19 cases involving Alabama’s public schools for this week.  The dashboard doesn’t specify whether the cases involve students, teachers or other school employees. School systems are teaching students in…

Alabama School Coronavirus Dashboard for December 18

The Alabama Department of Public Health has released an updated school dashboard of coronavirus cases for December 18. Overall, there are 3,352 COVID-19 cases involving Alabama’s public schools for this week. That is up from 3,255 last week. The dashboard doesn’t specify whether the cases involve students, teachers or other school employees. In the Montgomery metro area, here are the…

Gov. Kay Ivey Reiterates Return to In-Person Classes

  On Tuesday Gov. Kay Ivey  issued a statement, urging school systems to return to in-person classes. View Alabama’s COVID-19 School Dashboard. On Monday, the state set a record of COVID-19 hospitalizations, at 1,717.  Alabama Hospital Association President Dr. Don Williamson, the former longtime state health officer, told Alabama News Network , “Frankly, the next eight weeks, I think, will…

Estimate: Up to Half of Alabama Students Will Attend Classes Remotely This Fall

Alabama State School Superintendent Eric Mackey estimates up to half of the state’s public school students will be attending classes remotely in the fall because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mackey said more than a quarter of students are in systems that are only doing remote classes for the first part of year. He said as many as 15% to 30%…

2.5 Million Face Coverings Ordered for Alabama Schools

The Alabama Department of Education has announced that 2.5 million facial coverings have been ordered for Alabama schools. This will be approximately three masks per staff member and three masks per student. The facial coverings are washable and reusable. Upon consultation with the Alabama Department of Public Health and/or their local public health officials and local elected officials, local school…

Montgomery Public Schools Planning for 2020-2021 School Year

After the release of the Alabama State Department of Education’s (ALSDE) Roadmap to Reopening Alabama schools, Montgomery Public Schools MPS will now finalize the system’s reopening plans. “Since the start of the pandemic, we started thinking about our process of returning to school for the upcoming school year. MPS’s leadership team is working around the clock to address the specific…

Alabama Schools Resume on April 6 Using Alternate Methods of Instruction

Looks like students are headed back to school. Governor Kay Ivey announced today, that on April 6, all K-12 public schools shall implement a plan to complete the 2019-2020 school year. Schools should use alternate methods of instruction as established by State Superintendent of Education, Eric Mackey. Local school districts shall make staffing decisions and determine access to school buildings….

Longtime State School Board Member Ella Bell Dies

Ella B Bell Longtime state school board member Ella Bell has died. She was 71 years old. Bell represented District 5 for 19 years, which includes parts of Montgomery and much of West Alabama. Funeral arrangements have not been announced. “I’ll be in prayer for the family of State Board of Education member, Ella Bell,’ Gov. Kay Ivey said on…

State Releases “Failing Schools List”

The Alabama State Department of Education has released its list of failing schools.  It is required by state law under the Alabama Accountability Act.   In our area, 11 schools in Montgomery Public Schools made the list.  The only other system to have more schools was Birmingham City Schools, which had 16. See more on Montgomery Public Schools Overall, 75…