Albertville City Schools pushes back start of school

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ALBERTVILLE, Ala. – Students in Albertville are getting an extra week before heading back to the classroom.

The Albertville City Schools Board of Education approved a calendar revision Wednesday morning that pushes the first day of school for students from Aug. 17 to Aug. 24.

Superintendent Boyd English told WHNT News 19 the reason for the postponement is to give teachers more time to get the virtual guides aligned with the traditional ones.

“We will also be using those pacing guides for our virtual students as well as our traditional students, so they have the same standards that will be taught throughout the school year, hopefully not the whole school year, but as so that when they come back as traditional students, then they’ll be able to step right in and not have missed anything that we’ve covered in the classroom,” Albertville Primary School principal Vanessa Fowler.

“There are so many things you can do within Schoology,” explained second grade teacher Abby Jones. “We can take our traditional resources we’ve used every year and we can load them into Schoology, but it does take time and learning how to upload those things and how to use different online resources to teach those traditional resources. Things like Google classroom will connect to it and we have to learn how to do that also and how to put assignments on there that the students can actually give you the responses to or that you can give feedback to them with. All of those things are stuff that we’re going to have have to learn. Everyone needs to be on the same page so all of the students are getting taught the same way.”

The postponement also gives them more time to finish installing plexiglass barriers to the desks and tables in all of the classrooms.

Click here for more information on upcoming orientation and Chromebook hand outs at Albertville City Schools.

The district said staggered entry days will still work the same, with Aug. 24, 25 and 26 being the staggered days.

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