MADISON, Ala. – As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, some schools throughout the Tennessee Valley have transitioned back and forth from virtual to in-person learning throughout the semester.
As parents prepare for the spring semester in one north Alabama district, they have to make a choice for their kids – do they attend fully in-person or fully virtual?
Madison City Schools announced Monday hybrid classes won’t be offered in the spring.
“The feedback we got from our teachers is that it’s really difficult to do. So, we are going to focus on having a virtual platform or a school base platform,” says Superintendent Dr. Ed Nichols.
Madison City Schools will also synchronize classes in the spring.
“We’ve had some challenges getting students engaged we’ve had a challenge the semester getting the material turned in so we feel like that we can have students have a better educational setting if they have some blocks were there synchronized with their teacher,” says Dr. Nichols.
The district says their goal is to get virtual students enrolled with a Madison City Schools teacher, but some classes will be taught by other teachers through the Access or Edgenuity learning platforms.
“We also have our access distance learning that is part of the state so if we can’t schedule a student in a Madison City School teacher class then we have the option of looking at that class with an excess distance learning or another platform,” says Nichols.
Once your child is enrolled in virtual, they cannot change to in-person later in the semester.
Parents in Madison City Schools have until November 30 to choose an option for their student.