MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. — Marshall County Schools is sending students home until January because of an increase countywide in COVID-19 cases.
Students will transition to remote learning beginning Friday, Nov. 13 until Jan. 5, 2021.
Marshall County Schools Superintendent Cindy Wigley said the district had 12 positive cases last week and 25 this week. As a result, 291 people were self-isolating or in quarantine.
Wigley announced the move to virtual learning Thursday afternoon, not long after telling News 19 that she had also tested positive for COVID-19.
“It’s kind of like when we have flu. We go as long as we can with the number of employees that we have. Like many of our businesses are shorthanded due to COVID effects and so education is much the same. All members of our staff are essential. So, with limited substitutes, we’re unable to continue with in-person traditional learning. Bus drivers, secretaries, CMP lunch rooms staff, teachers, teachers aides, custodians. We have so many that we depend on each day and they’re all are important to achieve our goal and our daily activities,” explained Wigley.
Wigley said the district would send out a schedule for meal pickup to student email accounts.
According to Wigley, schools will be deep cleaned next week. All teachers and staff will report to campus Nov. 30 for training that will help them with live streaming and recording sessions for remote learning.
Families with students receiving special services would be contacted individually about coordinating those services, Wigley said.
Albertville City Schools said in a statement Thursday afternoon the district had no plans to go to remote learning.
Since Sunday, Alabama Department of Public Health statistics show Marshall County has seen 213 new COVID-19 cases.