By Southern Torch Staff
DeKALB COUNTY, Ala. — On Tuesday, DeKalb County Superintendent Dr. Jason Barnett announced that DeKalb County Schools will follow a remote learning schedule after the week of Thanksgiving.
The week of normally scheduled Thanksgiving break is November 23-27 with the remote learning week following from November 30 through December 4. Therefore, students will not attend in-person courses during that week.
In the statement, Barnett said:
The decision was made in part because we understand that our students, faculty and their families are looking forward to gathering together and spending time with loved ones during this Thanksgiving Holiday period. It is our worry that with Thanksgiving on Thursday and families getting together for this holiday through the weekend, partnered with Black Friday, in the week following the holiday, we could see a rise in confirmed cases and subsequently student and faculty exposures. This transition to remote learning the week of November 30th through December 4th should create a time frame where those who contract the virus or may have been exposed during these events have time to be made aware and can act appropriately.
We hope that the Thanksgiving Holiday proves to be a great time of friends and family gathering for you all. I would also encourage you all to take proactive steps to ensure the safety and well-being of all your friends and loved ones as you gather together.