Watch the full press confernce
Today, Thursday, March 26, 2020, in a press conference, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey announced that all Alabama Public Schools K- 12 would be closing for the remaining part of the 2019 - 2020 school year. During the press conference, Governor Ivey was joined by Alabama State Superinednet Dr. Eric Mackey and Alabama State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris.
“This decision has not been made lightly,” said Governor Ivey.
Previously, Alabama Public K-12 schools were closed on March 19, 2020, due to a public health order to try and stem the growth of COVID-19 and were set to possibly reopen on Monday, April 6, 2020.
At the press conference, Governor Ivey stated that she is issuing a supplement to her state of emergency. The new supplement contains the following language :
“Beginning at the start of school on April 6, 2020, all public K-12 schools shall implement a plan to complete the 2019-2020 school year using alternate methods of instruction as established by the State Superintendent of Education. Local school districts shall make staffing decisions and determinations related to access to school buildings in accordance with all applicable public health orders and the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Alabama Department of Public Health.”
“We are working diligently with our local superintendents and their teams to make sure there is a plan in place for every school,” Mackey said, “for every child to continue their learning to close out their school year, to graduate our seniors on time or very close to on-time, and by the end of this summer they will be moving on either into that next grade or moving on to their next step after high school,” stated Alabama State Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey.
Dr. Mackey said the school year will technically end on June 5 and that all extracurricular activities and spring athletics are canceled for the remainder of the school year. Schools could hold graduation ceremonies later in the summer if health conditions permit, according to Dr. Mackey.
Dr. Mackey will be meeting with superintendents on Friday, March 27, 2020, to begin making plans for how learning will continue on April 6.
Alabama Department of Education does not regulate private schools, those decisions are left up to the administrators of those private schools.
“To all the parents listening, this is a wonderful opportunity for you and your children to get a little bit closer than you’ve had time in the past.”
Stay up to date with the latest COVID-19 news by visiting: https://governor.alabama.gov/newsroom/covid-19/.
More information is available about COVID-19 is available on the Alabama Department Of Healths website at https://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/infectiousdiseases/2019-coronavirus.html and at the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Read the full State Of Emergency Proclamation on the Governor’s website at https://governor.alabama.gov/newsroom/2020/03/fourth-supplemental-state-of-emergency-coronavirus-covid-19/?fbclid=IwAR3ulqAUKx7ICqeOytOCIUZdFGA_1Xi1w1jSA1PAP7vHrFBQN77fUxPmE4g
Copy Of 4th Supplemental State Of Emergency COVID 19