Mountain Brook Schools leaders said because of significantly reduced positive and close contacts cases in Mountain Brook, Jefferson County, and the state of Alabama, Mountain Brook Schools has re-evaluated and adjusted the current COVID-19 procedures.
Dr. Eller says they will continue to monitor schools and positive cases closely. The situation and policies can change daily, but their ultimate goal is do all they can to keep students and staff healthy.
The state now has a better idea of how students performed in school during the pandemic. New scores were released for the Alabama Comprehensive Assessment Program. The Alabama State Department of Education is focused on the pandemic, mental health, and academic recovery as another school year with COVID is underway.
The director recorded a Facebook live message Wednesday directed to parents, citing a shortage of truck drivers and manufacturer workers as some of the reasons why they can’t get certain kinds of food.
The debate at school board meetings over topics like in-school instruction, vaccines or masks has reached a fever pitch and state superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey says some incidents have crossed the line.
Creekview Elementary School teacher Ashlee Elliott felt such compassion after talking with a Grandview ICU nurse that she rallied her third grade students and others in her Alabaster community and put together care bags for COVID ICU nurses at Grandview.
Bessemer Schools Superintendent Dr. Autumm Jeter said the students engaged in their First Amendment rights by stepping out of the classroom to protest. Jeter said she and school leaders acknowledge the students’ rights and she thanked them for being peaceful.
Superintendent Dr. Lewis Brooks announced Thursday Shelby County Schools will move to a mask mandate starting on Monday, August 30, 2021. Some parents voiced their opposition Thursday evening during the school board meeting.
TCSS Public Relations Director Terri Brewer said no board members proposed a change to optional mask procedures in Monday’s TCSS board meeting. Superintendent Keri Johnson said that the student COVID positivity rate is currently around 1 percent.
The nationwide workforce crisis is also hitting the education system especially hard. This is all due to a mass exodus of teachers who are tired of dealing with the stress of COVID, and things do not seem to be heading in the right direction.