BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WKRG) — Students in Baldwin County Public Schools return to class today for the first time since the end of winter break. Everyone will be doing distance learning for the first week back in 2021. Instead of coming to school in person behind a desk, everyone will be somewhere else behind a keyboard instead.
Before the winter break, Baldwin County was one of the first school systems in the area to announce the return to school in the New Year would begin with distance learning. This is meant to limit the spread of COVID-19 following holiday gatherings over the break. You may remember following the Thanksgiving break in late November, the district announced they had nearly 250 COVID-related absences district-wide on the first day back.
In an email to parents Monday, superintendent Eddie Tyler wrote that he’s hopeful they won’t have to close any schools this year because of illness. He writes in part “To keep our schools open I’m going to need your help. Please remember to wear your mask, wash your hands and use hand sanitizer. Please remember to encourage your children to behave the same way. Whether you believe this virus is real or not, whether you think it is worse than the flu or not as bad as the flu, washing our hands, wearing our masks and social distancing will make sure that we can keep any level of contagion down and keep our schools operating.”
In-person schooling returns this Monday, January 11th.
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