Satsuma City School students return to the classroom

Mobile County

SATSUMA, Ala. (WKRG) — Satsuma City School students return to the classroom Monday morning. But not all of their students are returning right away.

Kindergarten students will not be returning to school Wednesday, their first day back will be next Thursday. That’s because two kindergarten teachers tested positive for COVID-19 more than a week ago. The school system says both teachers tested positive within 24 hours. They did contact tracing and determined the other kindergarten teachers had been exposed and are quarantined.

The school system says about 15-18% of their student body population opted for distance learning this year.

Some parents dropping their students off at school were concerned how their children would adapt to the new school year’s rules.

“I’m mostly concerned for his anxiety level because he doesn’t want to wear a mask and doesn’t like the mask on his face,” said April Brockmiller.

Brockmiller says she’s confident in the school system, and isn’t worried about the virus. She explained, “I’m not really afraid to have him at school because I feel our staff is prepared.”

For the students who will be in the classroom, masks are required for second graders and up, and are to be worn in areas where social distancing can’t be maintained.

“Six foot is the key. With or without a mask, ‘six foot’ is the key,” said Bart Reeves, the Satsuma City Schools Superintendent.

If your child has symptoms, the school system says to keep them at home and notify the school so they can do contact tracing.

“Communication is key. We want to communicate with our parents as quickly as possible, we’ve been giving weekly updates, sometimes updates a couple of times a week,” said Reeves.

The school system is is discouraging bus transportation, but they are sanitizing the buses daily with a fogging system.

Full-time distance learning students should not expect to interact with their teachers until Wednesday.

You can read more about their plans here.

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