List of local back-to-school plans




The Mobile County Public School System announced class will not reopen to students for in-person learning on August 10. The new school year starts September 1st. Classes will be online or remote for the first nine weeks. Once the nine weeks are up, officials will reconsider going back to traditional school.

The school system ordered more laptops and WI-FI units to help with the transition. It will cost MCPSS millions. CARES Act funding will pay for a large chunk of it.

If the district reopens after nine weeks, students have three options: They can attend face to face, remotely, or do virtual learning.


Catholic schools in Mobile County will start as planned on August 12 under the following guidelines:

  1. Schools will reopen as scheduled on Aug 12.
  2. Schools will limit interpersonal contact that is feasible and practical.
  3. Each day, every student and every employee will have their temperature taken with a touchless thermometer upon arrival to the school. Anyone with a fever greater than 100.4 degrees will not be allowed to enter the school.
  4. All schools will have enhanced cleaning, and hand sanitizer will be readily available.
  5. Traditional recess will be discontinued and other activities will take its place.
  6. Students will eat lunch in their classrooms.
  7. With the exception of Pre-K, everyone will wear a mask while at school.
  8. School activities and other extracurricular activities will continue but will be conducted in a matter that is appropriate in relation to COVID-19.


Chickasaw City School District is starting school Aug. 27 with a soft reopening plan. The full reopening plan can be found here.

The soft reopening calendar and full school calendar can be viewed below.


Saraland City Schools will start Aug. 6 and will offer two learning environments parents can select for their child. One that is ‘traditional on-campus’ classroom, or a ‘learn-at-home’ approach. Students are required to wear masks during the school day. A disposable mask will be provided for students who do not have one. Read the full details here.

Read a letter from Superintendent Aaron Miller below:


The first day of school for Satsuma City Schools is Aug. 12. The school system is offering traditional in-person learning or the distance learning option. Masks will be required for students and personnel for in-person learning. An official start date has not been announced. Read the full reopening plan here.


Baldwin County Public Schools will reopen for in-person learning on August 12. Masks will be required, social distancing will be enforced and temperatures of students and staff will be taken daily. Parents have two options: You can either enroll your child in our traditional school at whichever school location for which they are currently zoned or you can elect to enroll your child in Virtual School. For more information, click here.


Gulf Shores City Schools will start classes on August 12. The school is implementing a rotating system for cafeteria and classroom use, and, if appropriate, a student should wear a mask.

Students in grades K-12 have the option to remain at home and attend classes online. Gulf Shores Virtual Academy admission requirements for Gulf Shores residents have been waived for the 2020-2021 school year. Students who select the virtual education option will be required to participate in this program for a minimum of one quarter. At that time, students may transition to traditional school or continue virtual education. Students who participate in virtual education are motivated learners who have access to regular adult support at home to ensure a successful learning experience.

Students with an Individualized Education Plan, Gifted Education Plan, 504 Plan, and/or English Language Learner Plan will receive approved accommodations.

Read the full back-to-school plan here.


Escambia County Schools will have a traditional face-to-face instructional delivery option with a temporary remote learning provision, and a full virtual online/ digital platform option. Virtual school students must commit to at least a nine-week grading period and must be able to provide their own reliable internet access. Masks are required for students riding the bus and are encouraged at school. Read the full plan here.

Below are the start dates:

 Currently Escambia County Schools plans to open schools in a staggered manner to help students and staff have time to review new procedures and learning requirements.
 August 7th 2020, for students with last names beginning with A-G will report to school
 August 10th all students with last names beginning with H-M
 August 11th all students with last names beginning with N-Z.
 August 12th all students will return to school for regularly scheduled classes.
Online virtual
 Virtual students who live in the Atmore area will participate in a Virtual School orientation and final registration August 7, 2020.
 Virtual students who live in the Flomaton / McCall area will participate in a Virtual School orientation and final registration August 10, 2020.
 Virtual students who live in the East Brewton will participate in a Virtual School orientation and final registration August 11, 2020.
 All virtual students will begin classes August 12, 2020.



The Washington County Board of Education voted Thursday night to delay the start of school for students until Aug. 31.

A Facebook post from the school board said Gov. Ivey’s order was one factor in delaying the start date, but not the only factor.

“This will allow all professional development (training) to occur prior to school starting. It will also allow time for virtual school training and programming to be brought up to speed. It will also allow more preparation time for the extra measures that have to be implemented due to the pandemic,” the post stated.

Washington County Schools will start on August 12. The plan includes traditional (face-to-face) instruction as well as virtual (100-percent remote/offsite) instruction. The district is not requiring face coverings for students, but students are encouraged to wear them. Other changes include cafeterias being closed, implementation of “student pods” (groups of students that stay together with the same teachers throughout the school day), and assigned seats on school buses. Read the full back-to-school plan here.


The first day of school for Clarke County is Aug. 31. Students may attend school in one of two ways. Students may attend traditional (in-person) school or students may attend school virtually. If you have not already done so, go to and complete a survey to inform the school of your intentions for your child. We ask parents to have this completed by July 24. Students and personnel will be required to wear face masks for in-person learning. Read the whole plan here.


The first day of school in Monroe County is Aug. 17. In-person and virtual learning will be offered. If a parent decides to opt for virtual learning, they must use their own device and internet. Internet hotspots will be provided throughout the county. Student and employee temperatures will be taken every day, and students are encouraged to wear a mask to school. Monroe Academy goes back on Aug. 13.

Read the full plan below:


The first day of school for students is Aug. 20. The Conecuh County Board of Education is offering a virtual learning option. The school calendar can be found here. Read more in the document below.



The Escambia County School District will begin classes in August 24. Traditional in-person, remote and virtual learning will be offered. The deadline to select an option is July 20. If parents do not select an option, their student will be automatically enrolled in traditional in-person learning. The district is encouraging students to wear face coverings. To learn more about the plan, click here.


The first day of school in Santa Rosa County is August 24. Students will have three options for fall 2020:

  1. Return to in-person, five-days-a-week classroom instruction at their zoned or reassigned school.
  2. Enroll in our full-time virtual school through Santa Rosa Online with a minimum of a one-semester commitment. Call 850-981-7860
  3. Home-Education or enroll in a private school.

Per the Surgeon General’s health advisory, all individuals should wear face coverings in
any setting where social distancing is not possible. For more information, click here.

More information can be found here.


Okaloosa County schools will start Aug. 31. More information can be found here.

Students will have two options: traditional in-person learning and virtual learning. The deadline to register for virtual learning was July 20. Masks are strongly recommended for in-person learning where social distancing is not possible and will be provided for those who need one. More information can be found here.



The George County School District said Wednesday, Aug. 5, that school will start on Aug. 17. A detailed schedule of the starting dates can be found here.

All students, staff, and faculty will be required to wear masks at all times inside our GCSD buildings and facilities, per the Gov. Ivey’s executive order.

The district has extended the deadline for all distance learning applications, and they must be turned in to the local schools by 3 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 6.

Visit the district’s website and social media for the latest information.


Greene County schools will start Monday, Aug. 17, and pre-K will start Aug. 24. The school district has also extended the deadline for distance learning to Aug. 7. The form is available on our website at under the Parent’s COVID-19 Section.

On Aug. 4, Gov. Tate Reeves issued an executive order that delayed school in 10 counties across the state, in grades 7 through 12. Additionally, he issued a statewide mask mandate that includes all businesses, and schools, including teachers and students for two weeks.

While Greene County was not one of the counties ordered to delay, the school board decided to delay the start of school for all grades.

Greene County Schools is offering traditional in-person as well as distance learning.


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