Auburn City Schools will be going back to some semblance of normalcy when students and staffers return for the 2021-22 school year on Aug. 10.
Wearing masks in schools is optional for both staff and students, and after-hours activities and athletic events will operate using unrestricted seating and spacing, according to the district’s Fall 2021 Return to Learning Plan.
The Return to Learning Plan is a two-page document that includes information about school operations; after hours events; technology; learning options for students (both in-school and virtual); Covid-19 contact tracing and protocols such as handwashing, cleaning and masks; and transportation.
It can be found in the “COVID-19 Information” section under the “For Parents” tab on the district’s website.
According to the plan, students in grades K-8 will participate in traditional in-school learning. Virtual learning is only available to students in grades 9-12.
Students enrolled in virtual learning will use the platform ACCESS to complete their coursework. They must maintain progress in their ACCESS courses in order to continue in the virtual program.
School bus transportation operations will proceed as normal unless otherwise notified by ACS. Students will follow seating protocols established by the bus drivers. Weather permitting, roof hatches and windows will be opened to keep fresh air circulating.
Hand sanitizer will be available in schools and on buses, and custodial staff will routinely sanitize door knobs and handles.
Visitors will be allowed in schools, and should check-in at the front office.
Other highlights of the plan include:
• Elementary students will be able to travel to art, music and computer classrooms
• Elementary after school programs will operate using traditional schedules and activities
• School libraries will be open to students
• Water fountains will be accessible during the day
• School breakfasts and lunches will be free to all students for the duration of the school year
• iPads will be available to students in grades 7-12 for in-school and out-of-school learning. Students in grades K-6 will have in-school access to iPads for in-school learning
The plan also informs parents and guardians that public schools are no longer responsible for contact tracing due to exposure to Covid-19. If a student or staffer is a close contact, they will be contacted directly by the Alabama Department of Public Health and advised on how to isolate or quarantine.
Students are asked to stay home if they exhibit symptoms of infectious illness.
To access the full plan visit: