On Thursday, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced that she had directed school districts to develop a plan to finish the 2019-20 remotely, effectively closing Alabama public schools for the rest of the school year.
All high school spring sports are also canceled for the remainder of the school year.
Alabama schools, both public and private, have been closed since March 19 after Ivey issued a health order.
Ivey's new proclamation directs schools to find "alternate methods of instruction" for the remainder of the school year starting on April 6.
"We have to maintain the delivery of high-quality instruction through alternative methods," said Ivey.
Alabama State Superintendent Eric Mackey said the outbreak was unprecedented in our time.
"We've never had to shut down so many schools for such a long period of time," he said. "As the governor has said, we certainly are concerned about that long summer slide that may ensue. We are concerned about the lack of internet in some homes, and we're concerned about all the things our parents and teachers and administrators across the state have brought to our attention and they are concerned about. What I want to assure our parents and students, teachers out there is that we are working diligently with our local superintendents and their teams to make sure there is a plan in place for every school, for every child to continue their learning, to close out their school year, to graduate our seniors on time or very close to on time, and by the end of this summer they will be moving on to that next grade or moving on to their next step after high school."