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Review: Alabama school district plans lack closure details

July 20, 2020 GMT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A review of Alabama school districts’ plans for reopening during the coronavirus pandemic finds that few districts provide clear guidance about what would force them to close schools again.

AL.com says the plans instead refer to guidance from local health officials and the Alabama Department of Public Health.

The newspaper says more than half of the state’s 138 districts have unveiled plans for how to start the new school year. Its review of those plans found nearly all give parents the choice of sending kids to the classroom or having them learn virtually.

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Most also lay out in detail how the district would respond to a child or teacher bringing the virus to school.

Baldwin County is one of a few districts that have plans to screen students for a fever at school. Many plans require students to wear masks when riding the bus.

But the newspaper says what level of virus spread would trigger districts to close again is generally less clear.

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