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School bells will soon be ringing all over the state, but those bells are coming with a lot of changes.

The Alabama Department of Public Health released an 82-page toolkit for school systems so they can make students’ return to their classrooms as safe as possible.

Advice includes social distancing, frequent hand washing, wearing masks and regular COVID-19 testing.

ADPH District Medical Officer on Exposure and Transmission Dr. Karen Landers said that while things are tough, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.

“I am seeing some information that makes me encouraged, but again I’m a scientist,” Landers said. “I deal in facts, figures and medical guidance so I have to look at it objectively. I do think that we certainly are making some progress. It’s small. I think we’re making some progress but we must remain consistent.”

Landers said it’s important to use good, science-based information when making decisions for yourself and your family. It’s also imperative that decisions regarding students in classrooms be made by local school systems, their superintendents and principals because there’s no one-size-fits-all approach.

Read the full toolkit below:


Download the PDF file .

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