Alabama reports almost 9,200 coronavirus cases in schools

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama schools reported nearly 9,200 coronavirus cases in students and staff in the past week.

A state dashboard was updated Friday with information from 84 of the 143 school districts. The surge is causing more schools make a temporary switch to remote learning.

Superintendent Eric Mackey says the statewide spike in COVID-19 cases comes as schools were opening the academic year, creating a difficult mix.

He says scores of schools are closed to in-person instruction.

Mackey says they are trying to avoid long closures because upcoming test scores are expected to show student achievement declined last year with closures.

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9/4/2021 3:09:54 PM (GMT -5:00)

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