Back To School

Public schools in Alabama are closing for more than two weeks starting next week.

The announcement comes as a second person has tested positive for coronavirus, this time in Jefferson County.

Schools affected are all public schools serving kindergarteners through 12th-graders. Private schools are not affected by the closure.

Alabama Schools Superintendent Eric Mackey said the state Board of Education is working on a plan with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to continue food service for students who may not have access to food at home during the closures.

The closures start at the close of business March 18, and will be in effect through early April, Mackey said. Because Alabama is in a state of emergency, students will not have to make up those missed days.

That start date gives parents time to find alternate arrangements for their children, Mackey said.

“We didn’t want to do something that was too quick because we know parents need to make those decisions for their children,” he said.

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