Schools Reopening in Alabama: Is It a Good Idea?

The question that is roaming in people’s heads is: “Why are schools reopening in Alabama?” On Friday, State Education Officials released their plans to reopen all schools in Alabama in the upcoming fall, according to Alabama State School Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey. 

Mackey said that this will be the most difficult school year that we have ever faced. The ALSDE is navigating the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. They have created a 50-page plan called the “Roadmap to Reopening Schools” for the next academic year. 

Even though all the state’s schools will reopen with traditional classes, students will have the option to do online classes if they wish to stay at home. On Sunday, a couple of students from Alabama State University shared their thoughts on the reopening of schools. “I feel like it may be a little too soon. At first I was all for it but now with the cases spiking so high like they are, I’m not too sure,” said Amber Summerville. 

She also stated that as long as each school system is using the safety measures needed and have other plans in place, then we should all be fine and be able to progress with life. 

The same thing will be applied to sporting events. Precautions will be set in place and there will be ways to spread out large crowds. “Returning to campus in the fall will be a challenge for everyone but it is a challenge that is worth accepting, said Shanazia Thompson, another student of Alabama State University. 

Students from around the state of Alabama are very nervous about the reopening of schools but they believe that it will be worth it as they return to continue their roads to graduation.