Muscle Shoals City Schools

December 31, 2020

Alternating Day "Hybrid" Schedule Plan will be in effect Thursday, January 7th to Friday, January 15th 2021

For Muscle Shoals High School & Muscle Shoals Middle School

Muscle Shoals High School and Muscle Shoals Middle School will operate on a hybrid schedule from Thursday, January 7th until Friday, January 15th. The chart below explains which days students will come to school for in-person learning and which days students will learn at home (remotely).


This schedule is subject to continue if deemed necessary by the superintendent in consultation with school nurses, local health officials, and the Board of Education. Please read the details below.

The purpose of this decision is a precautionary transition back to in-person learning following the long holiday break. This will allow for smaller groups and better social distancing.

What does this mean for students at McBride, Highland Park, Webster, and Howell Graves?

Students at McBride, Highland Park, Webster, and Howell Graves who were "in-person" before the Winter Break will continue to attend school in-person on each school day. Students who were virtual before the Winter Break will remain virtual until the end of the current grading period which ends Friday, January 15th. Those who chose to return to in-person learning for the spring semester may do so on Tuesday, January 19th.

In-Person vs. Remote Learning Schedule for MSHS and MSMS

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Explanation of the Chart Above

  • Students with a last name that begins with letters "A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, or L" will attend school in-person on January 7th, January 11th, and January 12th.
  • Students with a last name that begins with letters "M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, or Z" will attend school in-person on January 8th, January 14th, and January 15th.
  • All students at MSHS and MSMS will learn remotely (at home) on Wednesday, January 13th.
  • On days that students do not attend in-person, they are expected to log-on and participate in classes remotely (virtually).

Important for Students to Engage on Remote Learning Days

It is vitally important for students to engage with their teachers and classes on the days that they are learning from home. The teachers will communicate their expectations, and students will be expected to log-on daily to complete assignments and activities. Failure to do so may result in the student being marked absent and/or falling behind in their school work.

Special Circumstances

  • For children in a home with different last names, all children in the home should attend school on the same date as the oldest sibling. For example, if your high school child's last name is Smith and his middle school-aged sister's last name is Jones, then both children may attend in-person on the same day as Smith.

Extracurricular Activities

Extracurricular activities will continue. Students will receive directions and schedules from individual coaches, directors, sponsors, etc.

Students Who Are Already 100% Virtual (Remote)

This schedule does not apply to students who have worked remotely 100% of the time since August. They will continue to work remotely five days a week. This schedule will require traditionally in-person students to also work five days a week, but only two of those will be in-person while the other three days are for remote learning.

Monitor for COVID19 symptoms

Please monitor for the following symptoms, and notify your doctor and school nurse if you exhibit any of them:

Major symptoms: Sudden loss of taste/smell, shortness of breath, a new cough

Minor Symptoms: Fever, body aches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, sore throat

Practice masking, social distancing, and good personal hygiene

We encourage you to continue practicing masking and social distancing. Additionally, please practice good hand washing and respiratory etiquette for coughs and sneezes. Should a family member develop the symptoms listed, please isolate this person from other members of the family.

Future Reminders

End of Grading Period/Semester

The 2nd 9 weeks (first semester) ends on Friday, January 15th.

Transitioning from Remote Back to In-Person

Those who chose the 100% virtual (remote) option this fall will remain virtual until the end of the grading period (January 15). If fall remote learners notified principals of their intent to return to in-person learning by November 20th, they may return to in-person learning on Tuesday, January 19th, following the MLK holiday.
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