Muscle Shoals City Schools
June 4, 2021
Updates to School Operations for Summer 2021 and Beyond
This is a modified school operations plan for summer 2021 and the opening of the 2021-2022 school year.
As school opens in the fall, please know that MSCS will continue to implement practical health and wellness procedures in coordination with the State Department of Education and the Department of Public Health.
This plan details the modifications to the health protocols implemented during the 2020-2021 school year. This plan IS NOT intended to be comprehensive of all the precautions that MSCS will take as we move into summer and beyond.
As we continue to learn more about COVID-19, we acknowledge the seemingly ever-changing aspect of guidance we receive from state and federal health officials. Hence, this plan is subject to change without notice, but as always, your child's safety and wellbeing are of utmost importance as we also work to provide a high quality educational experience.
As we have done for over a year now, we will continue to monitor the community spread of COVID-19 and alert you to any changes impacting school operations and the opening of school in August.
Back to Traditional Learning Platforms
Students in grades 9th-12th grade electing to learn virtually/remotely, must adhere to the established Muscle Shoals board policy on virtual learning which includes the following requirements:
Student Eligibility Criteria – Students who meet the following requirements are eligible to participate in the virtual school program:
Must meet all enrollment guidelines for attending the Muscle Shoals City Schools and remain in good standing
Have consistent, daily access to the Internet
Be on track for graduation having earned necessary credit in each core area of study - English, Math, Science, and Social Science - and other requisite courses needed for a particular diploma type
Have and maintain an overall B average
Demonstrate a proficiency in reading/comprehension and computer navigation skills
Possess a strong work ethic and be self motivated
Have no more than five (5) unexcused, full-day absences during the previous academic year
Disciplinary record must contain no expulsions or Class III behavioral offenses (which may include excessive Class II offenses).
The virtual learning option for 9th-12th grade existed prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
District Health Protocols (As of 6/1/2021)
Screening - Parents should continue to screen children at home for signs or symptoms of any illness. As always, a child with a temperature of 100.4 shall remain at home and will not be permitted to return to school for 24 hours after the temperature is back to normal.
Facial Coverings (Masks) - Recommended but not required. Masks are particularly recommended for those who have not received the COVID-19 vaccine.
Social Distancing - When possible, the ideal distance to prevent/slow the spread of viruses is 6 feet. There is evidence to suggest that, in the absence of a 6 foot space barrier, distances as little as 3 feet provide a level of protection, particularly for children.
Personal Hygiene - Hand sanitizer will be available in each classroom and throughout the hallways of each campus. Staff will constantly encourage hand washing and proper ways to sneeze and cough to slow the spread of germs.
Water Fountains - will be open, but staff and students are encouraged to bring their own water to minimize use and touching of water fountains.
Exposure, quarantines, and contact tracing - we will follow the latest guidance from the Alabama Department of Public Health.
COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
Information on the COVID-19 Vaccine (ADPH)
Information on the COVID-19 Vaccine (CDC)
Getting Your Vaccine (CDC)
ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL PROCEDURES
SUPPORTING VULNERABLE POPULATIONS
There will be a systematic review of all current student plans (e.g., Individual Healthcare Plans, Individualized Education Plans, or 504 Plans) for accommodating students with special needs, and their plans will be updated as needed.