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

Traditional In-Person Learning. All students in grades PreK-8th will be required to attend school in-person. There will be no virtual or hybrid options for MSCS students below 9th grade.

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


In accordance with CDC guidance, those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can (unless otherwise restricted) resume activities that they did prior to the pandemic, resume activities without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart, and do not need to isolate if they are around someone who has COVID-19 as long as they remain asymptomatic. In general, people are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or two weeks after the single dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

Information on the COVID-19 Vaccine (ADPH)
Information on the COVID-19 Vaccine (CDC)

Getting Your Vaccine (CDC)

Find A Vaccine (CDC)
After You Are Vaccinated (CDC)

International Travel

MSCS will follow CDC guidance on international travel for all students and staff. It is important to note that CDC does not recommend international travel until you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.The link below contains recommendations for fully vaccinated people and unvaccinated people.

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Each school will communicate arrival and dismissal procedures.


Each school will communicate scheduling plans.


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.

Extracurricular Activities

Normal operations with facial coverings recommended and social distancing when feasible.

Assemblies and Special Events

Normal operations with facial coverings recommended and social distancing when feasible.

Visitors on Campus

We intend to return to most normal operations with respect to visitors on campus. Facial coverings and social distancing when feasible will be recommended. However, as with many things, COVID-19 taught us some "good lessons" in several areas. Of course, we want our campuses to have lots of parent/community engagement, but the lessons from the pandemic also helped us see some areas where we can make our schools safer and more efficiently organized for our students, parents, and staff. Stay tuned as we will communicate any and all changes to procedures and expectations related to visitors on campus prior to school opening in August.

Bus Transportation

Normal operations with facial coverings recommended and social distancing when feasible.

Meal Service

Normal operations with facial coverings recommended and social distancing when feasible.

Cleaning Protocols

Normal operations.

Use of lockers

Normal operations.


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