Selma City Schools propose moving first day of school back to Aug. 24, starting classes online

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Selma City Schools Superintendent Avis Williams has announced plans to recommend the Board of Education move the first day of school back to Aug. 24.

In an open letter, Williams said the district has surveyed parents and teachers and determined the school year should start with remote and virtual learning on Aug. 24 instead of Aug. 10.

Williams said teachers shared concerned for their safety and parents were uncertain about their children being able to learn while wearing masks all day.

“As I listen to teachers, their concerns are even more pronounced,” Williams said in the editorial. “Many feel as though they are not being heard and that their health and well-being are not valued. They express legitimate concerns about their own personal wellness and safety.”

That will be included in the “Return to Excellence: Team Selma’s Plan for Reopening Schools” plan she presents to the Selma City Schools board of education on Tuesday. On Thursday, Williams plans to host a virtual meeting with employees to discuss what the board approves.