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Morgan County Schools first week back to school going smoothly

School officials say they've had no COVID-19 cases since school started back on Wednesday, August 12th.

MORGAN COUNTY, Alabama — Whether students are learning remotely or in person this school year, it looks very different for everyone.

Students in Morgan County Schools started back to school last week with social distancing rules in place. School officials say they've had no positive COVID-19 tests since school started back on Wednesday, August 12th.

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Morgan County Schools Board Member, John Holley, said, "So far, so good thankfully. We've had just little issues that you would normally have in a school year starting off, and some of it may be a little magnified since we're dealing with a pandemic."

This year, more parents are dropping off and picking up their kids to avoid sending them to school on a crowded bus. This is causing some schools to have issues with car line.

"I think each day and as we get into the school year, each local school is learning how to alleviate traffic congestion, get kids out of the car, check temperatures, get them into the school building in an efficient manner, so hopefully you know we can solve that. We're working on that," said Holley.

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A big concern before classes began was if children are mature enough to wear their masks properly. For students in Morgan County Schools, it has not been an issue.

"You go back a month ago and people would come up to me and say, you'll never get a second grader to wear a mask all day," said Holley. "They've really adapted very well. You know, it's amazing how resilient our young people are."

While students are missing out on a lot of social time, this school year is also taking a toll on teachers.

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"I feel that there are a lot of teachers kind of doing double duty," said Holley. "They're trying to take care of the traditional and then switch gears and take care of the virtual, but once they can find a way to merge those together, I think it will be better."

Teachers are also working with their students, both virtual and in person, to make sure their mental health is taken care of.

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