LAMAR CO., Ala. (WTVA) -- The first day of school for students in Lamar County is now going to be later than expected, and a plan to keep students safe is still in the works.
Students will not return to school on the original date of August 5th, instead, they will return on August 13th.
“We’re going to have a traditional opening, we’re hoping that’s what most of our students decide to do,” said superintendent Vance Herron.
With the coronavirus causing safety concerns, students have the option of learning virtually.
However, Herron says internet access is a concern at this time.
“We don’t have good service across our county,” said Herron.
However, he says that is not the biggest concern.
“Right now, our biggest concern is the social distancing for all our students it’s harder to do that with our younger students,” said Herron.
He says at this time face coverings are not required inside the school building but are encouraged.
Herron says schools are relying on parents to keep their children home if they show any signs of sickness.
“We’re going to try and keep it out of our schools as best we can, we’re going to be faced with that challenge all year,” said Herron.
Herron says administrators are still working out the details in the reopening plan but at this time, buses are expected to be a method of transportation for students.