Coronavirus & Crisis Contingency Plan - Updated 4-2-20
Huntsville City Schools is taking the health and well being of our students and staff seriously. As a proactive measure, our Health Services and Facilities Departments are monitoring student illness and providing additional cleaning in our buildings as needed. Also, we continue to work closely with the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) for the latest guidance and recommendations regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19), influenza, and other infectious illnesses/diseases.
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April 2 Update
Thanks to two corporate partners, Huntsville City Schools (HCS) will be extending the WiFi range outside every school campus for students to access the internet while schools are closed.
ADTRAN will be providing students at the district's more than 40 schools with the ability to receive WiFi within 300 yards outside each school building. Huntsville Utilities crews are supporting the district by working with ADTRAN and the HCS I.T. team to complete the installations.
Superintendent Christie Finley and representatives from both organizations made the announcement during a virtual press conference on Wednesday.
"Unprecedented times call for unprecedented ideas," Finley said. "We thank both ADTRAN and Huntsville Utilities for answering that call with this significant investment in the students of Huntsville City Schools."
Crews are working to have the installations completed if weather permits prior to the district's first day of blended learning on Monday, April 6, 2020.
"The teams and volunteers are working hard to finish the project so that our community's children can finish this school year online," said Gary Bolton, Vice President of Global Marketing at ADTRAN. "It's another wonderful Huntsville community effort."
McDonnell Elementary marked the first school where the installation was completed on Wednesday.
"Nobody can mobilize like we can, and nobody is more ready to serve our community than we are, said Joe Gehrdes, Director of Community Relations at Huntsville Utilities. "The men and women at Huntsville Utilities are very happy to be part of this project, very happy to support the students in Huntsville, and we hope this helps solve a problem for them and Huntsville City Schools moving forward."
April 1 Update
Huntsville City Schools (HCS) leaders are continuing to work in conjunction with health officials after learning a second HCS employee has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). The second confirmed case involves a teacher at Huntsville Junior High School.
HCS notified families and staff members at the school. The last known date the teacher was at school was Monday, March 16, 2020.
Families are encouraged to self-monitor for symptoms of coronavirus including fever, dry cough, body aches and shortness of breath.
Additionally, families are recommended to continue practicing social distancing by remaining at home unless it involves work or obtaining essential items such as food and medicine. Anyone exhibiting one or more of these symptoms should call a medical professional immediately.
Any HCS families who receive a positive test for COVID-19 are asked to contact HCS Nursing Coordinator, Andrea Penn.
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