From The Tribune staff reports
MONTGOMERY — Efforts to reopen the classroom this fall continue, as State Superintendent of Education, Dr. Eric Mackey, and State Health Officer, Dr. Scott Harris, provided updates concerning COVID-19 on Friday, June 26.
During a morning news conference, Mackey and Harris outlined the Roadmap to Reopening Schools—a plan that is currently being studied by the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA).
“This is going to be the most difficult school year we have ever faced and will be the most difficult ever to get through, but we are determined to do it,” said Mackey on Friday.
The Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE), in conjunction with the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), developed its plan as a guidance document for the upcoming school year which is designed to help meet the health and safety challenges Alabama’s schools are currently facing concerning COVID-19.
“We appreciate Dr. Mackey and his staff for their tireless efforts. I am looking forward to working with school administrators and with the AHSAA Football and Fall Sports committees which meet on July 7 in addition to the Alabama Football Coaches Association on July 8 to discuss the ALSDE Roadmap and the ADPH guidelines,” said AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese. “The AHSAA will continue to study and produce “Best Practices” and will present the recommendations to the Central Board at its July 22 meeting. The AHSAA is looking forward to hosting the Kickoff Classic at Cramton Bowl, which kicks off the 2020 football season Aug. 20-21.”