By David L. Bell, Director of Public Relations, Chambers County School District

LAFAYETTE – Following the first confirmed case of a coronavirus infection in the state of Alabama, Chambers County School Superintendent Dr. Kelli Hodge assembled a called meeting Friday that included all school principals and administrators. The meeting was held to establish a specific protocol for addressing all functions of the school system as instructions are received from state health and education officials.


“At the present time, I have instructed principals to inform their teachers that they should begin preparing academic assignments for students to complete at home in the event we are told to close our schools for a period of two weeks or more,” said Dr. Hodge. “Assignments at the high school level would be available both online and in a hard-copy format for students without internet access in their homes.”


“If and when a local, regional, or statewide closure is implemented, that information will be immediately conveyed to the public via social media, mainstream media, and other methods by which notifications are generally distributed,” Hodge added. “Specific instructions would then be given regarding the closure and its anticipated duration.”


“We remain in constant contact with the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE), and the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) for any future updates. Without hesitation, we will act immediately upon any recommendation impacting the health and safety of our students and personnel,” said Hodge.


“The purpose of our meeting Friday was to discuss how to best handle a rapidly evolving situation that protects the health and best interests of our students. Should additional measures become necessary that would involve the disruption or cancellation of scheduled school events, field trips, athletics, etc., we have developed a protocol for addressing those situations as well. Meanwhile, parents should remain attentive for additional information,” Hodge said.