Parent’s Guide to Alabama’s Roadmap to Reopening Schools

  • Alabama State Department of Education Alabama Achieves Logo In looking forward to the 2020-2021 school year, we know many challenges lie ahead, but it is the intention of the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) that all schools reopen this fall under the following guiding principles.


    The Alabama Roadmap encompasses three focus areas and assists systems in navigating the status of campus availability with guidance for now and when students are back on campus.

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Guiding Principles

  • Five principles should guide all planning, decision making, and execution of plans to return to school in the 2020-2021 school year.

    1. We will be transparent. We will share what we know and what we do not know and be clear about what we can control and what is outside of our control.

    2. We will be equitable. We will center decisions on what is best for all students, families, and educators.

    3. We will listen. We will bring together diverse stakeholders and experts to understand realities on the ground and to surface creative solutions.

    4. We will put safety first. We will leverage science, data, and public health leadership to inform the choices we make.

    5. We will be decisive. Given the size and scope of the challenge, we must move deliberately and make tough choices. We may need to adapt and if so, we will adapt quickly.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are the ALSDE recommendations mandatory?

  • Will campuses reopen for in-person instruction?

  • Who will determine if my local campus stays open?

  • What are some things that might be different on campuses?

  • What kind of precautions will schools have to take?

  • What remote learning opportunities might be available?

  • What if I do not have Internet at home?

  • What can I do to help?

  • What is being done to close the digital divide for Alabama’s students?

  • Will extracurricular activities be allowed?

Alabama State Department of Education: Roadmap to Reopening

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