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Dothan City Schools Announces 2020-2021 Reopening Plan

DOTHAN, AL- On June 26, 2020, using guidance provided by State Superintendent of Education, Dr. Eric Mackey, and the Alabama State Department of Education, Dothan City Schools has formulated a plan to continue instruction for students of Dothan City Schools in the upcoming 2020-2021 school year.

Dothan City Schools created this plan to help navigate the reestablishment of our schools where employees, students, and families feel safe and reduce the impact of COVID-19 conditions upon returning to the district. The guidelines referenced in this plan are based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), Alabama Governor's Office, and the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE).

Dothan City Schools has been careful to create a plan to reopen schools with an eye toward flexibility. Our intent is the reopening of school in a traditional fashion. Naturally, any plan is contingent on the track that the coronavirus takes and also on complying with any executive or statewide orders. 

Dothan City Schools will offer parents a dual instruction approach, Traditional and Remote/Virtual. Parents can send their children to school in the traditional model, or parents may choose to keep their children at home and participate in remote/virtual instruction. If parents choose the remote/virtual approach, students will be enrolled from the beginning of school to the end of the first nine (9) weeks. At that time, they can continue virtual or reenter traditional schools.

Dothan City Schools has elected to begin school a week later than originally expected. Dothan City School teachers will begin on August 11, 2020, and students will start on August 17, 2020.

Dothan City Schools has established a website to allow parents to view their Reopening Plan and select their student's learning options. The website can be found at

We appreciate the patience and cooperation of our families and stakeholders as our leadership and educators work together to provide an instructional connection between our schools and our students.

We hope our families continue to stay safe and healthy at this time. In the coming days, please be on the lookout for communication from your schools, and if you should have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to your schools.