All state K-12 schools to close Wednesday

Published 10:14 pm Friday, March 13, 2020

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– Today, Governor Kay Ivey declared a state of emergency and announced
that all K-12 public schools will be closing at the end of the day Wednesday, March 18, 2020,
and will reopen Monday, April 6, 2020. Dr. Eric Mackey, State Superintendent of Education, will
continue to work with Governor Ivey’s COVID-19 Task Force to evaluate and decide whether
continued closure will be needed and will continue to provide necessary updates.
The Alabama State Department of Education will work with state health officials, local districts,
and other stakeholders to support local communities with continued planning efforts as the
COVID-19 situation evolves in Alabama.
Also, the Alabama State Department of Education has submitted a waiver to the U.S.
Department of Agriculture to allow eligible schools to serve drive-through or grab-and-go meals
to qualifying students during this closure. We will provide updates and also work with schools to
assist them with those plans. Parents and guardians should anticipate receiving specific details
regarding meal distributions from their local school districts.
We appreciate your collaboration as we work together to deal with this difficult issue.