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County schools see decrease in COVID-19 numbers

By: Donnamy Steele

As many school systems in Alabama are leaning toward virtual learning for the remainder of the school year, Covington County Schools plan to remain traditional.

Some areas in the state have rapidly growing covid-19 cases which has influenced these decisions, although Superintendent Shannon Driver explained that Covington County has seen a decrease in cases as of recent.

Driver said that CCS are still in a pretty good place as far as covid-19 numbers with cases dropping significantly in comparison to the beginning of the school year.

“We have not seen any significant increases in local schools,” Driver said. “In fact, we had a significant decline in cases in our schools this past week. We are reporting to the Alabama Department of Public Health dashboard weekly now with cases in schools and we were down considerably, so right now I think the protocols we have in place now and what everyone is doing is having a positive effect with low spread and no new numbers.“

Things can change very quickly, but right now things are looking good in the schools, Driver said. Although a number of students are still using the virtual learning option, most students are in the classroom and things are going well according to the superintendent.

“We know they are rising across the state, but right now we aren’t seeing that here. We feel good about that and we know things could change, but right now we plan to continue in person with education and hopefully we will be able to do that. We do have a good number of students who are still utilizing the virtual options, but a great number are still in the classrooms.”