Masks will continue to be mandated in Thomasville City Schools

By Barry H. Hendrix
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has stated that the state mandate for wearing masks during the current coronavirus pandemic will end after April 9. However, the Thomasville City School District will continue to mandate the wearing of masks in school buildings through the end of the 2020-2021 school year, said Garth Moss, Thomasville city school superintendent. “That was discussed with all of our employees, and we will continue to enforce the mask mandate in our schools for the remainder of the school year. Folks were comfortable in keeping it status quo.”
Moss spoke March 16 at the monthly meeting of the Thomasville City Board of Education in the Thomasville High School library.
In other action from the March 16 meeting, Avery Ford, chief school financial officer, gave the Financial Report for February 2021.
Payroll totaled $784,707.74, and accounts payable totaled $255,693.82.
• The school system will offer a Summer Learning Academy for at-risk students on June 7-30. Hours will be 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday through Thursday. Classes will be in-person only.
“We will serve both breakfast and lunch,” Moss said. “Bus transportation will be offered.”
Approximately 75 at-risk students have been identified each for Thomasville Elementary School and Thomasville Middle School, and roughly 50 at-risk students have been identified at THS. “Letters will be sent out to parents alerting them that (their children) will have the opportunity to attend.”
THS will also offer summer instruction for students who need to make up a credit.
• The school district will receive a Cognia accreditation review on March 7-10, 2022, Moss said. “We have already started that process with some meetings,” he said.
• Approximately 17 more students in the system will return to in-person instruction beginning on March 29, the superintendent said. The majority of the students will be at TES. The school system currently has 74 percent of students receiving face-to-face instruction.
• The board went into Executive Session for a student hearing at the beginning of the meeting.
• The board approved a 2021 Annual School Budget Amendment No. 1 to make minor changes to revenue and expenditures in both the General and Special Revenue Funds.
• The next meeting of the school board will be at 6 p.m. on April 27 in the THS library.
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