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A Message from Dr.Suzanne Lacey - Oct. 2, 2020

October 2, 2020

Dear Parents,

During the first nine weeks, students enrolled in Talladega County Schools began the 2020-2021 school year on the blended learning model out of an abundance of caution for the safety and well-being of both our students and staff members.  For students desiring full-time remote instruction, the Beacon Virtual Academy was developed and has been well attended with approximately 1700 students choosing this option.

The first nine weeks will conclude on October 16.  After reviewing feedback collected from various stakeholders, it is my decision for students in Talladega County Schools to remain on the blended learning model through the end of the second nine weeks.  The safety and well-being of students and staff members remains top priority.

Students attending the Beacon Virtual Academy may remain as full-time remote learners or return to school on the blended learning model by completing the BVA Intent Form. The second nine weeks will begin on October 19 for all students.

The blended learning model has afforded each school the opportunity to practice social distancing at the highest level combined with other safety protocols while maintaining a robust academic program.  Moving forward with the anticipation of a segment of virtual learners returning to the blended model, social distancing will continue to be practiced as feasible.  Masks/face coverings will be required for all students six years of age and older as mandated by Governor Kay Ivey.  All sanitation protocols will remain in place to ensure the cleanliness of both our school facilities and school buses.  

I appreciate your patience as we navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic.  Our administrators, teachers, and support staff remain committed to providing a quality education despite the challenges we face due to the pandemic.  The COVID-19 Tracker will remain accessible for your convenience as a means to check your child’s school status regarding positive COVID cases.  For more information regarding access to the tracker, contact your school administrator.

The ultimate goal is to return to full time traditional learning in January 2021. 


Suzanne Lacey, Ed.D.


For information about TCBOE's Blended Learning model, please see the information below or click here

Blended Learning Model