Birmingham City Schools Will Begin The Year Online



Students at Birmingham City Schools will begin the academic year completely online. During a press conference Wednesday, interim superintendent Mark Sullivan said BCS will implement its remote learning plan for the first nine weeks of the school year. Sullivan said school leaders will reevaluate conditions towards the end of the grading period. He said remote learning is the best option to maintain a safe environment for students.

“We have worked tirelessly to ensure that this online learning process is a process where students can get a quality education,” he said.

Sullivan said BCS will provide students with a hotspot if they have limited or no internet access. The district has at least 25,000 students. Sullivan said BCS has invested more than $10 million on digital devices since the beginning of the pandemic and the school board is prepared to invest more if needed.

BCS joins a growing list of school districts that will begin the year with remote learning. Montgomery, Huntsville, Bessemer and Tuscaloosa recently made similar announcements as the coronavirus continues to threaten communities across the state.

Sullivan’s announcement comes less than a week after BCS officials announced four options to begin the school year. Sullivan referenced data from the Alabama Department of Public Health, saying it guided his decision that remote learning is the best option for teachers, students and staff.

BCS classes begin on August 24.


An inside look at an AP African American Studies class

As Southern political leaders continue to take aim at critical race theory in education, students at Baton Rouge Magnet High call the AP pilot class empowering.

Volunteers are driving in to offer hot meals, necessities to Mississippi tornado survivors

The gym of a Rolling Fork school has become a makeshift hub to get much-needed emergency aid, meals and hope for thousands affected by the tornadoes.

UAB tops Utah Valley, sets up Conference USA showdown in NIT

UAB beat Utah Valley 88-86 in overtime to set up an all-Conference USA final in the NIT. UAB will face North Texas for the fourth time this season on Thursday for the NIT championship.

As midwifery evolves, this Mississippi museum is preserving the history of granny midwives

Granny midwives were some of the first to universalize the practice of midwifery in the South. A permanent installation hopes to share their history.

In Rolling Fork, a congregation comes together to save a century-old church

After a deadly EF-4 tornado, a Mississippi town finds hope in the hands of volunteers.

‘We’re going to help them’: How Mississippians are banding together after a devastating tornado

Officials, aid organizations and volunteers sprung into action on Saturday to help Mississippi begin rebuilding in the aftermath of a powerful tornado.

More Education Coverage