The Tuscaloosa County School System has announced its plans for the 2021-22 school year, indicating that a return to normalcy is underway. 

Terri Brewer, the Director of Public Relations for the system, spoke to The Tuscaloosa Thread about TCSS' current plans. 

During the 2020-21 school year, the system has been operating based on health orders and state regulations. Since there is no longer a mask mandate, there will not be a requirement to wear masks on campuses for the upcoming school year. 

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In the spring, TCSS was able to fall back on COVID-19 restrictions based on new state and local regulations, and they will continue to follow this trend in the coming months. Classes will be in full capacity five days a week, just as a normal school year would permit. 

There is an option for remote learning for high school students. However, it is the same virtual learning program that was in place before the pandemic for individuals who met the qualifications.

Extracurricular activities will return to normal, bringing excitement to both staff and students to have a long-awaited sense of normalcy and a full school experience. 

“There is a lot of excitement about returning to normal, and participating in activities," Brewer said. "Valuable lessons were learned last year during a difficult time, but we are glad we are moving back to a situation we are used to."

There will not be any required COVID-19 re-entry testing for students. Brewer attests that sanitization procedures will continue to ensure healthy practices and safety among students.

Additionally, TCSS just announced that students will receive free breakfast and lunch for the 2021-2022 school year. 

To keep up with TCSS check up on their website and social media.

For information on return-to-school plans for Tuscaloosa City Schools, click here.

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