CCS COVID Response Plan

COVID - 19 School Re-Opening Information

  • Parents/Guardians,

    The Cullman City Schools will begin the 2020-21 school year on August 19, 2020 pending guidelines set forth by the Alabama State Department of Education. We are excited to begin the new school year though we will have many challenges ahead of us. Our primary goal is to provide a safe and instructionally sound plan for reopening the Cullman City Schools. We are providing parents two options for their child to receive the best education possible. The Traditional option allows students to return to the school campus and receive face to face instruction, although the school day will look different than in the past. The Traditional option includes a remote opportunity transitioning from campus to online work at home as needed following guidance from the ADPH and CDC to ensure a safe learning environment. The Virtual option allows students to work from home through the Schoology learning platform. Attendance is tracked daily requiring students to log in daily to complete assignments. Grades will be given to determine promotion/retention (same as with Traditional option). With the Virtual option, instruction is directed by a virtual teacher not the classroom teacher. 

    We all must work together to help ensure safety by following guidance from the ADPH and CDC.

    We ask that parents: 

    • Check your children’s temperatures and do not send them to school if 100.4 or greater.
    • Monitor your children for symptoms daily, including cough, congestion, shortness of breath, or gastrointestinal symptoms. Any positives should be kept home from school. 

    Our attendance policy will be revised and shared at a later date. 

    The CCS Central Office has sent out parent surveys via email to determine which educational option parents feel is best for their child. Parents are asked to register for one option by July 17, 2020. You will need to complete a separate form for each student in your family. 

    We want all of our parents to know how much we appreciate thier patience as we navigate our new school year.

    Dr. Susan Patterson


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  • In the FAQ section below, click the question you would like to know more about to see additional information. 


  • Are we still doing virtual day on Wednesday for in school students?

  • Will virtual school students still have option to come on campus for classes like Theater? Drivers Ed?

  • Will the virtual option be available after this school year?

  • Will a teacher actually teach classes or will it be recorded instruction or both --or only assignments to complete?

  • Will some testing be done onsite?

  • Will there be an online training session for parents and/or parents and students?

  • Will there be a way that attendance will be logged by the parent?

  • Is there a portal for parents to monitor work as it is being done, when it is completed, the progress and to request assistance for the student if needed?

  • Will there be text books for virtual students? If so, when and how are they obtained?

  • Will we have to wear masks

  • If I missed the July 17th Deadline to choose a Traditional or Virtual learning option for my child, what do I need to do now in order to ensure my child is properly registered?

  • If we decide to go virtual, would we be able to transition back to traditional, after the first 9 weeks?

  • Is it oblitori for students to attend school?

  • If we do opt into "traditional" enrollment today. Would it be possible for us to change our minds before school begins and opt into "virtual" enrollment?

  • To clarify, if the entire system "flips the switch" to virtual and all EES teachers and students transition to the Schoology system. Would our children, if we had previously opted to enroll in Schoology from day 1, be merged into the local EES virtual classroom - with a locally sourced teacher and local classroom children? Or would our children continue to be segregated into the generic Schoology system because they had not enrolled in the "traditional" setting originally.

Latest Updates

  • Update 7/8/2020

    Posted by Sharon Drake on 7/8/2020

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  • Message from the Superintendent

    Cullman City Schools is taking proactive steps to protect students, employees, and the community from the spread of illness. Our custodians regularly clean and disinfect common surfaces. Our nursing staff will work to remind students and employees of preventative practices. Students and staff will be provided with ample soap and sanitizer to encourage frequent hand washing. Our administrators will remind students and parents to keep students home when an illness is present.

    While Cullman City Schools is sensitive to the concerns surrounding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), we also remain focused on educating our students. At this time, we are continually monitoring levels of infection in our community and in the State of Alabama. We continue to be in contact with the Alabama State Department of Education as well as the Alabama Department of Public Health and will act upon recommendations of these agencies.

    Cullman City Schools will keep students and parents aware of developments that may directly impact our community. Should a concern arise, Cullman City Schools, in conjunction with State and Local officials, will make decisions in the best interests of student and community safety. We ask that if your family is affected by the virus, please contact your school nurse as soon as possible so that measures may be put in place to ensure our students, employees, and the community are protected.

    We appreciate your support in this matter as we work to protect all of our stakeholders.


    Susan Patterson, Ed.D. Superintendent