Return to Learn

  • As Tuscaloosa City Schools begin the 2021-2022 school year, the following guidance is offered based on recommendations from the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and prevention (CDC).


    1. Tuscaloosa City Schools will reopen for all students on August 12, 2021.
    2. All students are expected to attend school in-person unless approved for homebound services or approved to attend the virtual learning program (grades 9-12).
    3. Masking is required for all staff, students, and visitors in all schools and offices from August 12 through September 10, 2021.
    4. Masks are required on all school buses.
    5. Schools will be required to report suspected and diagnosed cases of COVID-19 to ADPH.
    6. Individuals who test positive or are diagnosed with COVID-19 will quarantine for 10 days.
    7. Subject to the following exclusions, school officials will notify individuals who are close contacts to a diagnosed COVID-19 case as soon as possible. Asymptomatic close contacts who are vaccinated will not need to quarantine.
    8. All individuals should practice frequent handwashing and respiratory etiquette.
    9. All students and staff who have symptoms of COVID-19 should remain at home and be referred to their healthcare provider for testing and care.
    10. Routine, extensive cleaning will take place in all learning environments, buses, and office spaces.
    11. At this time, there are no restrictions on attendance at extracurricular activities.
    12. We will continue to partner with local health service agencies and ADPH, to provide vaccination clinics.

    Note: Tuscaloosa City Schools may modify this guidance based on changes to the ADPH and CDC recommendations or as conditions may warrant.