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).
- Tuscaloosa City Schools will reopen for all students on August 12, 2021.
- 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).
- Masking is required for all staff, students, and visitors in all schools and offices from August 12 through September 10, 2021.
- Masks are required on all school buses.
- Schools will be required to report suspected and diagnosed cases of COVID-19 to ADPH.
- Individuals who test positive or are diagnosed with COVID-19 will quarantine for 10 days.
- 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.
- All individuals should practice frequent handwashing and respiratory etiquette.
- 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.
- Routine, extensive cleaning will take place in all learning environments, buses, and office spaces.
- At this time, there are no restrictions on attendance at extracurricular activities.
- 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.