Four days a week


The Oneonta City Board of Education met for its regular monthly meeting Monday afternoon. As the system approaches the end of its first nine-week grading period, the board discussed transitioning from the current hybrid plan to a traditional learning plan.

In his remarks to the board, faculty, and parents present at the meeting, superintendent Daniel Smith said, “I feel like this system has worked well. We have only had 10 positive COVID tests since school started.

“We have continued discussions with the Alabama Department of Public Health and the State Department of Education and we believe that following their guidance has helped keep our students and our teachers healthy.”

Smith then proposed that starting Oct. 14, the middle and high schools transition to four days a week for in-person instruction. Monday will continue to be a system-wide remote day. Those students who opted for the traditional plan in grades kindergarten through 12th will attend school Tuesday through Friday.

Nothing changes for students who chose the remote option. Contracts that parents signed prior to enrollment in the remote system explained that students choosing that path would only be allowed to opt into the traditional plan at the end of the first semester.

After approving Smith’s proposal, the board also approved:

• continued enrollment of two OES non-resident students.

• 1 p.m. dismissal on Oct. 16 for homecoming festivities.

• OCS District Accountability Chart.

• facilities use agreement for the Oneonta Police Department/FOP gospel concert on Dec. 12.

The board meets the last Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m.