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Nolin talks about first week back

By Michael Butler

Week one back in school went about as well as Tallassee City Schools interim superintendent Dr. Brock Nolin could have expected.

"Things are going great," Nolin said. "The number of students we've had to send home has been pretty much nil. We had a couple go home with a few symptoms. It turned out they were not related to COVID."

Tallassee opened the 2020 school year on Sept. 8 with a "soft" opening. Students are alternating days in the classroom and at home.

"We're scheduled to roll back in on Sept. 21 with our 70 percent capacity, those that opted for the face learning. Conditions are good right now, barring us having to send teachers or kids home."

It is a fluid situation still, Nolin noted.

"It's day to day, week to week. I will be communicating if any alternate decision is made. If we have to send the classroom home, it will be for a 14-day period. Best case scenario is maintain social distance and if we have to send anyone home it will be a certain child or teacher.

"The 21st will be an interesting day. Huntsville came all in and started experiencing problems. They stepped back and went to this A/B rotation schedule. Me not having a crystal ball, but I'm going to make a prediction. Fast forward three to four weeks, and we're going to have some of that. We'll work through it like everybody else has."

Nolin said when flu season hits, the task of school nurses becomes more difficult.

"The flu and COVID symptoms look very similar. The nurse has to react to them in the same way. The lead nurse has to try and figure out who that person might have been exposed to. We have to keep seating charts in the classroom and on the bus."

Big brother Colt Baker (6) walks with his sister Saige (3) on the first day of school last week