At the noon Enterprise City School Board meeting on Sept. 14 Enterprise Superintendent Greg Faught addressed the COVID-19 numbers at ECS.
According to Faught, as of Sept. 11, ECS had 23 documented positive COVID-19 cases among the student body and nine employees that had tested positive. Faught said that moving forward the Alabama Department of Public Health would be recording positive cases by school district soon.
“We’ve been told of situations where children or adults may have been quarantined and counted positive without actually having been tested,” Faught said. “I don’t know that that’s happening or is true but we’ve been told that. So, those (ADPH) numbers are probably going to be different.”
Faught said that he didn’t want to cause confusion in the community if the school were to release numbers that differ from the ADPH.
Assistant State Health Officer Dr. Karen Landers confirmed to The Sun that ADPH was in the process of designing a dashboard that will list the positive COVID-19 cases by school district – much like the state dashboard for each county – but there was no timetable for when this new dashboard would be finished and rolled out.
Faught also addressed the virtual learning aspect of the school year and applauded ECS teachers for their work.
“I’ve had a lot of really good conversations with teachers, custodians, principals, you name it, over the last several weeks with regards to school and how that’s going. What I’m hearing is that virtual learning and distance learning is difficult,” Faught said. “There are a lot of processes in place for teachers, and there are a lot of processes in place for students. We have students that are doing fine and we have students who have not logged in yet.
“The teachers have done a marvelous job. They’re really creative. Some of the things I’ve seen that my children are working on are really, really good, but it’s been difficult for them to learn because they’re learning on the fly. There is a constant stream back and forth and it can be really overwhelming for everyone.”
While this school year has been difficult, Faught said he believes the school will be much better off instructionally.
“When we get on the other side of this we’re going to be so much better off instructionally for having this tool in our pouch, if you want to look for a silver lining,” he said. “It is preparing them for college. I have one in college, and she’s doing virtual and blended kind of like we’re doing at the high school and junior high schools, so this is going to be a part of our future whether we want it or not. What our teachers and administrators are doing is really impressive, in my opinion.”
The next regularly scheduled school board meeting is Sept. 29 at 6 p.m.