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School Operations Plan Update from the Superintendent

September 17, 2021 -- Good afternoon VHCS families,

I want to update you on our health and wellness plan. The VHCS COVID-19 Data Dashboard shows a very encouraging trend of decreases in COVID-19 cases which is consistent with decreases in Jefferson County and surrounding areas. Those trends have continued this week, and we have evaluated this data to determine adjustments to our plan. 

Beginning Monday, September 20, face masks will be optional for staff, students, and visitors. 

In my weekly letter on Monday, I will provide additional information about our data. Summary points to our updated plan are included below. As always, VHCS remains committed to providing a learning environment for students that is both safe and nurturing.

Summary Points:

  • Face masks will be optional for staff, students and visitors effective Monday, September 20.
  • Notification letters will continue to be sent home to students when they have a known potential exposure to a positive while at school. 
  • We will continue to have reduced capacities in cafeterias, limit large indoor gatherings, and observe physical distancing as much as practical.
  • We will continue to emphasize the 4Habits 4Health practices, especially the importance of students and staff staying at home when they are sick. COVID-related absences are excused. 
  • Indoor air quality and cleaning/disinfecting remain critical components of our health and wellness plan. 


Todd Freeman, Ed.D.
Vestavia Hills City Schools