The Russellville Independent school board voted this week on a new plan for school reopenings.

The plan is very similar to the one unvieled last week by Logan County schools and also closely mirrors several other area districts.

“We’re trying to be as close to each other as we can,” RIS interim superintendent Leon Smith said. “We just had to make a few tweaks for things specific to our district. We have been working closely with Logan County, Muhlenberg County and Todd County. It’s been a five county-area and we have all been sharing our thoughts and ideas about the best way to go about reopening the schools.”

Some of the things that will be necessary include temperature checks, masks required for students while riding buses, in hallways and while seated in class if social distancing of at least 6-feet cannot be achieved.

The plan also calls for the first day of school to be Aug. 26 — but all plans at this point are subject to change due to the nature of the pandemic.

“This is a very fluid situation,” Smith said. “I would ask people to frequently check our district website and we will try to send out news of any major adjustments if we have to make them.”

There will also be school-specific plans available soon on the website for Stevenson Elementary, Russellville Middle School and Russellville High School.

“We are vetting those right now and hope to have them up by the end of the day Friday,” Smith said.

The district is also asking all parents to go onto the district website before Aug. 7 to sign up students for either in-person or virtual learning.

“We need to have a period of planning once we see what the numbers are going to look like so we are really going to need them to do that by Aug. 7,” Smith said. “We need to be able to figure out how we can best set up our classrooms and staff as well as address the number of students that elect to stay home and learn through our virtual academy.”

So far the district has had a little over 300 students register and is seeing a similar ratio of in-school to virtual students as Logan County superintendent Paul Mullins reported last week.

“We’re very close to what they are seeing,” Smith said. “So far we’ve had about 80% of our students say they want to attend in person and about 20% choosing virtual.”