Alabama schoolchildren will return to face-to-face instruction after the Thanksgiving. That’s the preference of the state’s school superintendent. Eric Mackey position comes despite a 50% surge in COVID-19 cases in the state’s schools between November 6th and the 13th. Alabama’s coronavirus outbreak is surging, with the State Hospital Association declaring the pandemic to be “out of control.” main in-person. Mackey says individual schools could switch to all virtual learning as a last resort. This happened temporarily in Alexander City and Marshall County. The Superintendent says schools typically have to shut down because too many teachers are told to quarantine.