Etowah County Schools provide a rigorous, relevant education in a safe, student-centered environment that produces college and career ready graduates who contribute responsibly in a global community.

Welcome to Etowah County Schools

As the Superintendent, I invite you to explore our site
to learn about the numerous opportunities and
services we provide to over 8500 students learning
and growing in Etowah County Schools. I encourage
you to become involved in your child’s education - both inside
and outside of the classroom. Your involvement will help
your sons and daughters be more successful in all that they do.

Educators play a critical role of teaching knowledge
and skills, but children’s attitudes toward school and their habits of studying, reading and learning, are largely developed at home. Our children need all of our support to reach their potential as great thinkers, innovators, and leaders. The commitment we make now will benefit  our state and country as they become citizens of the world, competing, and collaborating in an ever-changing global environment.

There are many ways to be involved with your child’s education. This includes not only establishing routine homework habits, but also making time to get to know your child’s teachers, administrators, and other staff members at his or her school. Ask how you can become involved in your child’s educational experience.

We are dedicated to serving our students. Please join me in preparing our children to become successful citizens!


Alan Cosby, Ed.D.


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School Reopening Message from Dr. Alan Cosby
Hello everyone, I hope you are having a great summer and are staying well! We are currently developing our plan to return to school on August 11, 2020. This plan is being developed based on guidance that was released last week by The Alabama State Department of Education. The Roadmap to Reopening Schools gives each local school system general guidance and assistance in crafting specific plans that are tailored for each local school system. We are using the ALSDE guidance to build the framework of our plan that is specific to the Etowah County Schools. The guidance provided by the ALSDE and our Etowah County plan are both living documents that will be revised and updated throughout the school year. A very challenging school year lies ahead for us and we want to assure you that we will do everything possible and practical to provide a sound education for our students while also having a safe school environment. The academic, emotional, and safety of our students will be our focus. Our preliminary Etowah County Reopening overview will be released by Wednesday, July 8, 2020. This will only be our initial guidance and our complete plan will be released shortly thereafter. We will be releasing this via our social media platforms and our website. I want to thank everyone for your patience during this very difficult and uncertain time. Your support for your local schools and the Etowah County Schools is greatly appreciated. I hope that you have a happy and safe 4th of July! Sincerely, Alan Cosby Superintendent
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School Reopening
Dear Etowah County Students, Parents and Stakeholders, As you are probably already aware the Alabama State Department of Education has released guidance concerning the reopening of schools for the upcoming year which will begin on August 11th in our system. Our Etowah County Schools leadership team is busy formulating our plan to reopen our schools utilizing this guidance. Our system also released a survey concerning reopening and if you have not already done so please complete this at your earliest convenience. Please copy and paste the link (English) or (Spanish) in your browser or click “Read More.” Although our final plan has yet to be released, please know that we plan to offer both a traditional schooling option within our buildings as well as a remote learning option which will allow students to learn away from the traditional school setting. We plan to have specifics on the remote option in the near future. For students returning to the traditional school setting safety will be paramount. We will follow guidelines from The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for cleaning and sanitizing our buildings as well as providing hand sanitizer for regular use. I want to thank everyone for their diligence and patience since March. We will communicate our Etowah County specific plan to all stakeholders shortly and please know that our priorities are the safety of our students and employees while also providing the best educational opportunities possible. Sincerely, Alan Cosby, Ed.D.
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ECBOE Educational Learning Options Survey
Attention: Parents & Guardians At this time, we are requesting that each household with students who attend ECBOE schools, complete the ECBOE Educational Learning Options Survey. Please copy and paste the link (English) or (Spanish) in your browser or click "Read More" to complete the survey. This survey will give ECBOE insight on how to begin planning for the 2020 - 2021 school year.
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John S. Jones & Southside Elementary First Class PreK Registration is Now Open
Online registration is June 9, 2020 - July 9, 2020. Random selection will be July 14, 2020, 9:00 a.m., at the Etowah County Board of Education. Attendance during the random selection is not required.
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Meal Distribution
Meal kits will be distributed from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, 6/4 - 6/11 - 6/18 - 6/25 - 7/9 - 7/16 - 7/23 - 7/30 & Wednesday, 7/1. Distribution times will last for 2 hours, or until meals are gone. Meals are FREE to all students age 18 and under. Students must be present to receive meals. Each kit will contain 7 breakfast and 7 lunch meals. Meal Distribution Locations: Gaston, Glencoe Elementary, Highland Elementary, Hokes Bluff Middle, Ivalee Elementary, John S. Jones Elementary, Sardis Middle & West End High
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Break for a Plate Alabama
Students in need of breakfast and lunch can receive them free at sites across the state. Visit for locations.
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Congratulations Class of 2020!
Congratulations Class of 2020!
Etowah County Schools Class of 2020 Earned $9,239,394.00 in College Scholarships
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Two Etowah County Students Named as National Merit Scholarship Finalists
Congratulations! Sadie Ross from Sardis High and Kyler Smith from Southside High named as National Merit Scholarship Finalist.
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Summer Professional Development
Summer Professional Development
Teachers: Looking for something to do this summer? Check out the ECBOE Summer PD Fair.
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Make Time for Learning this Summer!
The Alabama State Department of Education is offering free resources. To learn more about the Alabama Summer Learning Challenge click "Read More"
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Alabama 2020 Census
Alabama can obtain $13 billion in federal funding used to improve our state's future. This money means better health care, education opportunities, infrastructure development, economic growth, and more. Take the Census by phone, mail or online. For more information, visit
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