Knox County Schools Working on Reopening Plan

Knox County Schools is detailing a three-part strategy for the Fall semester. While closely monitoring impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, in conjunction with state and local authorities, Knox County Schools say the effort will help shape their decision-making.

The Three Part Strategy Includes:

  • To solicit feedback from students, families and staff, a survey is available on the Knox County Schools’ website which includes questions about school operations in a scenario similar to the current Phase 2 conditions in Knox County. Responses from all members of the Knox County Schools community are welcome.
  • Second, the district has established a task force of community members from each school board district that will be led by Dr. Jerry Askew, President of the Alliance for Better Nonprofits. The goal of this task force is to provide an additional layer of communication to guide planning.
  • Finally, the district will be working with focus groups of students, teachers, principals and parents to seek insight from multiple perspectives about the fall semester.

The district is preparing for three possibilities when school resumes in the fall.

  • Ideally, students and teachers will return to the classroom as normal, while embracing new safety measures such as physical distancing.
  • A hybrid approach in which ​students would attend school part-time, ​and receive in-person instruction from their teacher in a classroom. In this scenario, part-time classroom instruction would be supplemented ​by a student’s teacher with remote learning. This could possibly involve staggering student attendance to allow for physical distancing and extra cleaning of school facilities.
  • a strategy of full-time remote learning, led by KCS teachers, that covers new material and allows for graded assignments, using the electronic devices provided through their 1:1 initiative.

Superintendent Bob Thomas said, “We want to ensure that resources, plans and procedures are in place so that the work of education doesn’t miss a beat this fall, and I’m confident we’ll be able to achieve that goal.”

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