Bradley County Schools has announced it will reopen for in-person learning as scheduled Aug. 5. In an announcement made over social media on Wednesday, Bradley County Schools released its …
Bradley County Schools has announced it will reopen for in-person learning as scheduled Aug. 5.
In an announcement made over social media on Wednesday, Bradley County Schools released its preliminary decision and a timeline for future communication between now and the beginning of the 2020-21 school year.
“The return to school is on everyone’s mind," the school system statement — which did not include a source for attribution — explained.
The post added, "Bradley County Schools would like to inform you that our current plan, per the current board-approved calendar, is to return to school as scheduled on August 5, 2020. All schools will open and learning will resume in classrooms. Most operations will be normal with additional precautions in place.”
The statement went on to say that the “COVID situation remains fluid” and “changes can occur at any time.”
The district has already announced it will be adding 100 seats for students K-5 in addition to its open spots for grades 6-12 learning. This was given to accommodate parents uncomfortable with returning their children to in-person learning this fall, and Director of Schools Dr. Linda Cash said priority will be given to K-5 students registering for virtual school because they are immunocompromised.
The school has released a timeline notifying families of when new communication will be released.
The district’s reopening committee will begin analyzing data from the parent survey on reopening schools, which ended on Friday, June 12.
By early July, Bradley County Schools will finalize school-reopening plans and protocols and release them to the public, according to the timeline.
By mid-to-late July, “COVID Reopening Toolboxes,” along with back-to-school videos, will be released on the safe reopening of schools. That is the last expected communication, according to this timeline, prior to the reopening of schools.
A task force comprised of “education and public health experts” who have met weekly to “plan and provide recommendations on the reopening of schools" assisted in making the decision to reopen on schedule, according to a prior Bradley County Schools media statement.
On Monday, the Tennessee Department of Education released guidance for school districts planning to reopen this fall. These first five reopening toolkits provided general guidance for districts moving forward, advising them to create multiple plans for nutrition, transportation and their special populations in the event that schools must close again.
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