Johnson City Schools to open with 3 weeks of remote instruction for all students

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JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) — Johnson City Schools will start the 2020–21 school year with three weeks of full remote instruction for all students, the school system announced Tuesday.

The school year will begin for students on Aug. 10.

Johnson City Schools plans to begin in-person learning on Aug. 31.

“The situation will be re-evaluated before August 31 to determine the best path forward,” Johnson City Schools said in a news release. “The school district had already prepared full-time remote learning options for families who preferred their children not return to in-person learning on August 10.”

The school system says more information will be made available in the coming days.

Johsnon City Schools Board of Education Chairperson Tim Belisle spoke with News Channel 11’s Bianca Marais that the board had hoped initially that parents would have a choice between sending their kids to school in-person or virtually, but the rising in COVID-19 cases has made that impossible.

“There was the potential that a decision would be made to move to a full remote reopening, obviously as we’ve all seen over the last week the numbers have continued to grow in Washington County and so it became apparent that we needed to begin remotely for the safety of our students and our staff,” Belisle said. “It is in the best interest of everybody involved to make sure that we don’t contribute to our staff or our students or anybody’s family or friends from becoming ill as a result of beginning school in-person.”

Further information, he said, will will be made available later by the school administration.

“There’s a lot of work going on to establish who’s going to be teaching who, but the plan is that teachers will actually be in their buildings and they will be teaching from the school building that they are assigned to,” Belisle said.

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