Editor’s Note: This story has been updated with more complete and corrected information from the Rogersville City School.
ROGERSVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL) – Rogersville City School officials held a conference call Thursday morning to inform parents of plans regarding the start of the school year.
According to Shane Bailey, the attendance, data and testing director for the school, the following protocols would remain in effect until status changes in the epicurve calculations.
Currently, the Tennessee Department of Health lists Hawkins County above the threshold for the rate of new COVID-19 cases.
Students in grades Kindergarten through 2nd will be split into A and B groups, alternating which days they receive in-person instruction. Friday will be used as a correspondence day for these students each week.
For students in grades 3rd through 8th, they will receive lessons through completely online means.
All students have the option to choose to go to school completely online.
School officials informed parents that teachers will be educating the students online and in the classroom at the same time.
Lessons will be recorded for students to access later if needed.
Temperature checks will be conducted every day before anyone enters Rogersville City School.
As part of this red zone protocol, if a student starts to feel bad and has a temperature during the middle of the school day, the entire class will be sent home and asked to quarantine for 14 days. Teachers will be required to do the same.
Masks are not required but are encouraged, school officials said on the call.
For students in the special education program, plans will be made on a case-by-case basis.
RCS officials said breakfast and lunch will be provided to all students every school day with pickup options available.
Free, paid and reduced meal plans still apply, unless the state changes rules for meals.
Parents who wish to pick up school lunch for their child will be able to until 1 p.m.
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