Unicoi County Schools releases 2021-2022 reopening plans

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UNICOI COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) — Unicoi County Schools released its 2021-2022 reopening protocols ahead of the school year.

The school system said the health and safety of staff and students remain a priority.

The protocol includes the following:

  • Classroom, furniture and bus sanitation will continue.
  • Masks are not a requirement, but students and staff may wear one if they desire.
  • Parents and guardians are asked to monitor their children’s health.
  • COVID-19 vaccines are not required but are encouraged for eligible staff and students.
  • Students will be required to stay home for 10 days after receiving a positive COVID-19 test. Public health officials will conduct contact tracing.
  • Social distancing will be in effect when possible.
  • All school buildings will open at 7:15 a.m. to students.
  • All county school buses will have assigned seats.
  • There will be no self-service in the cafeteria. Food service staff will distribute food.
  • Water fountains will remain closed. Refilling stations for personal water bottles will be available.
  • Field trips and clubs will continue.
  • There will be no limit of fans at athletic events. Masks are not required.
  • Parents and guardians aren’t required to wear masks when meeting with school officials.

The above guidelines are subject to change depending on state and federal mandates.

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