Wilson County Schools push back start date 2 weeks due to COVID-19


WILSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — Wilson County school leaders held a meeting Saturday morning about plans to re-open classrooms.

Officials discussed possible changes to the school calendar for the 2020-2021 school year.

They decided to change the first official day of classes for students. It will now be on August 17 and the first full day for teachers will be on August 10.

Prior to this decision, the first day of school for students was August 3 and the first day for teachers was July 27.

Fall break will remain the same. The last day of school will be June 4, 2021. The vote for the calendar change was 5-2. 

In addition, the teaching and learning model has been changed to begin the school year. Traditional was the original plan, but Wilson County Schools now intends to start the school year in a Modified Hybrid Model. The modification is due to the inclusion of all K-12 students. The previous Hybrid model was K-8, so this modification would now include all high school students. And, it’s been a week since the school board decided to not require students to wear masks when they return to class.

Wilson County School Board votes to not require masks in schools

The deadline to opt out of virtual learning will be Wednesday, July 29 at 3:30 p.m. Families can go on to skyward starting at noon on July 25 to opt out.

Most patients with COVID-19 have a mild respiratory illness including fever, cough and shortness of breath. The Tennessee Department of Health strongly encourages Tennesseans to wash your hands often with soap and water and to not touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.

The CDC recommends that organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 10 people or more throughout the United States.

High-risk individuals are defined as adults over 60 years old or people of any age with serious chronic medical conditions such as: Heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease.

The Tennessee Department of Health offers a COVID-19 Public Information Line at 877-857-2945, with information available daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Central Time.

Stay with News 2 for continuing coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic.


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