Williamson Co. students to return Aug. 24 with phased-in approach

Posted at 5:05 PM, Aug 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-14 18:05:09-04

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WTVF) — Williamson County students who have chosen the traditional learning path for the semester will be heading back to school on August 24 with a phased-in approach.

District officials made the announcement Friday following the county's drop into the Low Community Spread category. School officials said the spread rate has slowed over the past three weeks from the community peak.

All elementary school students, including Pre-K and EC, will return to campus Monday, Aug. 24. Bus service will be offered, and cafeterias will serve meals. Students in 6th - 12th grades will remain remote.

On Friday, August 28, 6th and 9th-grade students will return to campus for on-campus learning. School officials say this will allow our newest learners at these school campuses to become familiar with the building, school day, etc. Bus service will be offered, and cafeterias will serve meals.

By Monday, Aug. 31, all traditional students will be on-campus. And online students will continue with their online program of study through the semester.

"Our screenings, mask requirement and other safety protocols have worked well for our students and staff who have been on campus during our medium protocol," the announcement read. "At the same time, Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Lisa Pearcy has stated that when schools reopen there will be positive cases. We are dependent on the local health department‘s work in those cases to ensure that they have the staff to conduct contact tracing when those events occur."