Williamson County begins phased-in return to campus on Monday

Posted at 6:19 AM, Aug 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-24 07:35:55-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Students in Williamson County will start slowly going back to campus this week after seeing progress in the battle against COVID-19.

Williamson County is taking a phased-in approach, meaning students will come back slowly in groups over the next week.

District leaders say they are confident in this decision based on information from local and state health authorities. The county is considered to be in the “low community spread” category, with a mask mandate still in effect.

On Monday, Pre-K and Elementary school students will return to campus, and 6th and 9th graders will head back on Friday.

Director of Schools Dr. Jason Golden says he wanted those 6th and 9th graders to get the chance to get used to their new environment since they’ll be in different schools to start off the year.

“That's going to serve a couple of purposes. Number one, for the value of those students, that they have a day where they get that familiarization on campus, and they get that direct relationship with their teachers. And they get a familiarity with the schedule,” said Golden.

Next Monday, all students who didn't choose the remote learning option will be back in the classroom. The district says it's ready to handle any positive cases and will rely on the health department for contact tracing.